After months of being excluded from the closed-door “impeachment inquiry” of the House Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees –- hearing only the selective leaks, lies and talking points orchestrated by Adam Schiff –- Republicans finally grew spines and said “enough is enough!” On Wednesday, they marched through the halls of the Capitol Building and down, down, down the stairs to the secure room –- a SCIF, pronounced “skiff” –- where the secret hearings are being held, and (horrors!) walked right into the room, disrupting the planned testimony of Pentagon official Laura Cooper, the person who oversees matters pertaining to Ukraine and Russia. What fun it would have been to be touring the Capitol that day and see history in the making, as apparently nothing like this has ever happened before.

No, I don’t mean the Republicans growing spines, though that happens all too rarely. I mean the organized disruption of a secret meeting. And they didn’t “storm” the room, as many in the mainstream press have reported. They calmly entered, following the lead of Minority Whip Steve Scalise, and sat quietly. They didn’t do anything to block the testimony; Democrats simply wouldn’t proceed with them there. As for the charge that they brought cell phones and other electronic devices into a “secure” room, it should be noted that this hearing had been specified as non-classified. According to Scalise, Schiff looked around and realized they weren’t leaving, so “he took his witness and ran out of the room.”

The GOP legislators ordered in pizzas --- 17, to be exact --- as Schiff’s hearing was delayed for five hours. There were also two large bags of Chick-Fil-A. So at least for a while, the fetid stink of the swamp in that room was replaced with the smell of delicious pizza and chicken.

How dare the Republicans behave so inappropriately! This just isn’t done. Never mind that Congress trying to impeach a President of the United States in secret REALLY is not done. That’s certainly a first.

Once the drama subsided, Cooper testified for over three hours, and, yes, it was behind closed doors. As reported by FOX News, North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows said there were conflicts between her testimony and that of William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, who appeared (also behind closed doors, of course) on Tuesday.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called what Republicans did a “stunt.” “This stunt from House Republicans is designed to intimidate people from revealing the truth --- hardly the hallmark of a democracy. It’s outrageous --- but not surprising --- behavior.” Hey, if anyone is an expert on hiding the truth and working against democracy, it’s Schumer. And if anything is a stunt, it’s this whole sham “impeachment.”

As POLITICO reported, New Jersey Democrat Rep. Tom Malinowski dismissed the Republicans, saying, “It’s a bunch of Freedom Caucus members having pizza around a conference table pretending to be brave.” In truth, some were Freedom Caucus members, others were not, and the Freedom Caucus deserves high praise for not backing down over these months and recognizing the right of the American people to know what’s being done behind closed doors.

Apparently, the Judiciary Committee –- the one normally at the helm of any legitimate impeachment inquiry –- has been completely shut out, and we still don’t know why Speaker Nancy Pelosi sidelined Jerrold Nadler. (We do know that she must see advantages to having the Intel Committee run things, such as using its ability to hold classified hearings to shroud what they’re doing in secrecy.) Schiff is running this show now and he makes up his own rules as he goes along. There is no way to know if these hearings are being conducted with any fairness or any sense of accountability. But I think we might safely assume the worst.

Recall that yesterday, we looked at how Hillary Clinton wanted to run the Nixon impeachment hearings. Back then, the Judiciary Committee shut her down. She must look at what is happening now and rub her hands together with glee. Former independent prosecutor Ken Starr warned Wednesday in an interview with Shannon Bream that a “constitutional train wreck” is coming, but that it could still be avoided if Congress would follow the proper proceedings, with a real vote on the floor of Congress and hearings conducted in public. “I think this is quite evil and pernicious,” he said, “to have the battling narratives of what happened [behind] closed doors when there’s no classified information.”

Democrats say the Republicans were just taking (literal) marching orders from President Trump, but they say they did it because they are fed up. Some of them accused Republicans of doing this because they were scared after Bill Taylor’s Tuesday testimony and needed some distraction from that. But if you can get past the highly misleading MSM headlines, you’ll see that his testimony offered no evidence of the alleged quid pro quo (military aid in exchange for investigating the Bidens).  Obviously, they'd subpoenaed Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, to testify because of texts he'd exchanged with two State Department officials, Kurt Volker and Gordon Sondland, in which he wrote, “As I said on the phone, I think it’s crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign.” Wow, the Democrats must have thought they’d hit the jackpot with that.

But they apparently hit a dry hole again (details below). It’s too bad we don’t have all the testimony, especially on video, because it would be fun to watch Adam Schiff trying with all his might to lead witnesses to say Trump tied military aid to targeting the Bidens. This would be entertaining stuff, the kind that goes down well with some delicious pizza.

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  • Susan K

    10/24/2019 05:52 PM

    I’m so fed up with Adam Schiff! It’s tough to watch this mental freak’s antics each day. It’s astonishing how low this pathetic loony bin will stoop. I can only hope and pray the voters of this country gives these dummies a one way ticket home on Election Day !!

  • Carol Galvin

    10/24/2019 05:48 PM

    The whole sad mess somewhat like a horror film (yes, I have seen a few in my day) and as the tension builds and things go from bad to worse and the music plays louder and the surroundings grow darker...all of a sudden things take a turn due to our hero on a white horse! YUP saw those movies and know how they all ended...the same way this charade is going to end. Light overtakes darkness and good always defeats evil. My popcorn is almost gone so I am eagerly looking forward to the ending which I know is coming!!

  • Kim Freeman

    10/24/2019 04:47 PM

    The Republicans are dealing with a total Chicken Schiff.

