After Saturday morning’s take-down of House managers by the Trump attorneys, I was expecting great things from them on Monday --- and was not disappointed. They triumphed. Among the highlights:

Our friend Pam Bondi, former attorney general of Florida, offered ample justification for the Trump administration to want Ukraine to include the Bidens in their investigation of high-level government corruption, and for Trump to raise this issue with Zelensky (even though it was Zelensky who brought it up during the call). She showed that the Bidens’ massive profiteering looked so bad, even the major (i.e., Democrat) media had done big news stories on it. Her produced video retrospective included numerous examples of these. She noted that even the Obama State Department had had concerns.

It seemed obvious after watching Bondi’s 30-minute presentation that President Trump would have been remiss if he HADN’T expected Ukraine to take a look, whether Joe Biden might ultimately be the Democrat candidate for President or not.

In fact, after hearing what she had to say and seeing the evidence of personal monetary gain by the Bidens, I don’t know why Hunter Biden is even useful as a witness in this forum. (Are you listening, Mr. Romney?) We have what we need. As I’ve said, Hunter would likely just take the Fifth; what good would that be, especially if it opened the door to a parade of witnesses put on by House managers just to stall the inevitable? If the Democrats offer such a deal --- “we get Bolton, you get Biden” –- Trump’s attorneys should turn it down.

The uproar over one passage in Bolton’s book manuscript concerning funds for Ukraine being contingent upon investigating the Bidens is based, at least so far, on very little. It turns out that no one who has “revealed” anything about the manuscript has even seen it. That’s right, even THE NEW YORK TIMES didn’t actually see it and doesn’t know exactly how it was worded. A “source” told them about it. In other words, this is just more hearsay. As the WALL STREET JOURNAL points out, Bolton doesn’t have to testify to clarify this, but simply make a public statement or write an op-ed for, say, the WALL STREET JOURNAL.

Anyway, Bondi did a stellar job of exposing the seriousness of the Biden issue. “All we are saying is that there was a basis to talk about this, to raise this issue, and that is enough,” she concluded.

Harvard legal professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz turned exceedingly professorial, presenting a primer on what the founders meant by “high crimes and misdemeanors” and their rationale for that (as if House managers care). He explained that if Congress starts finding reasons to impeach Presidents they don’t like, we’ll have, in effect, a parliamentary system, not the balance of powers we have (as if House managers care). He quoted widely, including from Alexander Hamilton, who warned in Federalist #65 that “the greatest danger is that the decision will be regulated more by the comparative strength of parties than by the real demonstrations of innocence or guilt.” No kidding.

Dershowitz furiously called out Democrats, notably Maxine Waters for saying, “Impeachment is whatever Congress says it is. There is no law.” (Yes, she actually said that.) He offered this gem: “For Congress to ignore the specific words of the Constitution itself and substitute its own judgments would be for Congress to do what it is accusing the President of doing.” Amen.

He explained how difficult it is to separate a leader’s political gain with what’s good for the country. Obviously, what’s good for the country will seem self-serving, he said, as it’s bound to benefit the leader politically. He ripped into the managers for trying to look into “the real reason” Trump has done something, the reason “actually in his mind.” It was a stellar moment: “Would you want YOUR actions to be probed for what was ‘the REAL REASON’ why you acted?” The framers couldn’t have intended this ‘psychoanalytic’ approach to presidential motives to determine what is impeachable and what is not, he said.

Dershowitz also brought up the “shoe on the other foot” test for objectivity, which, coincidentally, my staff and I always like to use, to make sure we apply equal standards to everyone. And regarding that, he definitely practices what he preaches. He took great pains to clarify: he votes Democrat, he voted for Hillary, and he disagrees with Trump on many issues. STILL, what Trump has been accused of does not rise to the level of impeachment, he said, not anywhere near. That holds true even on the off-off-chance that there’s anything to the latest NYT story. “Even if a President, any President, were to demand a quid pro quo as a condition to sending aid to a foreign country --- obviously a highly disputed matter, in this case --- that would not in itself constitute an abuse of power,” he said.

