January 27, 2020

“If you want to use a piece of evidence from a deposition or a tape, make sure that other parts of the tape do not destroy the parts that you used.”

That was Senate Judiciary Committee chair Lindsay Graham, speaking with Maria Bartiromo on SUNDAY MORNING FUTURES after a spectacular Saturday morning take-down by Trump’s attorneys of the House impeachment managers. Even though President Trump had been prohibited from having his own witnesses (or even one attorney) in the “inquiry” and House Republicans couldn’t ask questions unapproved by Schiff, Trump’s attorneys showed how information gathered by the managers themselves –- including testimony from their own witnesses –- hidden during their Senate presentation, destroyed their case for impeachment.

Trump’s lawyers were masterful, and just warming up for the longer session Monday. They showed why these House representatives, with all their misrepresentation of fact, would more aptly be called “misrepresentatives.” If you didn’t watch because you’re sick of the whole mess, you really should go back and watch it. Unlike the Democrats’ excruciating, embarrassing, insulting, monotonous, endlessly repetitious 22-hour lie-fest, this is fabulous and runs only about two hours. And whatever you do, don’t miss Monday.

I’m not a lawyer, but it sure seems that in a real court of law, Schiff and Nadler would be disbarred for their manipulation of evidence. They were, in effect, lying to the jury. Nadler not only called the President a “dictator,” he offended senators by accusing them of participating in “the cover-up” if they didn’t vote to convict. I realize there are numerous sleazebag attorneys alive and well and trying cases in courtrooms throughout America (for example, those prosecuting Michael Flynn) but, given the importance of this case, these two snakes belong at the very top of the list of those who disgrace their profession. They validate every lawyer joke in the book --- though what they’re doing to justice and the Constitution is no joke.

Saturday, Trump’s lawyers destroyed the managers’ assertion that Trump cared only about “getting” Joe Biden before the 2020 election, not Ukraine corruption. Evidence deliberately edited out of the managers’ presentation proves that Trump was indeed concerned with addressing corruption and also seeing European countries doing more of the heavy lifting on funding Ukraine’s defense.

They also decimated the claim that Trump had conditioned a White House meeting with President Zelensky at the White House on Ukraine’s investigation of the Bidens, or at least an announcement of such. No announcement or investigation of the Bidens happened, yet Zelensky had his meeting. It was Zelensky who suggested another location, Poland. There were logistical reasons –- a HURRICANE, okay? –- for Trump not going to Poland on September 1 as planned, though the Vice President was able to go. Zelensky met Trump later in New York, and this was evidently fine with Zelensky.

Trump’s attorneys did what supporters had hoped they’d do: they played video of Schiff on the House floor doing what he later called his “parody” of Trump on the call –- talking like a mafioso practically threatening to break Zelensky’s thumbs if he didn’t cooperate. A total lie. Obviously he’d assumed Trump wouldn’t release the transcript, which turned out to contain nothing that wasn’t perfectly respectful and even kind. Trump didn’t ask Zelensky to “do ME a favor” at all. Point by point, Trump’s attorneys dismantled the managers’ –- and also, importantly, the “whistleblower’s” –- characterization of that call. House managers should be ashamed of themselves, but they’re not.

Even though the House’s case was killed deader than a doornail, Trump’s attorneys on Monday will embalm it, dig a grave 30 feet down, throw the case in, fill up the hole, stomp all over it, and plant pretty little flowers on top. Of course, Schiff will still insist on more witnesses; that’s probably why they, weirdly, mentioned the Bidens about 3 million times on their last day of arguments, to MANEUVER Republicans into calling Hunter Biden so they could start calling witnesses themselves. House managers would prefer to draw out their suffering, hoping for a turn in the case, rather than end it quickly.

If Trump’s attorneys want to stop managers from calling witnesses and turning this whole sham into months of chaos that interfere with the 2020 election more than Vladimir Putin or anyone else could ever hope, all they have to do is state that #1 on their list is NOT Hunter Biden but Eric Ciaramella (“the whistleblower”). #2: Adam Schiff.

Jonathan Turley suggested this to House managers: negotiate to drop Article II –- “obstruction of Congress” –- in exchange for being allowed to call one witness per side (John Bolton, Hunter Biden). But if I can see through this, I’m sure Trump’s magnificent team has. Yes, voting on this would require senators to go on record opposing House Democrats’ abuse of power, but Article II is D.O.A. anyway, ridiculous on its face. Managers would just focus harder on Article I. Senate Democrats would say they dropped Article II because that was the only way they could get more witnesses.