  • Rita Simpson

    10/24/2019 04:19 PM

    Well, it’s about time the Republicans did something!!!

  • Rick Holcomb

    10/24/2019 03:59 PM

    I shared this on facebook, and a couple of my friends, are comparing these hearings to the Benghazi, hearings, that I didn't know about.
    " Republicans held closed meetings re: Benghazi & thought it was perfectly fine. Now they don’t like it when the Democrats have that same policy for the impeachment hearings. This part of the investigation can be compared to a grand jury inquiry. What and who they present is not made public until the decision to move ahead or not. " This one quote.
    Could you please address this, publicly, I feel it is like comparing grapes to watermelons, I would really appreciate a response that I can share again on facebook.

  • Donna Beckstein

    10/24/2019 03:46 PM

    The GOP crashing the secret meeting was delicious!

  • Jannette F. Dillingham

    10/24/2019 03:35 PM

    At this point, I don't care if President Trump did some perceived error in what he said. I don't care because the democrats have hurt our country, our standing in the world, and the citizens of the United States. After 21/2 years of the Russian collusion and the democrats lies, enough is enough. They have done irrevocable damage. They should be charged with treason and fired, and no retirement.

  • Nola Witt

    10/24/2019 03:34 PM

    Thank God that the Republicans are finely standing up and fighting!!!! We have been waiting for our Republicans to step up and demand facts and the truth from the lying and corrupt Democrats who are continuing to break their Oath of Office to the American people and our Constitution. We are afforded the right to Life, Liberty and the pursute of Happiness. Also freedom of Speech and the right to bare arms. This is what the Democrats are wanting to deny the American people, and if our Republican members of the House and Senate don't stand up and fight for us, we will be a nation gone under. THANK YOU REPUBLICANS FOR STANDING UP AND FIGHTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • A. D. Vinke

    10/24/2019 03:31 PM

    My friend says that liberalism is a disease.
    The Democrats are proving that statement every day.

  • Raymond D Babcock

    10/24/2019 03:22 PM

    Secrecy does not work in a democratic elected republic. FISA secret courts. CIA NSA secret police. This all sounds a lot like Nazi. The ones are government brought back to America after WW-2.

  • rodney burke

    10/24/2019 03:08 PM

    the interruption of a criminal enter[rose bu [atriots. Really? "This only confirms that the dems are criminals and NOT politicians. They are full blown communists/nazis This type of stuff is KGB or Gettapo tactics and NOt political.. Let's stop calling them dems and call them socialists commie freaks. Good for them. Deven and Steve said "enough is enough." It's about time the Sgt at arms started arresting dems and not us.

  • Ann Brannan

    10/24/2019 03:00 PM

    The Republicans are playing Offense and the Dems are playing Defense! I am sick of the Dirty Dems playing games and our country is at stake! Most of them are involved in the Ukraine deal (and their children)! Pelosi and Shiff went over and make deals to make money to put in their pockets. No mention in the press, not even Fox News! And I am sure there is more, much more than I know! Nothing surprises me anymore! I keep remembering than Haman was hanged on the very gallows that he made for Mordeci! There may be a lesson here!

  • L.J. Lewis

    10/24/2019 02:56 PM

    I want to ask a question. Doesn't congress make the laws? If this is so, then they're making new laws [as needed] for themselves. Sounds like they're not living under the same rule/law as others have to live under. And as far as I can see, there's not a thing anyone can do about it. Who's going to arrest or prosecute one of them for threatening, (like m. waters did Trump) lying, conniving, twisting words and testimony, trying to intimidate/scare/force people to agree with them behind closed doors just to get what they want? No-one; because they make the laws. Can't seem to vote them out. For one reason, the dead and illegals are voting. And they're promising things to everyone else they cannot fulfill; Free everything. There's no such thing as free. It always cost someone. And in this case a lot of someones a life time of work, and in some cases their lives for all this free stuff. Then there's some in congress asking for more money for themselves, because it's so hard to live [on like 250 thousand a year; I think]?, doing nothing but hindering everything anyone else is trying to do to help our country. They should try living on 25 to 30 thousand, like some of the rest of us. I've received several emails from the Social Security board telling me that unless something is done now, it won't be here for some [younger working people]or our children/g,children to retire on, or use if sickness or accidents happen. If more are working now, and working longer, then where is "it" going? Maybe that's where free everything for all illegals is/will come from?

  • Robert C. Pound

    10/24/2019 02:52 PM

    Someone needs to inform Chuckie Schumer that we are not a Democracy, we are a Republic.

  • Gilbert

    10/24/2019 02:26 PM

    It's about time Republicans reacted to stop Adam Schiff from conducting un-constitutional hearings and keeping Republicans in the dark. Republicans need to continue protesting and figure out how to STOP Schiff's Illegal hearings.

  • Joe Broadway

    10/24/2019 02:25 PM

    I'd tell shiff that I heard there had been bugs planted in every room.

  • Claudia Bell

    10/24/2019 02:16 PM

    I just don’t understand how the Democrats can legally do what they are doing. There must be some balance of power somewhere.

  • Robert Skinner

    10/24/2019 01:58 PM

    These secret hearings are akin to Gestapo and KGB tactics. Kenn Starr is absolutely correct. If something dramatic is not done to stop this sham we are headed for a constitutional train wreck of unparalleled magnitude.

