The “Ukraine Quid Pro Quo Impeachment” story

4 minute read

September 28, 2019 |

The “Ukraine Quid Pro Quo Impeachment” story is collapsing so fast that trying to keep up with all the developments is like trying to provide real-time play-by-play of an empty building being imploded with TNT.  I’ll try to roll the footage back, look at it in slo-mo, and fill you in a few things that have happened since…well, yesterday. 

Let’s start with a must-see video.  If the Democrats think Trump is going to let them use him as a punching bag, they must’ve been in a coma for the past three years (FYI, I could probably be convinced of that.) His campaign has already released a hard-hitting ad slamming Biden, the House Democrats and the media and claiming they’re trying to impeach him for wanting to investigate their corruption.  It’s a hard point to refute, but Biden claims the ad shows Trump is “terrified.”  Funny, he doesn’t sound terrified, especially not at the end, when he says, “I’m Donald Trump and I approved this message.”  Something about the way he says makes you believe he really, really approves of it.


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https://youtu.be/bbixdV2F6Ts

Kurt Volker, the US envoy to Ukraine, resigned after he was mentioned in the “whistleblower” complaint (I use the quotation marks because this is looking less like a real whistleblower and more like a mole working specifically to undermine the Administration, perhaps in an orchestrated plan with other partisans.  We shall see.)  The complaint got it wrong, claiming that Volker was concerned about Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani inserting himself into talks with Ukraine to investigate Biden and that he tried to “contain the damage.”  But Giuliani released documents showing that he had been asked to work with Ukraine on that.  I’m sure we’ll be hearing more on this story soon.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/kurt-volker-ukraine-envoy-resigns-whistleblower-complaint

In a remarkable coincidence, just before the complaint came to light, the intelligence community quietly changed the rules for making whistleblower complaints so that filers no longer had to have direct knowledge of suspected wrongdoing, they only had to claim to have heard about it. So hearsay just recently became admissible evidence. Wow, there’s a coin-kee-dink for you!  

https://bongino.com/whistleblower-rules-were-changed-right-before-the-ukraine-complaint/

Adam Mill at the Federalist floats the theory that the legally questionable “impeachment inquiry” Nancy Pelosi talked about isn’t really about a vote on impeachment, and the weak sauce Ukraine phone call excuse isn’t really grounds for impeachment.  Instead, the whole inquiry is a McGuffin designed to give Jerry Nadler’s committee a pretext to argue in court that it has a right to demand a lot of White House documents they’d otherwise be barred from getting, so that they can hunt through them, looking for some real reason to impeach Trump. Guess Trump keeps a security camera pointed at his garbage cans. 

https://thefederalist.com/2019/09/26/how-the-house-plans-to-use-its-inquiry-to-instigate-impeachment/


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I already told you that ABC’s story that an alleged adviser to Ukraine’s President Zelensky said Zelensky was aware of the “quid pro quo” (US aid in exchange for investigating Joe Biden’s son) at the time of his phone call with Trump was denied by the alleged source, who was not an adviser to Zelensky then or now. He says the only thing he knew about a “quid pro quo” was what he’d read in the media (this could be a first: fake news based on fake news!)

The new development in this story is that ABC actually retracted their fake news instead of doubling down on it, which puts them a rung above many other media outlets on the journalistic integrity ladder 

https://www.westernjournal.com/abc-forced-issue-correction-big-ukraine-story-crumbles/

In what could be a major development, John Solomon at The Hill uncovered hundreds of previously unreleased memos and documents that undermine the Bidens’ and the media’s claims that Biden was just pressing Ukraine to fire a corrupt and inept prosecutor and that the investigation of the natural gas company Burisma, whose board included his son Hunter, was already ended with no wrongdoing found.  The papers show instead that Burisma’s attorneys apologized to Ukraine for disseminating false information about the prosecutor and that, while one investigation of Burisma had passed its legal deadline, two others were still open. 

Again, I’ll point out that if it’s an impeachable offense for a top US official to threaten to withhold aid to force a foreign nation to change its policies, then no matter what the motive or whether or not Biden believed disinformation about the prosecutor, he is on video bragging about blackmailing Ukraine into firing its prosecutor with a threat to withhold US aid. But this does rip away even the tissue paper-thin excuse that the media were using to cover it up and ignore it.  

https://www.westernjournal.com/biden-lied-ukraine-along-hundreds-pages-uncovered-memos-provide-details/

President…oops, sorry…Representative Eric Swalwell claimed that Trump showed a “consciousness of guilt” and attempted a cover-up by putting the transcript of his call with Ukraine’s President on a server for top secret communications that’s usually not used for such communications.  Some might say that he showed a consciousness that he’s surrounded by snakes who’ll leak anything they can get their hands on to the media, regardless of how much it harms America, as long as it makes Trump look bad, but where would he have gotten that crazy idea?  As for me, I’ll just note how nice it is to have a President who actually knows what a secure server that protects classified information is.

https://www.foxnews.com/media/eric-swalwell-ukraine-call-cover-up

Sean Davis at The Federalist notes that far from being the detailed work of an obvious expert on Ukraine, as many media outlets claimed, that “whistleblower” complaint is filled with incorrect statements, gossip and innuendo from anonymous third-hand sources and unconfirmed media reports, which makes it eerily reminiscent of the “Trump Russian Dossier” that Hillary’s campaign paid for.

https://thefederalist.com/2019/09/26/complaint-from-so-called-whistleblower-is-riddled-with-gossip-blatant-falsehoods/