Also, this would lengthen the process, as Bolton would be subpoenaed and Trump would have to cite executive privilege. It would slow everything down and crack the door for bringing in more witnesses. And Hunter’s not worth it; he’d probably take the Fifth anyway. The Senate Judiciary Committee will take up the Bidens after this is over. In my Saturday evening edition, I linked to Turley’s entire commentary; in case you didn’t see it...

As superfluous as witnesses are at this point, there’s one last piece of evidence that Schiff hasn’t released, and it does relate to the “whistleblower.” This is the 179-page transcript of testimony from Intel Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson, who received the complaint from (I’ll say it) Eric Ciaramella and chose to pass it on. As Rep. John Ratcliffe noted on Sunday, though managers referred on the Senate floor to “17 witnesses,” there were really 18, and Atkinson is the one they’re omitting.

Atkinson was the second witness interviewed in the House. Ratcliffe was in the room. He said this: “You can bet that if that transcript was helpful to Adam Schiff and the Democrats and harmful to President Trump, everyone would have seen it by now. But instead, it’s just the opposite. It’s the one transcript that talks about Adam Schiff and the ‘whistleblower.’ Now everyone knows by now that Adam Schiff was not truthful about his contacts with the ‘whistleblower.’ What they don’t know, and what’s in that transcript, is that the ‘whistleblower’ wasn’t truthful about his contacts with Adam Schiff.”

Schiff has lied countless times, notably about the FBI’s FISA application and renewals to spy on Carter Page, two of which –- and likely more later –-have been found to be unlawful. He wrongly tried to discredit Nunes’ critique of those applications; Nunes was being truthful. Schiff even falsely claimed he had evidence that Trump was acting on behalf of Putin.

As Ratcliffe put it, “Adam Schiff says things that he knows are not true with supreme conviction...Democrats think that makes him effective; we think that makes him dangerous.” Let’s face it: Schiff is one big lying sack of Schiff, and his undeserved forum needs to end. He and his similarly disingenuous crew need to be dismissed from the Senate floor as soon as it is feasible.

Janitors at the Capitol building will have to mop up the slime trail they leave on the way out.



If you didn’t see Sunday’s LIFE, LIBERTY & LEVIN, constitutionalist Mark Levin goes into more detail on the trial, followed by a fascinating interview with Peter Schweizer, author of CLINTON CASH and the brand-new PROFILES IN CORRUPTION, on the Bidens, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren. Highly recommended...


Peter Schweizer on media bias, his new book and the 'two sides to Joe Biden'

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  • Carol Breeden

    02/03/2020 02:20 PM

    Truth wins in the end!!!!!!

  • Patsy

    01/30/2020 09:20 AM

    Great article and commentary!

  • rodney Burke

    01/28/2020 02:49 PM

    if they really WANT Bolton, then suspend the trial and get down to business while the courts hash "executive privilege" out. Then when they have a decision take up the trial again. that would take some of the steam off. ha, ha!
    I have been reading that the missiles were given at a separate time from the rest of the aid given on 9/12/19 If that is true, would you discuss it as a separate issue?

    I think it is now VERY apparent that the dems are NOT dems, they are avowed communists and they should be treated as communists and enemy of the USA and it's people. The constitution was held in contempt, all it says which they violated is some kind of offense. They showed their total moral void in this proceeding. And someone leaving the party in the midst of this is ample proof of the contemptuous nature of democrats who are NO longer democrats. Time for the gloves off and stop being nice. They don't WANT to reach across the aisle. They don't WANT there to be an aisle. This is a totalitarian party, they say it in the clear.It was a disgrace from the start and only getting progressively worse.

    Oh! What about the crash of Kobe, the bus with Sandmann on it and the release of Bolton's book (supposedly All the day before the defense team was about to bring their case? And the suspicious nature of the crash as I read somewhere? Deep state, trying to flood the news cycle?

  • Joan Spicer

    01/28/2020 12:06 PM

    This is a comment I’ve copied and am presenting to Gov. Huckabee, as it is my personal concern as well.

    What worries me is that I have seen and heard Lindsey Graham over many years. I would not be surprised if he does a back door deal with the Democrats to have no witnesses, and in return (and what's worse), no investigation hearings after this impeachment hearing is over; meaning all their cumulative corruption, plus the Bidens will get away with everything, while we are still waiting for a war hero to get sentenced for jail time. I don't trust Lindsey Graham he's two faced.