For that, he used the “shoe on the other foot” test: Suppose a Democrat President tells Netanyahu that foreign aid authorized by Congress won’t be sent, or an Oval Office meeting scheduled, unless the Israelis stop building settlements. An obvious quid pro quo. “I might disapprove on policy grounds,” he said, “but it would not constitute an abuse of power.” This is how Presidents have always used their power.

Speaking of the “shoe on the other foot” test, my favorite moment of the day may have been Trump attorney Eric Herschmann’s application of that principle. To illustrate the double standard, he DARED to compare President Trump with...wait for it...President Obama. Gasp! Herschmann had the nerve to show the clip of Obama’s March 26, 2012, “hot mic” moment with Russian President Medvedev on the eve of the nuclear security summit in Seoul, South Korea, in which he was caught leaning in close and saying, “This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.” Obama pats Medvedev on the arm, and they nod in mutual understanding. Medvedev replies, “I’ll transmit this information to Vladimir and I stand with you.”

Herschmann provided context for this stunning exchange and explained how it clearly meets the House managers’ standard for “abuse of power.” Can you even imagine the freak-out Democrats would have if Trump were overheard saying this? (Not that he ever would; this is hypothetical.) There would be riots in the streets --- funded by George Soros, of course --- and calls for the President to be hanged as a traitor and agent of Russia.

Ironically, people were so bored or put off by the House managers’ arguments last week that this week’s audience is relatively small. Too bad –- they’re missing history in the making. Trump’s defense is doing a magnificent job, and I could not be prouder to be on their side. After the Democrats’ embarrassing lies, distortions and name-calling, these attorneys showed themselves to be the adults in the room, the guys in the white hats. I’m not sure how Alan Dershowitz can still say he’s a Democrat after what his party did and continues to do, in the name of power, to the Constitution he loves, but that’s a question for another time.

 

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  • Harry Anderson

    01/28/2020 06:10 PM

    I want to make myself very clear and I do want not only to be heard but to be taken seriously. I want all the players brought to justice. All of them. Every corrupt congressperson, and senator. I have certainly grown weary of the Hillary, Biden, FBI, Bernie, Maxiene Waters, Obama, and every thieving, sneering politician, who has been brought to a position to thumb their nose at the American taxpayer who shoulders the penalty of putting these rotten thieves into office. Please term limits. Please forensic investigations must be conducted upon every member of the house and the senate. Thrash out these criminals! Sick of withering on the vine and seeing drunken sobs like Hillary rolling in millions of dollars from the Clinton machine which has sold out America and Americans. Enough already for these criminal who hold up the shield of our laws for us to find they don’t have to obey them, only we do. Disgusted with the whole rotten deal.

  • Barbara Stephens

    01/28/2020 06:00 PM

    Wonderful update, Mike! I am watching every single session of the Trump team's presentations, and I am beyond proud of them and of the truth they are presenting. It is still nice to see the review in your column. Thanks!

  • sharon Decker

    01/28/2020 05:29 PM

    Again the American people can see, that the Dem are crazy. I feel so bad for the family of our President. But he is a strong man. And I worry not for him. For God has his back.

    Pray everyday for him.

  • Carmine Fea

    01/28/2020 05:21 PM

    I agree, President Trump's defense team were outstanding. The presentation by Prof. Dershowitz on the Constitution and founders that made clear the two articles of impeachment brought by the House against President Trump are unacceptable as they do not meet the high crimes and misdemeanors the Constitution and founders demanded for impeachment. What stands out is that hypothetically if Bolton heard the President say aid to Ukraine is contingent upon investigation of corruption, including the possible corruption by Joe and Hunter Biden, IT WOULD NOT RISE TO HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS DEMANDED BY THE CONSTITUTION FOR IMPEACHMENT. This makes clear there is no reason for Bolton to testify, and it makes no sense for a republican senator to want Bolton to testify.

  • Ed Williar

    01/28/2020 05:08 PM

    100% agree, Governor! ??????

  • Paul Russ

    01/28/2020 04:54 PM

    Gov. Huckabee:

    What is your take on the Republican response to Bolton, especially if Sen. Romney and others like Sen. Collins force witnesses?

    How does Sen. McConnell work this?