Here’s a tough one: if I don’t include this, I’ll be accused of covering up for a fellow Republican; and if I do include it, I’ll be accused of smearing an anti-Trump Republican. Maybe this story just means that Burisma was paying a lot of well-connected people on both sides to cover its bases.  I’ll just go with passing on the story and letting you decide for yourself what to think about it.

https://thefederalist.com/2019/09/26/top-romney-adviser-worked-with-hunter-biden-on-board-of-ukrainian-energy-company/

Rep. Adam Schiff, whose head apparently is shaped like a bubble for a reason, accused President Trump of violating his oath of office by delaying military aid to Ukraine. He failed to mention, or didn’t remember, that Obama banned military aid to Ukraine entirely in 2014, even though they desperately needed it to defend themselves from Russia. You might also consider this a new development since some people will learn that Trump is far from a puppet of Putin.  That was the lie Schiff had been promoting for the previous two years.  At least he finally has a new one now.

https://www.westernjournal.com/schiff-accuses-trump-risking-us-security-delaying-ukraine-aid-obama-denied-lethal-weapons-altogether/

Narrative Buster: Bryan Dean Wright, a Democrat and former CIA officer, blasted the House Democrats’ impeachment mania as a “horrific precedent” and an attempt to “kneecap” the President, “irrespective of facts.” He explains why here:

https://www.foxnews.com/media/former-cia-officer-democrat-trump-impeachment

Finally, to finish on a lighter note with a little laughable hypocrisy, the leftist group MoveOn.org, which was founded to pressure Congress to “move on” from the Clinton scandals and not impeach Bill Clinton, is now sending out propaganda to get its followers to pressure Congress to impeach President Trump.  I guess they moved on so much, they circled the Earth and tripped over the principles they left behind in 1998.

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/343479

Why do I get the feeling that by the time this whole "quid pro quo" fiasco plays out, the only good to come out of it will be that Americans will learn three words of Latin?

 

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  • Kathleen Hill-Derusha

    09/28/2019 01:37 PM

    Your commentary covers more than watching my favorite news nightly for a week. Thanks for your accurate accounts of the insanity that seems to get more unbelievable every day. Your humor helps to digest it! You rock!

  • Thelma Lesch

    09/28/2019 01:37 PM

    Mr. Huckabee, I love your sense of humor. It makes reading your news reports so interesting.
    I wish the Democrats would lighten up and see the light. They are causing a lot of problems in this country/world. President Trump is the greatest President ever in my 78 yrs.

  • Kathleen Wood

    09/28/2019 01:30 PM

    This is another faux accusation by Democrat leaders and the main stream media to resist Trump. They fear him. They are corrupt. They know that he and the American people have had enough and are intolerant of their constant crimes. Just another page in draining the swamp. Let's get on with it!

  • Athina Campbell

    09/28/2019 01:27 PM

    Thank you for such comprehensive information - it helps to keep some sanity in this good ole' USA. I believe that the Dem's are doing so much damage to America & around the world. The agenda is generations long and has the plans is to destroy America and make it somethings unrecognizable under the control of ??? I feel ill when the dem's speak and they are trying to cause people to fear, to walk in fear and their words literally make our air, physical & spiritual - sick. Praise the LORD - our Savior Reigns and He has the final Word!!!

  • Kathie Mason

    09/28/2019 01:18 PM

    Anxiety has become a major factor for old and young alike. The damage caused by these constant headline grabbing outlandish allegations has undermined people’s sense of security. More and more of us afraid to hold our heads up in fear it may be chopped off both literally and figuratively.

  • GA Baker

    09/28/2019 01:13 PM

    What about OCCRP providing the "research" the complaint is based on? It's the link that shows George Soros is behind the whole thing!

  • Charles W Mitchell

    09/28/2019 01:08 PM

    If they don't have a roll call vote on impeachment, then I will just have to vote against every incumbent. If they have a roll call vote then I will know who to vote out. Pass it on.

  • Mike W Grady

    09/28/2019 01:08 PM

    Trump 2020!!!

  • JC Holland

    09/28/2019 01:08 PM

    Why doesn't President Trump demand the House call for a vote?
    Why hasn't he sued little Adam in civil court for defamation?
    Why hasn't Barr charged anybody with anything?
    Why isn't President Trump focussing ads on the DNC policy to murder babies?

  • rodney burke

    09/28/2019 01:05 PM

    can we officially call the left "The party of documented failure"? do you realize the only success they've had is getting Sessions to recuse himself and for zero documented reason? They have a STRING of failures going back to 2015. They failed dismally to stop Trump from getting the nomination. It's almost laughable if if wasn't so serious. the left has put it out in the open, "We HATE America, we want to utter destroy it and make a new socialist state that is an economic failure. We want to control every phase of your life." I would call that the domestic enemy. Islam which is a foreign enemy is saying in clear language that they have the RIGHT to take over America and kill Americans. Ask Pam Geller! this is a war. We are witnessing a continuous coup and libs are not hiding it anymore. If Barr and co. can't deal with it, we are screwed as a free nation. It is time for TR's big stick and USING it!

    Also can we safely call them the party of "documented lies?" How many have failed. This post is chocked FULL of debunk of the lies. Schiff, lying in his statement, knowingly? How can we believe anything they OR the media say? I say, let the tribunals begin! Let justice finally be served.

  • Victor R Van Tress

    09/28/2019 12:59 PM

    I voted for you before I voted for Trump I wonder what your administration would be dealing with at this time.