  • Larry Anderson

    01/27/2020 09:53 PM

    We mustn’t forget how the government in Germany was changed between the wars.

  • joseph orsini PhD

    01/27/2020 08:19 PM

    Bolton TESTIFY ??? Surely policy discussions about Biden/Ukraine/corruption would include the option of withholding aid in return for investigation, and possibly Trump said those words. BUT it was not done. Period. "Free Speech" would allow discussion to take place without calling it criminal.

  • Rhonda Fulghum

    01/27/2020 07:29 PM

    Isn't it odd that just as Dems are wanting to call Bolton as a witness that leaks pertaining to his book are circulating that support what the Dems want? Who leaked? Why right now as Trump's team takes the stage? I refer to this as a stage because of the theatrics thus far. Dems do not play fair and it is time the Republicans face this fact and get in the game with some emotion and conviction.

  • Janet pingston

    01/27/2020 06:06 PM

    We now have the reason for the gold impeachment papers by Nancy. She was waiting for the Bolton book to be completed and released. It did not happen -timely. So an “unidentifiable source”. ?

  • Steven Ridinger

    01/27/2020 05:34 PM

    I hope and pray that all the Democrats that are lying and trying to impeach our President are all held accountable, and do jail time.

  • Helen Tritt

    01/27/2020 05:24 PM

    Thank you Governor for your wonderful and truthful column, I love your columns and your sense of humor. LYING SHIFFTY SCHIFF & WALKING PENGUIN NADLER are LOWER THAN A SNAKE'S BELLY...they should be THROWN OUT OF CONGRESS, DISBARRED AND WEARING AN ORANGE JUMP SUIT FOR THEIR NEXT OUTING!!!!
    President Trump's legal team CRUCIFIED THE democrats on Saturday and am looking forward to literally BURYING THEM IN THEIR OWN GRAVE!
    God Bless You and thank you for all that you do in keeping TRUTH ALIVE AND WELL.

  • Margaret Hamm

    01/27/2020 05:17 PM

    Neither one of the links you put at the bottom of this message works. Levin, etc.

  • Kevin Carter

    01/27/2020 05:15 PM

    Speaker Pelosi did not have the Constitutional authority to demand an impeachment inquiry by the House intelligence and judicial committees. That authority can only come from a majority vote of the full membership of the House. Pelosi disenfranchised 434 of the people's representatives and acted like a dictator. Since the committees had no Constitutional authority to issue subpeonas,
    or commence an impeachment inquiry, everything that happened after that fact should be irrelevent. In other words, the whole impeachment process was and is illegal. Pelosi's actions are the epitome of "abuse of power"!

  • Granny Anne

    01/27/2020 03:45 PM

    This topic is a bit out of context, but I have this to say about abortion. My mother told me that when she was pregnant with me the doctor told her that she should have an abortion. He told her that the baby was not healthy and insisted she have abortion. She refused and the baby was me. I am 84 yrs old and in good health. I've had hard times and good times and pulled through all of them. I have two sons, who are both men who help others and have children and grandchildren of their own. The grandchildren and greats are all doing well and seem to care about others as well as themselves. I am thankfull for the life I've had and am having. There have always been those who want to harm and destroy anything that gets in the way of their pleasure, and I believe there have always, and always will be, those who take responsibility for their own experiences and work to make things better for all. Thanks for letting me say this.

  • Rhonda Glazner

    01/27/2020 03:21 PM

    Ken Starr had an amazing speech! It’s so true that impeachment should have truly serious infractions and should be bipartisan. The democrats are evil in throwing fits because their candidate wasn’t elected. This is a travesty of justice.

  • Birney Dayton

    01/27/2020 03:05 PM

    The witness thing is interesting. Witnesses would inconvenience Trump a bit, but very unlikely that they would cause his ouster. OTOH, witnesses would almost surely kill Biden's chances. So the question is, are the Dems trying to get rid of Biden? Note that the side effect of witnesses would likely be to tar and feather the Obama legacy, but maybe the Dems haven't thought that far.

  • Bruce Long

    01/27/2020 02:56 PM

    The Levin and Schweizer vidios would not load directly...haven't tried alternative access yet.