    Isn't it likely that Bolton would not hesitate speak whereas the Joe and Hunter Biden and any other Democrat witness would simply invoke the Fifth Amendment?. Presumably the that is still possible in an impeachment trial.

    Therefore, Republicans lose and Democrats win. The country is tortured over impeachment forever and Congress continues to get nothing done.

  • Bob Boynton

    01/28/2020 04:51 PM

    Isn't Dershwitz (he) a Liberaterian? Yes, they all (Jay's team) did a stellar job especially Philbon

  • Carla Renick

    01/28/2020 04:46 PM

    Haven't been able to watch all the impeachment coverage as I am traveling and visiting friends, but really enjoy your updates and watch when I can. Our lawyers are doing a great job. The Democrats have nothing and are making fools of themselves in my opinion. God Bless America and God Bless President Trump.

  • Ronald Besse

    01/28/2020 04:43 PM

    Not that I already don't have disdain for CNN, this is another reason. This morning waiting for the trial to resume Fox was showing the President and BiBi discussing another attempt at peace with the Palestinians. The one thing I heard the President say was in effect this might be the last chance for Palestine. Meanwhile at CNN they were (a panel of five) were discussing the fallout from NPR being kicked off the bus and not allowed to follow the Secretary of State on his next Travel. I'm not the smartest 'deplorable in the basket' but I think I know what is important news and it is not some little twit violating 'off the record' after a interview. But that's just me.

  • judith v slen

    01/28/2020 04:20 PM

    I thought they shone very bright as well. Only because of God's grace...I hope no one forgets that part...God's Grace is EVERYTHING

  • Patricia A. Pacini

    01/28/2020 03:58 PM

    Yes, I think the Presidents legal team is doing a GREAT JOB of proving that the Democrat's Case for Impeachment is falling down like Dominoes! I just wish that these Democrats would be held accountable for all the money spent and wasted time they put everyone through. Mike, do you think this will be a possibility? They should lose their jobs and all go to jail for doing this unlawfully and should not get away with it. I hope they at least will all become humiliated by what they have done!

  • Keep on the Pressure

    01/28/2020 03:53 PM

    Pam Bondi and Alan D are killing it. Either one of them needs to explain how it's not the job of the President to prove their case. Like ANY trial in America, the moving party has the burden of proof and that means witness testimony already in evidence.

    Pelosi and crew have a history of not providing all the information or using hypotheticals instead of evidence when wanting the media to help them out (the illegal wiretapping warrants issued). THIS is an abuse of power and NOT how our trial system works. Would any american want this to happen to them? What prevents it if our legislative body doesn't follow the rules they created? Outrageous!

  • Jeanne Weller

    01/28/2020 03:44 PM

    Thank you, Mike Huckabee for sharing what IS going on ... instead of having to be parked in front of a tv for HOURS on end, being disgusted at all the lies and jargon! I appreciate you and your candor, God bless you for standing with Pres. Trump (AND with Israel)

  • Rick Holcomb

    01/28/2020 03:40 PM

    I watched the President's team, all 3 days as they defended him. I did not watch any of the House managers presentations. I thought the President's team gave a respectful, dignified, easy to understand, presentation. I will vote for President Trump to keep up the good work, and I hope and pray that the deal he announced today, will actually work to bring peace, for Israel, and the rest of the region.

  • Thomas W. Price

    01/28/2020 03:37 PM

    What's wrong with a Quid pro quo?
    God set precedent,He said " if you turn from your wicked ways,I will" ," if you repent,I will", " if you confess and repent,I will", you get the idea! Come to think of it the Democrats have already impeached God!
    Good luck with removal!

  • Kathryn L. Nutefall

    01/28/2020 03:22 PM

    I agree with you Governor Mike Huckabee! President Trump's defensive team is doing a fantastic job! My Husband and I watched all of the coverage on FOX News on Saturday and Monday. We watched little of the democrats last week - we did see parts on the news. We want to watch most, if not all, of this coverage. Alan Dershowitz was spot on and we learned so much! President Trump's lawyers should refuse to call witnesses and call for this farce to come to an end. With Nancy Pelosi not following the rules to hold a vote in Congress, there really is no impeachment. End of story!! Thank you Sir for your great coverage, and though this may be my first comment, I read your posts regularly and am always in agreement with you!
    God Bless,
    Kathryn

  • Alan Doud

    01/28/2020 03:17 PM

    The first dialogue I have heard reported about this trial that held any significant sense. It will be interesting to see how the opposition tries to counter this argument. Especially since they don't have anything concrete enough to support their accusations. I am impressed with Trumps attorneys for their skill in bringing the truth to the surface. There will probably still be haters that ignore facts and just want trumps destroyed.