  • Terry Mathews

    09/28/2019 12:57 PM

    Thank you for your dedication and loyalty to President Trump and all supporters and conservatives. Your honest sincere reasonable opinions are extremely valuable to every day American’s trying to figure out the facts and truth concerning all things political. I personally feel the desperation and unethical extremes being perpetrated by the Democrats make them highly suspect of criminal and treasonous behavior! Today’s Democratic Party is truly the worst in American history. Keep up the good fight??????????

  • Eileen Johnson

    09/28/2019 12:51 PM

    Well, sir, if anyone could find humor in the political events of the last 24 hours, it would be you! Remember the Keystone Cops? (not the Keystone Pipeline)—well, that’s a good metaphor for the democrats running around like the maniacs they are, making accusations but too crazed to be even a tiny bit organized. & forget integrity, that’s a relic of the Stone Age.
    I really did lol over your clever writing, & did a lot of smh over the sad state of seditious slander on our daily slog through the latest events in the Swamp.
    Always a fan,
    EJohnson

  • roger brailer

    09/28/2019 12:47 PM

    terrified?if they knew what that was they`d notice most of America`s faces when the fake news pretends that they will win in 2020!

  • Robbie Mize

    09/28/2019 12:45 PM

    And as my pastor often says "what is the Greek word for that?" And we reply Baloney!!!!!

  • Connie Eggen

    09/28/2019 12:34 PM

    So hearsay just recently became admissible evidence. Wow, there’s a coin-kee-dink for you!
    Not admissible in a court of law and never will be. So if it is not good enough or the court, it is not good enough for an impeachment.

  • Rev. Dr. Norman Johnson

    09/28/2019 12:27 PM

    I couldn’t agree more with the real truth and not with what the “Dems” are doing. I personally am tired of the lack of Congress to do anything meaningful except the investigation of what our President does. I am also very concerned about the scrutiny of “highly sensitive “ material which should be within Presidential executive privilege in foreign policy leaking out constantly,

  • Rafael A Salaz

    09/28/2019 12:18 PM

    The Republicans need to stick together . The disloyal Republicans need to be removed , so they don’t muddy up the waters. The Democrats are losers , they want to remove Trump before he gets elected again . The Democrats haven’t done an ounce of work for our nation since the last election.

  • Kevin J Cook

    09/28/2019 12:17 PM

    Where the people fear the government, you have tyranny. Where the government fears the people, you have liberty.” -John Basil Barnhill

  • BARRY LIGUS

    09/28/2019 12:16 PM

    And when will the Democrat senators that attempted to extort the Ukrainian government be forced to step down? Wait! Never, they are democrats that could commit murder and get away with it.

  • Jerry

    09/28/2019 12:15 PM

    I Wonder why Trump keeps these type of people around like Volker whether he is the creep that does the leaking or not this type is only here to divide and separate America does Donald keep these people to use them to expose all of the criminal activity the left is doing behind and and in front of the scene? The Anti America theme the Left is doing needs some very strong penalties when they are caught exposing confidential information. Undermining the President while working with Foreign policy needs to be kept in house. We the citizens have our life to live let the President fix the wrongs of the last administrations and number is large, for Trump to fix all the problems caused in the last 30 years will take some time all the the Left wants is that the problems remain that's why they want him out.

  • J W Eason III

    09/28/2019 12:15 PM

    It's about time the Dummycrats get over it and start trying to take care of our Country . They have done nothing since they took control of the house for the betterment of the Country . Instead they have tried to block everything the President has tried to do to secure the borders and promote growth in the economy . Such a Shame .

The “Ukraine Quid Pro Quo Impeachment” story

4 minute read

September 28, 2019 |

The “Ukraine Quid Pro Quo Impeachment” story is collapsing so fast that trying to keep up with all the developments is like trying to provide real-time play-by-play of an empty building being imploded with TNT.  I’ll try to roll the footage back, look at it in slo-mo, and fill you in a few things that have happened since…well, yesterday. 

Let’s start with a must-see video.  If the Democrats think Trump is going to let them use him as a punching bag, they must’ve been in a coma for the past three years (FYI, I could probably be convinced of that.) His campaign has already released a hard-hitting ad slamming Biden, the House Democrats and the media and claiming they’re trying to impeach him for wanting to investigate their corruption.  It’s a hard point to refute, but Biden claims the ad shows Trump is “terrified.”  Funny, he doesn’t sound terrified, especially not at the end, when he says, “I’m Donald Trump and I approved this message.”  Something about the way he says makes you believe he really, really approves of it.


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https://youtu.be/bbixdV2F6Ts

Kurt Volker, the US envoy to Ukraine, resigned after he was mentioned in the “whistleblower” complaint (I use the quotation marks because this is looking less like a real whistleblower and more like a mole working specifically to undermine the Administration, perhaps in an orchestrated plan with other partisans.  We shall see.)  The complaint got it wrong, claiming that Volker was concerned about Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani inserting himself into talks with Ukraine to investigate Biden and that he tried to “contain the damage.”  But Giuliani released documents showing that he had been asked to work with Ukraine on that.  I’m sure we’ll be hearing more on this story soon.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/kurt-volker-ukraine-envoy-resigns-whistleblower-complaint

In a remarkable coincidence, just before the complaint came to light, the intelligence community quietly changed the rules for making whistleblower complaints so that filers no longer had to have direct knowledge of suspected wrongdoing, they only had to claim to have heard about it. So hearsay just recently became admissible evidence. Wow, there’s a coin-kee-dink for you!  