  • JOYCE F BIRCH

    10/24/2019 01:57 PM

    I look forward to all your newsletters. You seem to put everything in perspective & logical. Like most of us asking, where are the Republicans? One outburst sort of speak. I wouldn't depend on Romney. What a disappoint. I thought some where we had a Court or Judicial group that could of intervened in this ongoing abuse by the dems. It's such an injustice & not the American way. I do hope & pray that Hillary doesn't enter the race. I said it then, & I'll say always, she has blood on her hands just for the brutal killings of our ambassador & the others in Benghazi. She's a terrible person & wants revenge. She bought everyone & that's why we had the Mueller investigation at the expense of the taxpayers. This should be brought consistently with the public, "at the taxpayers expense." How much more is it going to cost us & when will anything get done?? Her neighbor is George Soros! Oh, BTW, where's Mitch? I think I saw him twice.

  • Patty Bennett

    10/24/2019 01:52 PM

    Wow! Thank God for spines!
    There seems to be a trend here. In related news, some courageous Catholic men decided ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. The Vatican, insanely, and of course, SECRETLY, had decided not only to allow--but feature--some Amazonian fertility idols at their synod. The courageous men threw these filthy garbage false idols into the Tiber River! Wimpy "officials", of course, decry the "stealing of objects". I'm a real Catholic, and I say: "Thank God for those who embrace God's Truth, and reject the idols."
    Honest people will not put up with this filth any longer!

  • Jeanne M Ruiz

    10/24/2019 01:31 PM

    Maybe those that interrupted Adam Schiff's meeting should just do a sit-in daily to stop this charade. I'm glad that the DOJ has been requested to investigate. But there again, more wasted time and money. Are there any other constitutional means to stop this? All the Congressional members involved in this hoax should be charged with Grand Larceny for theft from the U.S. Treasury (We The People) for all money spent, what is it $35 + million now and counting. Gee, we could use that money to increase the COLA this year up from the 1.6% they so graciously are giving! (Sarcasm added) For me, 1.6% amounts to $12/month or $144/year. That doesn't buy many groceries when you are on a fixed income! Get the clowns to stop this and get back to work. THEY DON'T DESERVE TO KEEP THEIR JOBS!!!

  • Karen Anderson

    10/24/2019 01:24 PM

    So glad the Republicans did this! You can bet the dems would be screeching like hyenas if the tables were reversed. This is such a circus! Keep praying for President Trump and America.

  • Mike Horst

    10/24/2019 01:21 PM

    You have got to love the House Republicans for calling the Democrats out. Schumer...It wouldn't be a complete day in the Senate without him putting out some self serving speech about somebody else's reprehensible behavior. Ha! What a joke! The Democrats are such back stabbing clowns who are behind most of the lying nonsense at the capital. How do they think they can be taken seriously when informed Americans do not believe a word they say? The problem is that they are incensed and outraged about absolutely everything that is said or done. Ya know you have to learn to pick your battles. A lot of screaming "Wolf" by the Democrats. I've got to the point where anybody that is a chronic accuser or whiner I automatically in my mind dub them a Democrat. Hope the Republicans enjoy disrupting Schiff and most of all pizza and chicken on his time. I'm sure it will take repeated treatments since he is as crooked and bone headed as they come.

  • Doug Morgan

    10/24/2019 01:19 PM

    Governor, thanks for the factual report. I will partly take back what I've harped about in previous comments regarding republican'ts. FINALLY, a handful of republicans got enough of the dims dung, and mustered the gonads to do what should have been done a long time ago. I would also go further now, video the proceedings and make it available to Fox News, OAN, and even MSM and see who will televise it to the public.
    If the dims know everything they say or do is transparent, some of this lunacy will stop.

  • Harold Levi

    10/24/2019 01:17 PM

    The Marxist-Democrats are committing Treason! So, what is the big deal with the Republicans, if there really are any, attending the meeting?

After months of being excluded from the closed-door “impeachment inquiry” of the House Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees –- hearing only the selective leaks, lies and talking points orchestrated by Adam Schiff –- Republicans finally grew spines and said “enough is enough!” On Wednesday, they marched through the halls of the Capitol Building and down, down, down the stairs to the secure room –- a SCIF, pronounced “skiff” –- where the secret hearings are being held, and (horrors!) walked right into the room, disrupting the planned testimony of Pentagon official Laura Cooper, the person who oversees matters pertaining to Ukraine and Russia. What fun it would have been to be touring the Capitol that day and see history in the making, as apparently nothing like this has ever happened before.

No, I don’t mean the Republicans growing spines, though that happens all too rarely. I mean the organized disruption of a secret meeting. And they didn’t “storm” the room, as many in the mainstream press have reported. They calmly entered, following the lead of Minority Whip Steve Scalise, and sat quietly. They didn’t do anything to block the testimony; Democrats simply wouldn’t proceed with them there. As for the charge that they brought cell phones and other electronic devices into a “secure” room, it should be noted that this hearing had been specified as non-classified. According to Scalise, Schiff looked around and realized they weren’t leaving, so “he took his witness and ran out of the room.”

The GOP legislators ordered in pizzas --- 17, to be exact --- as Schiff’s hearing was delayed for five hours. There were also two large bags of Chick-Fil-A. So at least for a while, the fetid stink of the swamp in that room was replaced with the smell of delicious pizza and chicken.

How dare the Republicans behave so inappropriately! This just isn’t done. Never mind that Congress trying to impeach a President of the United States in secret REALLY is not done. That’s certainly a first.