  • Harold Levi

    01/27/2020 02:34 PM

    Gov, Sir, do the Marxist-Democrats have any idea how close the shooting war is? I had a discussion with the delivery guy for my medical O2 (I am on full-time oxygen). People here in North Georgia are highly insulted by the Marxist's actions in about everything they do from trying to remove a duly elected President to Virginia trying to take away our guns. I, for one, apologize to the my grandchildren and all of the other young people of the U.S. Unfortunately, most of the youth are being brainwashed into believing the Marxist are the way of the future.

    GOD, please forgive me!!

  • Rebecca Holstine

    01/27/2020 02:34 PM

    I have watched Schiff for 3 years now. And have never heard him tell the truth. I do not understand why he hasn't been disbarred. Even after Mueller's report says that Pres. Trump did not collude with Russia, Schiff still brought Russia and Putin into his impeachment presentation. Still trying to push a totally unfounded lie. Has he not heard the Mueller or the IG's report? Or is he simply a mentally ill person that finds a lie better than the truth?

  • Brent H. Speight

    01/27/2020 01:44 PM

    I look forward to your newsletter, Gov. Huckabee---today's lead subject was one of your finest columns, if not our best.

    I had the honor to meet you in July, 2009, when I had the privilege to introduce you at annual meeting of the Missouri Association of Insurance Agents at the Tan-Tar-A Resort at the Lake of the Ozarks.

  • Joyce Birch

    01/27/2020 01:41 PM

    A Bolton bomb! What's the next shoe to drop? Interesting to see how the Republicans handle this. A stream doesn't run straight, many turns & this is what's happening with the impeachment.

  • Diana Foltz

    01/27/2020 01:38 PM

    Truly enjoy your commentaries, I always turn to you, Mr. Huckabee for the truth. I must say I am concerned about John Bolton's testimony, if it happens. I have not studied enough to know if the left is just trying to intimidate us. Will be so glad when this is over.

  • Carl "T" Smith

    01/27/2020 01:35 PM

    Just additional information to my point of having not only a media but elected Representatives cannot or will not overcome thier "understanding" of the Constitution. The Founders IMO glossed over the impeachment process because they felt that Only Moral and Religious people would EVER be elected. So EDUCATION is more important now than at any other time in my lifetime and it SHOULD be apparent to all that one of the precepts of the Communist Manifesto is to CONTROL education and the over 85-90% of Teachers are more to the Left than even the center. The media has abandoned all appearances of objectivity and whether by Group Think Mentality( all drinking at the same watering holes of the same Kool Aid- TEAM PLAYERS?) or just outright hatred for some OUTSIDER to come in an upset thier Playhouse. This plays into the idea of Millennials being ignorant about the Holocaust harkens back to a Newsreel I viewed in 45 at the Heights Theatre in Houston TX. General Eisenhauer was addressing the camera and stating every [journalist/Reporter/Photographer] in theatre should come record this horror because "in a hundred years people would deny it ever happened". Other than being off by half a century I don't believe he believed the media and historians could or would ever distort much less lie about something so important. There are some good young people that are willing to take the time to dig thru the chaff and put together the Facts in Sequence. Just this AM I watched Katie Pavlich hand VETERAN JOURNALIST Chris Wallace his ego in a basket by not having his FACTS straight. Wallace has now obtained the Walter Lippman award. "Self Importance has RUINED more good journalist than Bad Liquor". The Cardinal Rule for integrity is the ability to admit 'I don't know' BUT I will Find Out .

  • Kelly Maggart

    01/27/2020 01:28 PM

    As for witnesses the Demonrats should've done their job in the House before sending the Articles to the Senate. You snooze you lose.

  • Kelly Maggart

    01/27/2020 01:25 PM

    I watched the entire take down on Saturday. I loved watching their masterful takedown of the Demonrats. I really enjoy your show every week. You're such a blessing!! God bless you.

  • Jerry Korba

    01/27/2020 01:24 PM

    The power the House has on Impeachment is a Farce in itself. Impeachment no longer should be tied to people that brings self serving driven agendas where the rule of law is schiffed and is trampled. A real court should determine Impeachment not someone that will threaten to stick a pike thru your head if you don't agree with him or her. The Founders knew of people like Pelosi they knew corrupt and hatred would be passed thru DNA and end up here in 2020 they did the best they could to write laws against atrocities like the 2020 Impeachment they just didn't know DNA could be so corroded by this time. Corroded DNA exposed by Pelosi and its managers ,actions so disgraceful and dishonest so hateful we the people are the victims the founders knew of these people they read about the devils doings. MAGA