https://bongino.com/whistleblower-rules-were-changed-right-before-the-ukraine-complaint/

Adam Mill at the Federalist floats the theory that the legally questionable “impeachment inquiry” Nancy Pelosi talked about isn’t really about a vote on impeachment, and the weak sauce Ukraine phone call excuse isn’t really grounds for impeachment.  Instead, the whole inquiry is a McGuffin designed to give Jerry Nadler’s committee a pretext to argue in court that it has a right to demand a lot of White House documents they’d otherwise be barred from getting, so that they can hunt through them, looking for some real reason to impeach Trump. Guess Trump keeps a security camera pointed at his garbage cans. 

https://thefederalist.com/2019/09/26/how-the-house-plans-to-use-its-inquiry-to-instigate-impeachment/


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I already told you that ABC’s story that an alleged adviser to Ukraine’s President Zelensky said Zelensky was aware of the “quid pro quo” (US aid in exchange for investigating Joe Biden’s son) at the time of his phone call with Trump was denied by the alleged source, who was not an adviser to Zelensky then or now. He says the only thing he knew about a “quid pro quo” was what he’d read in the media (this could be a first: fake news based on fake news!)

The new development in this story is that ABC actually retracted their fake news instead of doubling down on it, which puts them a rung above many other media outlets on the journalistic integrity ladder 

https://www.westernjournal.com/abc-forced-issue-correction-big-ukraine-story-crumbles/

In what could be a major development, John Solomon at The Hill uncovered hundreds of previously unreleased memos and documents that undermine the Bidens’ and the media’s claims that Biden was just pressing Ukraine to fire a corrupt and inept prosecutor and that the investigation of the natural gas company Burisma, whose board included his son Hunter, was already ended with no wrongdoing found.  The papers show instead that Burisma’s attorneys apologized to Ukraine for disseminating false information about the prosecutor and that, while one investigation of Burisma had passed its legal deadline, two others were still open. 

Again, I’ll point out that if it’s an impeachable offense for a top US official to threaten to withhold aid to force a foreign nation to change its policies, then no matter what the motive or whether or not Biden believed disinformation about the prosecutor, he is on video bragging about blackmailing Ukraine into firing its prosecutor with a threat to withhold US aid. But this does rip away even the tissue paper-thin excuse that the media were using to cover it up and ignore it.  

https://www.westernjournal.com/biden-lied-ukraine-along-hundreds-pages-uncovered-memos-provide-details/

President…oops, sorry…Representative Eric Swalwell claimed that Trump showed a “consciousness of guilt” and attempted a cover-up by putting the transcript of his call with Ukraine’s President on a server for top secret communications that’s usually not used for such communications.  Some might say that he showed a consciousness that he’s surrounded by snakes who’ll leak anything they can get their hands on to the media, regardless of how much it harms America, as long as it makes Trump look bad, but where would he have gotten that crazy idea?  As for me, I’ll just note how nice it is to have a President who actually knows what a secure server that protects classified information is.

https://www.foxnews.com/media/eric-swalwell-ukraine-call-cover-up

Sean Davis at The Federalist notes that far from being the detailed work of an obvious expert on Ukraine, as many media outlets claimed, that “whistleblower” complaint is filled with incorrect statements, gossip and innuendo from anonymous third-hand sources and unconfirmed media reports, which makes it eerily reminiscent of the “Trump Russian Dossier” that Hillary’s campaign paid for.

https://thefederalist.com/2019/09/26/complaint-from-so-called-whistleblower-is-riddled-with-gossip-blatant-falsehoods/

Here’s a tough one: if I don’t include this, I’ll be accused of covering up for a fellow Republican; and if I do include it, I’ll be accused of smearing an anti-Trump Republican. Maybe this story just means that Burisma was paying a lot of well-connected people on both sides to cover its bases.  I’ll just go with passing on the story and letting you decide for yourself what to think about it.

https://thefederalist.com/2019/09/26/top-romney-adviser-worked-with-hunter-biden-on-board-of-ukrainian-energy-company/

Rep. Adam Schiff, whose head apparently is shaped like a bubble for a reason, accused President Trump of violating his oath of office by delaying military aid to Ukraine. He failed to mention, or didn’t remember, that Obama banned military aid to Ukraine entirely in 2014, even though they desperately needed it to defend themselves from Russia. You might also consider this a new development since some people will learn that Trump is far from a puppet of Putin.  That was the lie Schiff had been promoting for the previous two years.  At least he finally has a new one now.

https://www.westernjournal.com/schiff-accuses-trump-risking-us-security-delaying-ukraine-aid-obama-denied-lethal-weapons-altogether/

Narrative Buster: Bryan Dean Wright, a Democrat and former CIA officer, blasted the House Democrats’ impeachment mania as a “horrific precedent” and an attempt to “kneecap” the President, “irrespective of facts.” He explains why here:

https://www.foxnews.com/media/former-cia-officer-democrat-trump-impeachment

Finally, to finish on a lighter note with a little laughable hypocrisy, the leftist group MoveOn.org, which was founded to pressure Congress to “move on” from the Clinton scandals and not impeach Bill Clinton, is now sending out propaganda to get its followers to pressure Congress to impeach President Trump.  I guess they moved on so much, they circled the Earth and tripped over the principles they left behind in 1998.