Once the drama subsided, Cooper testified for over three hours, and, yes, it was behind closed doors. As reported by FOX News, North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows said there were conflicts between her testimony and that of William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, who appeared (also behind closed doors, of course) on Tuesday.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called what Republicans did a “stunt.” “This stunt from House Republicans is designed to intimidate people from revealing the truth --- hardly the hallmark of a democracy. It’s outrageous --- but not surprising --- behavior.” Hey, if anyone is an expert on hiding the truth and working against democracy, it’s Schumer. And if anything is a stunt, it’s this whole sham “impeachment.”

As POLITICO reported, New Jersey Democrat Rep. Tom Malinowski dismissed the Republicans, saying, “It’s a bunch of Freedom Caucus members having pizza around a conference table pretending to be brave.” In truth, some were Freedom Caucus members, others were not, and the Freedom Caucus deserves high praise for not backing down over these months and recognizing the right of the American people to know what’s being done behind closed doors.

Apparently, the Judiciary Committee –- the one normally at the helm of any legitimate impeachment inquiry –- has been completely shut out, and we still don’t know why Speaker Nancy Pelosi sidelined Jerrold Nadler. (We do know that she must see advantages to having the Intel Committee run things, such as using its ability to hold classified hearings to shroud what they’re doing in secrecy.) Schiff is running this show now and he makes up his own rules as he goes along. There is no way to know if these hearings are being conducted with any fairness or any sense of accountability. But I think we might safely assume the worst.

Recall that yesterday, we looked at how Hillary Clinton wanted to run the Nixon impeachment hearings. Back then, the Judiciary Committee shut her down. She must look at what is happening now and rub her hands together with glee. Former independent prosecutor Ken Starr warned Wednesday in an interview with Shannon Bream that a “constitutional train wreck” is coming, but that it could still be avoided if Congress would follow the proper proceedings, with a real vote on the floor of Congress and hearings conducted in public. “I think this is quite evil and pernicious,” he said, “to have the battling narratives of what happened [behind] closed doors when there’s no classified information.”

Democrats say the Republicans were just taking (literal) marching orders from President Trump, but they say they did it because they are fed up. Some of them accused Republicans of doing this because they were scared after Bill Taylor’s Tuesday testimony and needed some distraction from that. But if you can get past the highly misleading MSM headlines, you’ll see that his testimony offered no evidence of the alleged quid pro quo (military aid in exchange for investigating the Bidens).  Obviously, they'd subpoenaed Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, to testify because of texts he'd exchanged with two State Department officials, Kurt Volker and Gordon Sondland, in which he wrote, “As I said on the phone, I think it’s crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign.” Wow, the Democrats must have thought they’d hit the jackpot with that.

But they apparently hit a dry hole again (details below). It’s too bad we don’t have all the testimony, especially on video, because it would be fun to watch Adam Schiff trying with all his might to lead witnesses to say Trump tied military aid to targeting the Bidens. This would be entertaining stuff, the kind that goes down well with some delicious pizza.

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  • Susan K

    10/24/2019 05:52 PM

    I’m so fed up with Adam Schiff! It’s tough to watch this mental freak’s antics each day. It’s astonishing how low this pathetic loony bin will stoop. I can only hope and pray the voters of this country gives these dummies a one way ticket home on Election Day !!

  • Carol Galvin

    10/24/2019 05:48 PM

    The whole sad mess somewhat like a horror film (yes, I have seen a few in my day) and as the tension builds and things go from bad to worse and the music plays louder and the surroundings grow darker...all of a sudden things take a turn due to our hero on a white horse! YUP saw those movies and know how they all ended...the same way this charade is going to end. Light overtakes darkness and good always defeats evil. My popcorn is almost gone so I am eagerly looking forward to the ending which I know is coming!!

  • Kim Freeman

    10/24/2019 04:47 PM

    The Republicans are dealing with a total Chicken Schiff.

  • Rita Simpson

    10/24/2019 04:19 PM

    Well, it’s about time the Republicans did something!!!

  • Rick Holcomb

    10/24/2019 03:59 PM

    I shared this on facebook, and a couple of my friends, are comparing these hearings to the Benghazi, hearings, that I didn't know about.
    " Republicans held closed meetings re: Benghazi & thought it was perfectly fine. Now they don’t like it when the Democrats have that same policy for the impeachment hearings. This part of the investigation can be compared to a grand jury inquiry. What and who they present is not made public until the decision to move ahead or not. " This one quote.
    Could you please address this, publicly, I feel it is like comparing grapes to watermelons, I would really appreciate a response that I can share again on facebook.

  • Donna Beckstein

    10/24/2019 03:46 PM

    The GOP crashing the secret meeting was delicious!

  • Jannette F. Dillingham

    10/24/2019 03:35 PM

    At this point, I don't care if President Trump did some perceived error in what he said. I don't care because the democrats have hurt our country, our standing in the world, and the citizens of the United States. After 21/2 years of the Russian collusion and the democrats lies, enough is enough. They have done irrevocable damage. They should be charged with treason and fired, and no retirement.

  • Nola Witt

    10/24/2019 03:34 PM

    Thank God that the Republicans are finely standing up and fighting!!!! We have been waiting for our Republicans to step up and demand facts and the truth from the lying and corrupt Democrats who are continuing to break their Oath of Office to the American people and our Constitution. We are afforded the right to Life, Liberty and the pursute of Happiness. Also freedom of Speech and the right to bare arms. This is what the Democrats are wanting to deny the American people, and if our Republican members of the House and Senate don't stand up and fight for us, we will be a nation gone under. THANK YOU REPUBLICANS FOR STANDING UP AND FIGHTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • A. D. Vinke

    10/24/2019 03:31 PM

    My friend says that liberalism is a disease.
    The Democrats are proving that statement every day.

