The Lawyer Leak
Last evening, news broke alleging that a former FBI lawyer is currently under criminal investigation for altering documents related to the application for a FISA warrant to surveil Trump campaign associate Carter Page. This revelation is based on the findings of Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, whose report will be released on December 9th.
Keep in mind that the FISA courts were established so that intelligence agencies could monitor America's enemies -- foreign spies and terrorists.
We already know those courts were abused by elements of the Obama/Biden Administration in what clearly looks like an attempt to bring down candidate Trump and then to undermine President-elect Trump in the months leading up to and following his inauguration.
Most conservative commentators and analysts, as well as the president this morning on Fox News, are pleased with this leak, if it is true, because it appears to support what we have all been saying for the past three years.
I want to urge caution, however. The leak went to CNN and the Washington Post, which tells me that it's likely coming from the same Deep State people inside the intelligence agencies who are routinely leaking to friendly left-wing outlets.
Maybe they are just trying to get ahead of the story so it won't appear as dramatic when it is confirmed on December 9th. But there's another very real possibility.
Perhaps this unnamed former FBI lawyer is being set up as the fall guy. By that I mean maybe the Deep State has picked somebody and decided to throw him under the bus, while claiming that his actions didn't have that much impact and that everything else was done by the book.
After the repeated disappointments of the last three years, I think it is prudent to temper our enthusiasm until we have all the facts.
Trump Wants A Trial
President Trump spent much of the day yesterday with GOP senators, discussing a host of issues. He had lunch with several senators, including Mitt Romney and Susan Collins, and later hosted Sen. Lindsey Graham and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
As a result of these deliberations, it appears that an agreement has been reached between the president, the Senate leadership, as well as Trump's defenders in the House. If Speaker Pelosi, Adam Schiff and House Democrats impeach the president, our side will call their bluff.
We will have a trial, and we will subpoena the witnesses Schiff refused to call. We will bring Hunter Biden, the Deep State "whistleblower" and others before the Senate and the American people.
And if this trial goes on for some time, Senators Booker, Harris, Klobuchar, Sanders and Warren will be stuck in Washington, while Mayor Pete and Sleepy Joe are dominating the campaign trail.
By the way, you may recall that Nancy Pelosi said recently that she was pursuing impeachment in a "somber" and "prayerful" manner. Well, apparently some of Schiff's staffers didn't get the memo. After putting the country through this wrenching experience, they threw a party at a Washington, D.C. bar last night.
Their celebrations may be premature. After weeks of baseless accusations and five days of public hearings, the latest polls (here and here) suggest that the tide is turning against the left's impeachment nonsense.
Making His Case
President Trump took over Fox & Friends this morning during the 8:00 hour. If you missed it, you can watch it here.
It struck me that the Fox co-hosts were really beside the point. They did their best to interject and ask Trump questions, but the president used the time well to get his points across.
Here's what really jumped out at me, and I hope it's the beginning of a new theme. In discussing Ukraine, the president emphasized something he's touched on before but, in my view, should be his main argument.
He said he was concerned about corruption and frustrated with constant giveaways to foreign countries.
"Why should we be giving hundreds of millions of dollars to countries when there's this kind of corruption," Trump asked. "Why isn't Germany putting up money? Why isn't France putting up money? . . . The European Union is benefitting a lot more from Ukraine than we are."
In case I don't get to see the president today, I hope our friends at the White House will tell him that this argument is a grand slam home run. He needs to keep saying it!
The Chicken Wars
Like so much of America, Chick-fil-A has been caught up in a culture war it never wanted. But while the left has insisted on forcing its morality on the rest of the country, Chick-fil-A has remained true to its values while most of Corporate America surrendered with barely a fight.
Or so it seemed until this week when reports emerged that Chick-fil-A's charitable foundation will no longer support the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Christians who have rallied to Chick-fil-A's defense over the years were confused and crestfallen.
There was no reason for this apparent betrayal. The company has been wildly successful, especially when you consider that it is closed one day a week. It gained nothing from the left. Predictably the tyrants of tolerance demanded even more, while loyal customers were livid.
I am pleased to report that my friend Franklin Graham went straight to the top for a clear answer. He called Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy, who assured Graham that the company remains committed to is core values. I certainly hope so.
In the days ahead, please join me in praying for the leadership of Chick-fil-A to remain steadfast in the faith.
Any time you hear something that demoralizes you, I want you to think about this: President Trump and the Republican Senate are making tremendous progress when it comes to restoring balance to the federal courts.
This week, the Senate confirmed Judge Barbara Logoa to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, flipping the court's composition to a conservative majority. In recent weeks, Trump appointees have flipped the Second and Third Circuit Courts too!
While it may seem at times that little is getting done in Washington, more than 160 Trump judges have been confirmed because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made reforming the courts his top priority.
If Donald Trump and Mike Pence get four more years, and if the GOP maintains control of the Senate, many more circuit courts will be flipped and our slim 5-to-4 majority on the Supreme Court could well become a 6-to-3 majority.