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/343479

Why do I get the feeling that by the time this whole "quid pro quo" fiasco plays out, the only good to come out of it will be that Americans will learn three words of Latin?

 

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Comments 51-72 of 72

  • Kathleen Hill-Derusha

    09/28/2019 01:37 PM

    Your commentary covers more than watching my favorite news nightly for a week. Thanks for your accurate accounts of the insanity that seems to get more unbelievable every day. Your humor helps to digest it! You rock!

  • Thelma Lesch

    09/28/2019 01:37 PM

    Mr. Huckabee, I love your sense of humor. It makes reading your news reports so interesting.
    I wish the Democrats would lighten up and see the light. They are causing a lot of problems in this country/world. President Trump is the greatest President ever in my 78 yrs.

  • Kathleen Wood

    09/28/2019 01:30 PM

    This is another faux accusation by Democrat leaders and the main stream media to resist Trump. They fear him. They are corrupt. They know that he and the American people have had enough and are intolerant of their constant crimes. Just another page in draining the swamp. Let's get on with it!

  • Athina Campbell

    09/28/2019 01:27 PM

    Thank you for such comprehensive information - it helps to keep some sanity in this good ole' USA. I believe that the Dem's are doing so much damage to America & around the world. The agenda is generations long and has the plans is to destroy America and make it somethings unrecognizable under the control of ??? I feel ill when the dem's speak and they are trying to cause people to fear, to walk in fear and their words literally make our air, physical & spiritual - sick. Praise the LORD - our Savior Reigns and He has the final Word!!!

  • Kathie Mason

    09/28/2019 01:18 PM

    Anxiety has become a major factor for old and young alike. The damage caused by these constant headline grabbing outlandish allegations has undermined people’s sense of security. More and more of us afraid to hold our heads up in fear it may be chopped off both literally and figuratively.

  • GA Baker

    09/28/2019 01:13 PM

    What about OCCRP providing the "research" the complaint is based on? It's the link that shows George Soros is behind the whole thing!

  • Charles W Mitchell

    09/28/2019 01:08 PM

    If they don't have a roll call vote on impeachment, then I will just have to vote against every incumbent. If they have a roll call vote then I will know who to vote out. Pass it on.

  • Mike W Grady

    09/28/2019 01:08 PM

    Trump 2020!!!

  • JC Holland

    09/28/2019 01:08 PM

    Why doesn't President Trump demand the House call for a vote?
    Why hasn't he sued little Adam in civil court for defamation?
    Why hasn't Barr charged anybody with anything?
    Why isn't President Trump focussing ads on the DNC policy to murder babies?

  • rodney burke

    09/28/2019 01:05 PM

    can we officially call the left "The party of documented failure"? do you realize the only success they've had is getting Sessions to recuse himself and for zero documented reason? They have a STRING of failures going back to 2015. They failed dismally to stop Trump from getting the nomination. It's almost laughable if if wasn't so serious. the left has put it out in the open, "We HATE America, we want to utter destroy it and make a new socialist state that is an economic failure. We want to control every phase of your life." I would call that the domestic enemy. Islam which is a foreign enemy is saying in clear language that they have the RIGHT to take over America and kill Americans. Ask Pam Geller! this is a war. We are witnessing a continuous coup and libs are not hiding it anymore. If Barr and co. can't deal with it, we are screwed as a free nation. It is time for TR's big stick and USING it!

    Also can we safely call them the party of "documented lies?" How many have failed. This post is chocked FULL of debunk of the lies. Schiff, lying in his statement, knowingly? How can we believe anything they OR the media say? I say, let the tribunals begin! Let justice finally be served.

  • Victor R Van Tress

    09/28/2019 12:59 PM

    I voted for you before I voted for Trump I wonder what your administration would be dealing with at this time.

  • Terry Mathews

    09/28/2019 12:57 PM

    Thank you for your dedication and loyalty to President Trump and all supporters and conservatives. Your honest sincere reasonable opinions are extremely valuable to every day American’s trying to figure out the facts and truth concerning all things political. I personally feel the desperation and unethical extremes being perpetrated by the Democrats make them highly suspect of criminal and treasonous behavior! Today’s Democratic Party is truly the worst in American history. Keep up the good fight??????????

  • Eileen Johnson

    09/28/2019 12:51 PM

    Well, sir, if anyone could find humor in the political events of the last 24 hours, it would be you! Remember the Keystone Cops? (not the Keystone Pipeline)—well, that’s a good metaphor for the democrats running around like the maniacs they are, making accusations but too crazed to be even a tiny bit organized. & forget integrity, that’s a relic of the Stone Age.
    I really did lol over your clever writing, & did a lot of smh over the sad state of seditious slander on our daily slog through the latest events in the Swamp.
    Always a fan,
    EJohnson

  • roger brailer

    09/28/2019 12:47 PM

    terrified?if they knew what that was they`d notice most of America`s faces when the fake news pretends that they will win in 2020!

  • Robbie Mize

    09/28/2019 12:45 PM

    And as my pastor often says "what is the Greek word for that?" And we reply Baloney!!!!!

  • Connie Eggen

    09/28/2019 12:34 PM

    So hearsay just recently became admissible evidence. Wow, there’s a coin-kee-dink for you!
    Not admissible in a court of law and never will be. So if it is not good enough or the court, it is not good enough for an impeachment.