  • Raymond D Babcock

    10/24/2019 03:22 PM

    Secrecy does not work in a democratic elected republic. FISA secret courts. CIA NSA secret police. This all sounds a lot like Nazi. The ones are government brought back to America after WW-2.

  • rodney burke

    10/24/2019 03:08 PM

    the interruption of a criminal enter[rose bu [atriots. Really? "This only confirms that the dems are criminals and NOT politicians. They are full blown communists/nazis This type of stuff is KGB or Gettapo tactics and NOt political.. Let's stop calling them dems and call them socialists commie freaks. Good for them. Deven and Steve said "enough is enough." It's about time the Sgt at arms started arresting dems and not us.

  • Ann Brannan

    10/24/2019 03:00 PM

    The Republicans are playing Offense and the Dems are playing Defense! I am sick of the Dirty Dems playing games and our country is at stake! Most of them are involved in the Ukraine deal (and their children)! Pelosi and Shiff went over and make deals to make money to put in their pockets. No mention in the press, not even Fox News! And I am sure there is more, much more than I know! Nothing surprises me anymore! I keep remembering than Haman was hanged on the very gallows that he made for Mordeci! There may be a lesson here!

  • L.J. Lewis

    10/24/2019 02:56 PM

    I want to ask a question. Doesn't congress make the laws? If this is so, then they're making new laws [as needed] for themselves. Sounds like they're not living under the same rule/law as others have to live under. And as far as I can see, there's not a thing anyone can do about it. Who's going to arrest or prosecute one of them for threatening, (like m. waters did Trump) lying, conniving, twisting words and testimony, trying to intimidate/scare/force people to agree with them behind closed doors just to get what they want? No-one; because they make the laws. Can't seem to vote them out. For one reason, the dead and illegals are voting. And they're promising things to everyone else they cannot fulfill; Free everything. There's no such thing as free. It always cost someone. And in this case a lot of someones a life time of work, and in some cases their lives for all this free stuff. Then there's some in congress asking for more money for themselves, because it's so hard to live [on like 250 thousand a year; I think]?, doing nothing but hindering everything anyone else is trying to do to help our country. They should try living on 25 to 30 thousand, like some of the rest of us. I've received several emails from the Social Security board telling me that unless something is done now, it won't be here for some [younger working people]or our children/g,children to retire on, or use if sickness or accidents happen. If more are working now, and working longer, then where is "it" going? Maybe that's where free everything for all illegals is/will come from?

  • Robert C. Pound

    10/24/2019 02:52 PM

    Someone needs to inform Chuckie Schumer that we are not a Democracy, we are a Republic.

  • Gilbert

    10/24/2019 02:26 PM

    It's about time Republicans reacted to stop Adam Schiff from conducting un-constitutional hearings and keeping Republicans in the dark. Republicans need to continue protesting and figure out how to STOP Schiff's Illegal hearings.

  • Joe Broadway

    10/24/2019 02:25 PM

    I'd tell shiff that I heard there had been bugs planted in every room.

  • Claudia Bell

    10/24/2019 02:16 PM

    I just don’t understand how the Democrats can legally do what they are doing. There must be some balance of power somewhere.

  • Robert Skinner

    10/24/2019 01:58 PM

    These secret hearings are akin to Gestapo and KGB tactics. Kenn Starr is absolutely correct. If something dramatic is not done to stop this sham we are headed for a constitutional train wreck of unparalleled magnitude.

  • JOYCE F BIRCH

    10/24/2019 01:57 PM

    I look forward to all your newsletters. You seem to put everything in perspective & logical. Like most of us asking, where are the Republicans? One outburst sort of speak. I wouldn't depend on Romney. What a disappoint. I thought some where we had a Court or Judicial group that could of intervened in this ongoing abuse by the dems. It's such an injustice & not the American way. I do hope & pray that Hillary doesn't enter the race. I said it then, & I'll say always, she has blood on her hands just for the brutal killings of our ambassador & the others in Benghazi. She's a terrible person & wants revenge. She bought everyone & that's why we had the Mueller investigation at the expense of the taxpayers. This should be brought consistently with the public, "at the taxpayers expense." How much more is it going to cost us & when will anything get done?? Her neighbor is George Soros! Oh, BTW, where's Mitch? I think I saw him twice.

  • Patty Bennett

    10/24/2019 01:52 PM

    Wow! Thank God for spines!
    There seems to be a trend here. In related news, some courageous Catholic men decided ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. The Vatican, insanely, and of course, SECRETLY, had decided not only to allow--but feature--some Amazonian fertility idols at their synod. The courageous men threw these filthy garbage false idols into the Tiber River! Wimpy "officials", of course, decry the "stealing of objects". I'm a real Catholic, and I say: "Thank God for those who embrace God's Truth, and reject the idols."
    Honest people will not put up with this filth any longer!

  • Jeanne M Ruiz

    10/24/2019 01:31 PM

    Maybe those that interrupted Adam Schiff's meeting should just do a sit-in daily to stop this charade. I'm glad that the DOJ has been requested to investigate. But there again, more wasted time and money. Are there any other constitutional means to stop this? All the Congressional members involved in this hoax should be charged with Grand Larceny for theft from the U.S. Treasury (We The People) for all money spent, what is it $35 + million now and counting. Gee, we could use that money to increase the COLA this year up from the 1.6% they so graciously are giving! (Sarcasm added) For me, 1.6% amounts to $12/month or $144/year. That doesn't buy many groceries when you are on a fixed income! Get the clowns to stop this and get back to work. THEY DON'T DESERVE TO KEEP THEIR JOBS!!!