  • Rev. Dr. Norman Johnson

    09/28/2019 12:27 PM

    I couldn’t agree more with the real truth and not with what the “Dems” are doing. I personally am tired of the lack of Congress to do anything meaningful except the investigation of what our President does. I am also very concerned about the scrutiny of “highly sensitive “ material which should be within Presidential executive privilege in foreign policy leaking out constantly,

  • Rafael A Salaz

    09/28/2019 12:18 PM

    The Republicans need to stick together . The disloyal Republicans need to be removed , so they don’t muddy up the waters. The Democrats are losers , they want to remove Trump before he gets elected again . The Democrats haven’t done an ounce of work for our nation since the last election.

  • Kevin J Cook

    09/28/2019 12:17 PM

    Where the people fear the government, you have tyranny. Where the government fears the people, you have liberty.” -John Basil Barnhill

  • BARRY LIGUS

    09/28/2019 12:16 PM

    And when will the Democrat senators that attempted to extort the Ukrainian government be forced to step down? Wait! Never, they are democrats that could commit murder and get away with it.

  • Jerry

    09/28/2019 12:15 PM

    I Wonder why Trump keeps these type of people around like Volker whether he is the creep that does the leaking or not this type is only here to divide and separate America does Donald keep these people to use them to expose all of the criminal activity the left is doing behind and and in front of the scene? The Anti America theme the Left is doing needs some very strong penalties when they are caught exposing confidential information. Undermining the President while working with Foreign policy needs to be kept in house. We the citizens have our life to live let the President fix the wrongs of the last administrations and number is large, for Trump to fix all the problems caused in the last 30 years will take some time all the the Left wants is that the problems remain that's why they want him out.

  • J W Eason III

    09/28/2019 12:15 PM

    It's about time the Dummycrats get over it and start trying to take care of our Country . They have done nothing since they took control of the house for the betterment of the Country . Instead they have tried to block everything the President has tried to do to secure the borders and promote growth in the economy . Such a Shame .

The “Ukraine Quid Pro Quo Impeachment” story

4 minute read

September 28, 2019 |

The “Ukraine Quid Pro Quo Impeachment” story is collapsing so fast that trying to keep up with all the developments is like trying to provide real-time play-by-play of an empty building being imploded with TNT.  I’ll try to roll the footage back, look at it in slo-mo, and fill you in a few things that have happened since…well, yesterday. 

Let’s start with a must-see video.  If the Democrats think Trump is going to let them use him as a punching bag, they must’ve been in a coma for the past three years (FYI, I could probably be convinced of that.) His campaign has already released a hard-hitting ad slamming Biden, the House Democrats and the media and claiming they’re trying to impeach him for wanting to investigate their corruption.  It’s a hard point to refute, but Biden claims the ad shows Trump is “terrified.”  Funny, he doesn’t sound terrified, especially not at the end, when he says, “I’m Donald Trump and I approved this message.”  Something about the way he says makes you believe he really, really approves of it.


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https://youtu.be/bbixdV2F6Ts

Kurt Volker, the US envoy to Ukraine, resigned after he was mentioned in the “whistleblower” complaint (I use the quotation marks because this is looking less like a real whistleblower and more like a mole working specifically to undermine the Administration, perhaps in an orchestrated plan with other partisans.  We shall see.)  The complaint got it wrong, claiming that Volker was concerned about Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani inserting himself into talks with Ukraine to investigate Biden and that he tried to “contain the damage.”  But Giuliani released documents showing that he had been asked to work with Ukraine on that.  I’m sure we’ll be hearing more on this story soon.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/kurt-volker-ukraine-envoy-resigns-whistleblower-complaint

In a remarkable coincidence, just before the complaint came to light, the intelligence community quietly changed the rules for making whistleblower complaints so that filers no longer had to have direct knowledge of suspected wrongdoing, they only had to claim to have heard about it. So hearsay just recently became admissible evidence. Wow, there’s a coin-kee-dink for you!  

https://bongino.com/whistleblower-rules-were-changed-right-before-the-ukraine-complaint/

Adam Mill at the Federalist floats the theory that the legally questionable “impeachment inquiry” Nancy Pelosi talked about isn’t really about a vote on impeachment, and the weak sauce Ukraine phone call excuse isn’t really grounds for impeachment.  Instead, the whole inquiry is a McGuffin designed to give Jerry Nadler’s committee a pretext to argue in court that it has a right to demand a lot of White House documents they’d otherwise be barred from getting, so that they can hunt through them, looking for some real reason to impeach Trump. Guess Trump keeps a security camera pointed at his garbage cans. 

https://thefederalist.com/2019/09/26/how-the-house-plans-to-use-its-inquiry-to-instigate-impeachment/


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I already told you that ABC’s story that an alleged adviser to Ukraine’s President Zelensky said Zelensky was aware of the “quid pro quo” (US aid in exchange for investigating Joe Biden’s son) at the time of his phone call with Trump was denied by the alleged source, who was not an adviser to Zelensky then or now. He says the only thing he knew about a “quid pro quo” was what he’d read in the media (this could be a first: fake news based on fake news!)

The new development in this story is that ABC actually retracted their fake news instead of doubling down on it, which puts them a rung above many other media outlets on the journalistic integrity ladder 

https://www.westernjournal.com/abc-forced-issue-correction-big-ukraine-story-crumbles/

In what could be a major development, John Solomon at The Hill uncovered hundreds of previously unreleased memos and documents that undermine the Bidens’ and the media’s claims that Biden was just pressing Ukraine to fire a corrupt and inept prosecutor and that the investigation of the natural gas company Burisma, whose board included his son Hunter, was already ended with no wrongdoing found.  The papers show instead that Burisma’s attorneys apologized to Ukraine for disseminating false information about the prosecutor and that, while one investigation of Burisma had passed its legal deadline, two others were still open. 