  • Karen Anderson

    10/24/2019 01:24 PM

    So glad the Republicans did this! You can bet the dems would be screeching like hyenas if the tables were reversed. This is such a circus! Keep praying for President Trump and America.

  • Mike Horst

    10/24/2019 01:21 PM

    You have got to love the House Republicans for calling the Democrats out. Schumer...It wouldn't be a complete day in the Senate without him putting out some self serving speech about somebody else's reprehensible behavior. Ha! What a joke! The Democrats are such back stabbing clowns who are behind most of the lying nonsense at the capital. How do they think they can be taken seriously when informed Americans do not believe a word they say? The problem is that they are incensed and outraged about absolutely everything that is said or done. Ya know you have to learn to pick your battles. A lot of screaming "Wolf" by the Democrats. I've got to the point where anybody that is a chronic accuser or whiner I automatically in my mind dub them a Democrat. Hope the Republicans enjoy disrupting Schiff and most of all pizza and chicken on his time. I'm sure it will take repeated treatments since he is as crooked and bone headed as they come.

  • Doug Morgan

    10/24/2019 01:19 PM

    Governor, thanks for the factual report. I will partly take back what I've harped about in previous comments regarding republican'ts. FINALLY, a handful of republicans got enough of the dims dung, and mustered the gonads to do what should have been done a long time ago. I would also go further now, video the proceedings and make it available to Fox News, OAN, and even MSM and see who will televise it to the public.
    If the dims know everything they say or do is transparent, some of this lunacy will stop.

  • Harold Levi

    10/24/2019 01:17 PM

    The Marxist-Democrats are committing Treason! So, what is the big deal with the Republicans, if there really are any, attending the meeting?

After months of being excluded from the closed-door “impeachment inquiry” of the House Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees –- hearing only the selective leaks, lies and talking points orchestrated by Adam Schiff –- Republicans finally grew spines and said “enough is enough!” On Wednesday, they marched through the halls of the Capitol Building and down, down, down the stairs to the secure room –- a SCIF, pronounced “skiff” –- where the secret hearings are being held, and (horrors!) walked right into the room, disrupting the planned testimony of Pentagon official Laura Cooper, the person who oversees matters pertaining to Ukraine and Russia. What fun it would have been to be touring the Capitol that day and see history in the making, as apparently nothing like this has ever happened before.

No, I don’t mean the Republicans growing spines, though that happens all too rarely. I mean the organized disruption of a secret meeting. And they didn’t “storm” the room, as many in the mainstream press have reported. They calmly entered, following the lead of Minority Whip Steve Scalise, and sat quietly. They didn’t do anything to block the testimony; Democrats simply wouldn’t proceed with them there. As for the charge that they brought cell phones and other electronic devices into a “secure” room, it should be noted that this hearing had been specified as non-classified. According to Scalise, Schiff looked around and realized they weren’t leaving, so “he took his witness and ran out of the room.”

The GOP legislators ordered in pizzas --- 17, to be exact --- as Schiff’s hearing was delayed for five hours. There were also two large bags of Chick-Fil-A. So at least for a while, the fetid stink of the swamp in that room was replaced with the smell of delicious pizza and chicken.

How dare the Republicans behave so inappropriately! This just isn’t done. Never mind that Congress trying to impeach a President of the United States in secret REALLY is not done. That’s certainly a first.

Once the drama subsided, Cooper testified for over three hours, and, yes, it was behind closed doors. As reported by FOX News, North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows said there were conflicts between her testimony and that of William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, who appeared (also behind closed doors, of course) on Tuesday.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called what Republicans did a “stunt.” “This stunt from House Republicans is designed to intimidate people from revealing the truth --- hardly the hallmark of a democracy. It’s outrageous --- but not surprising --- behavior.” Hey, if anyone is an expert on hiding the truth and working against democracy, it’s Schumer. And if anything is a stunt, it’s this whole sham “impeachment.”

As POLITICO reported, New Jersey Democrat Rep. Tom Malinowski dismissed the Republicans, saying, “It’s a bunch of Freedom Caucus members having pizza around a conference table pretending to be brave.” In truth, some were Freedom Caucus members, others were not, and the Freedom Caucus deserves high praise for not backing down over these months and recognizing the right of the American people to know what’s being done behind closed doors.

Apparently, the Judiciary Committee –- the one normally at the helm of any legitimate impeachment inquiry –- has been completely shut out, and we still don’t know why Speaker Nancy Pelosi sidelined Jerrold Nadler. (We do know that she must see advantages to having the Intel Committee run things, such as using its ability to hold classified hearings to shroud what they’re doing in secrecy.) Schiff is running this show now and he makes up his own rules as he goes along. There is no way to know if these hearings are being conducted with any fairness or any sense of accountability. But I think we might safely assume the worst.

Recall that yesterday, we looked at how Hillary Clinton wanted to run the Nixon impeachment hearings. Back then, the Judiciary Committee shut her down. She must look at what is happening now and rub her hands together with glee. Former independent prosecutor Ken Starr warned Wednesday in an interview with Shannon Bream that a “constitutional train wreck” is coming, but that it could still be avoided if Congress would follow the proper proceedings, with a real vote on the floor of Congress and hearings conducted in public. “I think this is quite evil and pernicious,” he said, “to have the battling narratives of what happened [behind] closed doors when there’s no classified information.”