Again, I’ll point out that if it’s an impeachable offense for a top US official to threaten to withhold aid to force a foreign nation to change its policies, then no matter what the motive or whether or not Biden believed disinformation about the prosecutor, he is on video bragging about blackmailing Ukraine into firing its prosecutor with a threat to withhold US aid. But this does rip away even the tissue paper-thin excuse that the media were using to cover it up and ignore it.  

https://www.westernjournal.com/biden-lied-ukraine-along-hundreds-pages-uncovered-memos-provide-details/

President…oops, sorry…Representative Eric Swalwell claimed that Trump showed a “consciousness of guilt” and attempted a cover-up by putting the transcript of his call with Ukraine’s President on a server for top secret communications that’s usually not used for such communications.  Some might say that he showed a consciousness that he’s surrounded by snakes who’ll leak anything they can get their hands on to the media, regardless of how much it harms America, as long as it makes Trump look bad, but where would he have gotten that crazy idea?  As for me, I’ll just note how nice it is to have a President who actually knows what a secure server that protects classified information is.

https://www.foxnews.com/media/eric-swalwell-ukraine-call-cover-up

Sean Davis at The Federalist notes that far from being the detailed work of an obvious expert on Ukraine, as many media outlets claimed, that “whistleblower” complaint is filled with incorrect statements, gossip and innuendo from anonymous third-hand sources and unconfirmed media reports, which makes it eerily reminiscent of the “Trump Russian Dossier” that Hillary’s campaign paid for.

https://thefederalist.com/2019/09/26/complaint-from-so-called-whistleblower-is-riddled-with-gossip-blatant-falsehoods/

Here’s a tough one: if I don’t include this, I’ll be accused of covering up for a fellow Republican; and if I do include it, I’ll be accused of smearing an anti-Trump Republican. Maybe this story just means that Burisma was paying a lot of well-connected people on both sides to cover its bases.  I’ll just go with passing on the story and letting you decide for yourself what to think about it.

https://thefederalist.com/2019/09/26/top-romney-adviser-worked-with-hunter-biden-on-board-of-ukrainian-energy-company/

Rep. Adam Schiff, whose head apparently is shaped like a bubble for a reason, accused President Trump of violating his oath of office by delaying military aid to Ukraine. He failed to mention, or didn’t remember, that Obama banned military aid to Ukraine entirely in 2014, even though they desperately needed it to defend themselves from Russia. You might also consider this a new development since some people will learn that Trump is far from a puppet of Putin.  That was the lie Schiff had been promoting for the previous two years.  At least he finally has a new one now.

https://www.westernjournal.com/schiff-accuses-trump-risking-us-security-delaying-ukraine-aid-obama-denied-lethal-weapons-altogether/

Narrative Buster: Bryan Dean Wright, a Democrat and former CIA officer, blasted the House Democrats’ impeachment mania as a “horrific precedent” and an attempt to “kneecap” the President, “irrespective of facts.” He explains why here:

https://www.foxnews.com/media/former-cia-officer-democrat-trump-impeachment

Finally, to finish on a lighter note with a little laughable hypocrisy, the leftist group MoveOn.org, which was founded to pressure Congress to “move on” from the Clinton scandals and not impeach Bill Clinton, is now sending out propaganda to get its followers to pressure Congress to impeach President Trump.  I guess they moved on so much, they circled the Earth and tripped over the principles they left behind in 1998.

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/343479

Why do I get the feeling that by the time this whole "quid pro quo" fiasco plays out, the only good to come out of it will be that Americans will learn three words of Latin?

 

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  • Kathleen Hill-Derusha

    09/28/2019 01:37 PM

    Your commentary covers more than watching my favorite news nightly for a week. Thanks for your accurate accounts of the insanity that seems to get more unbelievable every day. Your humor helps to digest it! You rock!

  • Thelma Lesch

    09/28/2019 01:37 PM

    Mr. Huckabee, I love your sense of humor. It makes reading your news reports so interesting.
    I wish the Democrats would lighten up and see the light. They are causing a lot of problems in this country/world. President Trump is the greatest President ever in my 78 yrs.

  • Kathleen Wood

    09/28/2019 01:30 PM

    This is another faux accusation by Democrat leaders and the main stream media to resist Trump. They fear him. They are corrupt. They know that he and the American people have had enough and are intolerant of their constant crimes. Just another page in draining the swamp. Let's get on with it!

  • Athina Campbell

    09/28/2019 01:27 PM

    Thank you for such comprehensive information - it helps to keep some sanity in this good ole' USA. I believe that the Dem's are doing so much damage to America & around the world. The agenda is generations long and has the plans is to destroy America and make it somethings unrecognizable under the control of ??? I feel ill when the dem's speak and they are trying to cause people to fear, to walk in fear and their words literally make our air, physical & spiritual - sick. Praise the LORD - our Savior Reigns and He has the final Word!!!

  • Kathie Mason

    09/28/2019 01:18 PM

    Anxiety has become a major factor for old and young alike. The damage caused by these constant headline grabbing outlandish allegations has undermined people’s sense of security. More and more of us afraid to hold our heads up in fear it may be chopped off both literally and figuratively.

  • GA Baker

    09/28/2019 01:13 PM

    What about OCCRP providing the "research" the complaint is based on? It's the link that shows George Soros is behind the whole thing!

  • Charles W Mitchell

    09/28/2019 01:08 PM

    If they don't have a roll call vote on impeachment, then I will just have to vote against every incumbent. If they have a roll call vote then I will know who to vote out. Pass it on.

  • Mike W Grady

    09/28/2019 01:08 PM

    Trump 2020!!!

  • JC Holland

    09/28/2019 01:08 PM

    Why doesn't President Trump demand the House call for a vote?
    Why hasn't he sued little Adam in civil court for defamation?
    Why hasn't Barr charged anybody with anything?
    Why isn't President Trump focussing ads on the DNC policy to murder babies?

  • rodney burke

    09/28/2019 01:05 PM

    can we officially call the left "The party of documented failure"? do you realize the only success they've had is getting Sessions to recuse himself and for zero documented reason? They have a STRING of failures going back to 2015. They failed dismally to stop Trump from getting the nomination. It's almost laughable if if wasn't so serious. the left has put it out in the open, "We HATE America, we want to utter destroy it and make a new socialist state that is an economic failure. We want to control every phase of your life." I would call that the domestic enemy. Islam which is a foreign enemy is saying in clear language that they have the RIGHT to take over America and kill Americans. Ask Pam Geller! this is a war. We are witnessing a continuous coup and libs are not hiding it anymore. If Barr and co. can't deal with it, we are screwed as a free nation. It is time for TR's big stick and USING it!

    Also can we safely call them the party of "documented lies?" How many have failed. This post is chocked FULL of debunk of the lies. Schiff, lying in his statement, knowingly? How can we believe anything they OR the media say? I say, let the tribunals begin! Let justice finally be served.

  • Victor R Van Tress

    09/28/2019 12:59 PM

    I voted for you before I voted for Trump I wonder what your administration would be dealing with at this time.

  • Terry Mathews

    09/28/2019 12:57 PM

    Thank you for your dedication and loyalty to President Trump and all supporters and conservatives. Your honest sincere reasonable opinions are extremely valuable to every day American’s trying to figure out the facts and truth concerning all things political. I personally feel the desperation and unethical extremes being perpetrated by the Democrats make them highly suspect of criminal and treasonous behavior! Today’s Democratic Party is truly the worst in American history. Keep up the good fight??????????

  • Eileen Johnson

    09/28/2019 12:51 PM

    Well, sir, if anyone could find humor in the political events of the last 24 hours, it would be you! Remember the Keystone Cops? (not the Keystone Pipeline)—well, that’s a good metaphor for the democrats running around like the maniacs they are, making accusations but too crazed to be even a tiny bit organized. & forget integrity, that’s a relic of the Stone Age.
    I really did lol over your clever writing, & did a lot of smh over the sad state of seditious slander on our daily slog through the latest events in the Swamp.
    Always a fan,
    EJohnson

  • roger brailer

    09/28/2019 12:47 PM

    terrified?if they knew what that was they`d notice most of America`s faces when the fake news pretends that they will win in 2020!

  • Robbie Mize

    09/28/2019 12:45 PM

    And as my pastor often says "what is the Greek word for that?" And we reply Baloney!!!!!

  • Connie Eggen

    09/28/2019 12:34 PM

    So hearsay just recently became admissible evidence. Wow, there’s a coin-kee-dink for you!
    Not admissible in a court of law and never will be. So if it is not good enough or the court, it is not good enough for an impeachment.

  • Rev. Dr. Norman Johnson

    09/28/2019 12:27 PM

    I couldn’t agree more with the real truth and not with what the “Dems” are doing. I personally am tired of the lack of Congress to do anything meaningful except the investigation of what our President does. I am also very concerned about the scrutiny of “highly sensitive “ material which should be within Presidential executive privilege in foreign policy leaking out constantly,

  • Rafael A Salaz

    09/28/2019 12:18 PM

    The Republicans need to stick together . The disloyal Republicans need to be removed , so they don’t muddy up the waters. The Democrats are losers , they want to remove Trump before he gets elected again . The Democrats haven’t done an ounce of work for our nation since the last election.

  • Kevin J Cook

    09/28/2019 12:17 PM

    Where the people fear the government, you have tyranny. Where the government fears the people, you have liberty.” -John Basil Barnhill

  • BARRY LIGUS

    09/28/2019 12:16 PM

    And when will the Democrat senators that attempted to extort the Ukrainian government be forced to step down? Wait! Never, they are democrats that could commit murder and get away with it.

  • Jerry

    09/28/2019 12:15 PM

    I Wonder why Trump keeps these type of people around like Volker whether he is the creep that does the leaking or not this type is only here to divide and separate America does Donald keep these people to use them to expose all of the criminal activity the left is doing behind and and in front of the scene? The Anti America theme the Left is doing needs some very strong penalties when they are caught exposing confidential information. Undermining the President while working with Foreign policy needs to be kept in house. We the citizens have our life to live let the President fix the wrongs of the last administrations and number is large, for Trump to fix all the problems caused in the last 30 years will take some time all the the Left wants is that the problems remain that's why they want him out.

  • J W Eason III

    09/28/2019 12:15 PM

    It's about time the Dummycrats get over it and start trying to take care of our Country . They have done nothing since they took control of the house for the betterment of the Country . Instead they have tried to block everything the President has tried to do to secure the borders and promote growth in the economy . Such a Shame .