Democrats say the Republicans were just taking (literal) marching orders from President Trump, but they say they did it because they are fed up. Some of them accused Republicans of doing this because they were scared after Bill Taylor’s Tuesday testimony and needed some distraction from that. But if you can get past the highly misleading MSM headlines, you’ll see that his testimony offered no evidence of the alleged quid pro quo (military aid in exchange for investigating the Bidens).  Obviously, they'd subpoenaed Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, to testify because of texts he'd exchanged with two State Department officials, Kurt Volker and Gordon Sondland, in which he wrote, “As I said on the phone, I think it’s crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign.” Wow, the Democrats must have thought they’d hit the jackpot with that.

But they apparently hit a dry hole again (details below). It’s too bad we don’t have all the testimony, especially on video, because it would be fun to watch Adam Schiff trying with all his might to lead witnesses to say Trump tied military aid to targeting the Bidens. This would be entertaining stuff, the kind that goes down well with some delicious pizza.

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  • Susan K

    10/24/2019 05:52 PM

    I’m so fed up with Adam Schiff! It’s tough to watch this mental freak’s antics each day. It’s astonishing how low this pathetic loony bin will stoop. I can only hope and pray the voters of this country gives these dummies a one way ticket home on Election Day !!

  • Carol Galvin

    10/24/2019 05:48 PM

    The whole sad mess somewhat like a horror film (yes, I have seen a few in my day) and as the tension builds and things go from bad to worse and the music plays louder and the surroundings grow darker...all of a sudden things take a turn due to our hero on a white horse! YUP saw those movies and know how they all ended...the same way this charade is going to end. Light overtakes darkness and good always defeats evil. My popcorn is almost gone so I am eagerly looking forward to the ending which I know is coming!!

  • Kim Freeman

    10/24/2019 04:47 PM

    The Republicans are dealing with a total Chicken Schiff.

  • Rita Simpson

    10/24/2019 04:19 PM

    Well, it’s about time the Republicans did something!!!

  • Rick Holcomb

    10/24/2019 03:59 PM

    I shared this on facebook, and a couple of my friends, are comparing these hearings to the Benghazi, hearings, that I didn't know about.
    " Republicans held closed meetings re: Benghazi & thought it was perfectly fine. Now they don’t like it when the Democrats have that same policy for the impeachment hearings. This part of the investigation can be compared to a grand jury inquiry. What and who they present is not made public until the decision to move ahead or not. " This one quote.
    Could you please address this, publicly, I feel it is like comparing grapes to watermelons, I would really appreciate a response that I can share again on facebook.

  • Donna Beckstein

    10/24/2019 03:46 PM

    The GOP crashing the secret meeting was delicious!

  • Jannette F. Dillingham

    10/24/2019 03:35 PM

    At this point, I don't care if President Trump did some perceived error in what he said. I don't care because the democrats have hurt our country, our standing in the world, and the citizens of the United States. After 21/2 years of the Russian collusion and the democrats lies, enough is enough. They have done irrevocable damage. They should be charged with treason and fired, and no retirement.

  • Nola Witt

    10/24/2019 03:34 PM

    Thank God that the Republicans are finely standing up and fighting!!!! We have been waiting for our Republicans to step up and demand facts and the truth from the lying and corrupt Democrats who are continuing to break their Oath of Office to the American people and our Constitution. We are afforded the right to Life, Liberty and the pursute of Happiness. Also freedom of Speech and the right to bare arms. This is what the Democrats are wanting to deny the American people, and if our Republican members of the House and Senate don't stand up and fight for us, we will be a nation gone under. THANK YOU REPUBLICANS FOR STANDING UP AND FIGHTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • A. D. Vinke

    10/24/2019 03:31 PM

    My friend says that liberalism is a disease.
    The Democrats are proving that statement every day.

  • Raymond D Babcock

    10/24/2019 03:22 PM

    Secrecy does not work in a democratic elected republic. FISA secret courts. CIA NSA secret police. This all sounds a lot like Nazi. The ones are government brought back to America after WW-2.

  • rodney burke

    10/24/2019 03:08 PM

    the interruption of a criminal enter[rose bu [atriots. Really? "This only confirms that the dems are criminals and NOT politicians. They are full blown communists/nazis This type of stuff is KGB or Gettapo tactics and NOt political.. Let's stop calling them dems and call them socialists commie freaks. Good for them. Deven and Steve said "enough is enough." It's about time the Sgt at arms started arresting dems and not us.

  • Ann Brannan

    10/24/2019 03:00 PM

    The Republicans are playing Offense and the Dems are playing Defense! I am sick of the Dirty Dems playing games and our country is at stake! Most of them are involved in the Ukraine deal (and their children)! Pelosi and Shiff went over and make deals to make money to put in their pockets. No mention in the press, not even Fox News! And I am sure there is more, much more than I know! Nothing surprises me anymore! I keep remembering than Haman was hanged on the very gallows that he made for Mordeci! There may be a lesson here!

  • L.J. Lewis

    10/24/2019 02:56 PM

    I want to ask a question. Doesn't congress make the laws? If this is so, then they're making new laws [as needed] for themselves. Sounds like they're not living under the same rule/law as others have to live under. And as far as I can see, there's not a thing anyone can do about it. Who's going to arrest or prosecute one of them for threatening, (like m. waters did Trump) lying, conniving, twisting words and testimony, trying to intimidate/scare/force people to agree with them behind closed doors just to get what they want? No-one; because they make the laws. Can't seem to vote them out. For one reason, the dead and illegals are voting. And they're promising things to everyone else they cannot fulfill; Free everything. There's no such thing as free. It always cost someone. And in this case a lot of someones a life time of work, and in some cases their lives for all this free stuff. Then there's some in congress asking for more money for themselves, because it's so hard to live [on like 250 thousand a year; I think]?, doing nothing but hindering everything anyone else is trying to do to help our country. They should try living on 25 to 30 thousand, like some of the rest of us. I've received several emails from the Social Security board telling me that unless something is done now, it won't be here for some [younger working people]or our children/g,children to retire on, or use if sickness or accidents happen. If more are working now, and working longer, then where is "it" going? Maybe that's where free everything for all illegals is/will come from?

  • Robert C. Pound

    10/24/2019 02:52 PM

    Someone needs to inform Chuckie Schumer that we are not a Democracy, we are a Republic.

  • Gilbert

    10/24/2019 02:26 PM

    It's about time Republicans reacted to stop Adam Schiff from conducting un-constitutional hearings and keeping Republicans in the dark. Republicans need to continue protesting and figure out how to STOP Schiff's Illegal hearings.

  • Joe Broadway

    10/24/2019 02:25 PM

    I'd tell shiff that I heard there had been bugs planted in every room.

  • Claudia Bell

    10/24/2019 02:16 PM

    I just don’t understand how the Democrats can legally do what they are doing. There must be some balance of power somewhere.

  • Robert Skinner

    10/24/2019 01:58 PM

    These secret hearings are akin to Gestapo and KGB tactics. Kenn Starr is absolutely correct. If something dramatic is not done to stop this sham we are headed for a constitutional train wreck of unparalleled magnitude.

  • JOYCE F BIRCH

    10/24/2019 01:57 PM

    I look forward to all your newsletters. You seem to put everything in perspective & logical. Like most of us asking, where are the Republicans? One outburst sort of speak. I wouldn't depend on Romney. What a disappoint. I thought some where we had a Court or Judicial group that could of intervened in this ongoing abuse by the dems. It's such an injustice & not the American way. I do hope & pray that Hillary doesn't enter the race. I said it then, & I'll say always, she has blood on her hands just for the brutal killings of our ambassador & the others in Benghazi. She's a terrible person & wants revenge. She bought everyone & that's why we had the Mueller investigation at the expense of the taxpayers. This should be brought consistently with the public, "at the taxpayers expense." How much more is it going to cost us & when will anything get done?? Her neighbor is George Soros! Oh, BTW, where's Mitch? I think I saw him twice.

  • Patty Bennett

    10/24/2019 01:52 PM

    Wow! Thank God for spines!
    There seems to be a trend here. In related news, some courageous Catholic men decided ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. The Vatican, insanely, and of course, SECRETLY, had decided not only to allow--but feature--some Amazonian fertility idols at their synod. The courageous men threw these filthy garbage false idols into the Tiber River! Wimpy "officials", of course, decry the "stealing of objects". I'm a real Catholic, and I say: "Thank God for those who embrace God's Truth, and reject the idols."
    Honest people will not put up with this filth any longer!

  • Jeanne M Ruiz

    10/24/2019 01:31 PM

    Maybe those that interrupted Adam Schiff's meeting should just do a sit-in daily to stop this charade. I'm glad that the DOJ has been requested to investigate. But there again, more wasted time and money. Are there any other constitutional means to stop this? All the Congressional members involved in this hoax should be charged with Grand Larceny for theft from the U.S. Treasury (We The People) for all money spent, what is it $35 + million now and counting. Gee, we could use that money to increase the COLA this year up from the 1.6% they so graciously are giving! (Sarcasm added) For me, 1.6% amounts to $12/month or $144/year. That doesn't buy many groceries when you are on a fixed income! Get the clowns to stop this and get back to work. THEY DON'T DESERVE TO KEEP THEIR JOBS!!!

  • Karen Anderson

    10/24/2019 01:24 PM

    So glad the Republicans did this! You can bet the dems would be screeching like hyenas if the tables were reversed. This is such a circus! Keep praying for President Trump and America.

  • Mike Horst

    10/24/2019 01:21 PM

    You have got to love the House Republicans for calling the Democrats out. Schumer...It wouldn't be a complete day in the Senate without him putting out some self serving speech about somebody else's reprehensible behavior. Ha! What a joke! The Democrats are such back stabbing clowns who are behind most of the lying nonsense at the capital. How do they think they can be taken seriously when informed Americans do not believe a word they say? The problem is that they are incensed and outraged about absolutely everything that is said or done. Ya know you have to learn to pick your battles. A lot of screaming "Wolf" by the Democrats. I've got to the point where anybody that is a chronic accuser or whiner I automatically in my mind dub them a Democrat. Hope the Republicans enjoy disrupting Schiff and most of all pizza and chicken on his time. I'm sure it will take repeated treatments since he is as crooked and bone headed as they come.

  • Doug Morgan

    10/24/2019 01:19 PM

    Governor, thanks for the factual report. I will partly take back what I've harped about in previous comments regarding republican'ts. FINALLY, a handful of republicans got enough of the dims dung, and mustered the gonads to do what should have been done a long time ago. I would also go further now, video the proceedings and make it available to Fox News, OAN, and even MSM and see who will televise it to the public.
    If the dims know everything they say or do is transparent, some of this lunacy will stop.

  • Harold Levi

    10/24/2019 01:17 PM

    The Marxist-Democrats are committing Treason! So, what is the big deal with the Republicans, if there really are any, attending the meeting?