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    01/28/2020 03:17 PM

    So... can we back in time and accuse Osama Obama of the same thing with different charges, as well as Joe " I did it and you can't touch me now" Biden?

  • Linda Rhodes

    01/28/2020 03:16 PM

    Defense team SHINES !
    Puts House Managers and House Impeachment debacle to shame.
    2020 Redo of 2016 coming.

  • Claudia Bell

    01/28/2020 03:09 PM

    Thank you for the update! The defense’s argument makes so much sense.

  • Cheryl Lindsey

    01/28/2020 03:08 PM

    I listened to most of the oral arguments by the attorneys from the WhiteHouse team. The ones that I heard were excellent but the one that stood out for me was Jay Sekulow this afternoon when he framed the issue so beautifully which is this. Does the Constitution allow for impeachment of a President solely because the opposing party disagrees with
    the Commander in Chief’s policies. If the answer is yes, then every President from now into the future will and “Must” be impeached by the opposing party because the standard will have been set so low by this impeachment trial. Are you ready for that?

    As far as John Bolton testifying, there is an old saying; “why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?” No need to spend $30.00 on John Bolton’s book when the blockbuster story will be aired on national tv.

  • David E Anderson

    01/28/2020 03:07 PM

    I must take exception to the praise that the President and others are heaping on his defense team for their performance at the impeachment trial. Those men are all professional attorneys whose normal audience is a jury whose hearts they are attempting to win to let a potentially guilty man off. However, as the one effective attorney, XXXX, said "no crime has been committed", so the defense should take about three minutes. Each atrorney should make a small number of discrete declarative statements and then sit down. The verbose presentations only raises doubts about the innocence of the clients. I think that style not only prolongs the hearings, but makes some people wonder why they are going to such lengths if he is guilty of nothing.

  • Shirley M Ostenson

    01/28/2020 03:05 PM

    I was glued to the TV - the President's Defense was brilliant. Ken Starr deserves better reviews than he got.

  • Jerry Korba

    01/28/2020 03:00 PM

    Mike I got to listen for a little time Jay S. read the facts the people on the Left if they had decency they should have been looking for a trap door to slither down. We have shared the same facts Jay S. said and it is not hearsay he talked with facts, showed proof of what he was saying and showed the Left what Honesty and Intelligence looks like. Disregard for taxpayer money is indefensible to start with Pelosi makes the Shifter and Nadler make a mockery of the House. Congress and Senate members bribe countries for kickbacks to get aid our country gives them holds them hostage like Biden did and when they get caught they impeach the President for cleaning up bribery in the purest form. I have looked at the two sides the Left makes no factual case the Right proves the case with facts. The country Ukraine got all that was promised and more. Mike, Romney will never change he will always be a coward the Wizard of Oz can not fix him his DNA probably comes from a long list of backshooters expect nothing more from him the country prays he has not reproduced more backshooters it may be too late for snip snip for this coward it may have brought more to life.

  • Barbara Brace

    01/28/2020 02:39 PM

    You always sign off gratefully. I am the one who is grateful for you, your observations and bringing a level head to our world and with humor. God bless you, keep you. We need you.

After Saturday morning’s take-down of House managers by the Trump attorneys, I was expecting great things from them on Monday --- and was not disappointed. They triumphed. Among the highlights:

Our friend Pam Bondi, former attorney general of Florida, offered ample justification for the Trump administration to want Ukraine to include the Bidens in their investigation of high-level government corruption, and for Trump to raise this issue with Zelensky (even though it was Zelensky who brought it up during the call). She showed that the Bidens’ massive profiteering looked so bad, even the major (i.e., Democrat) media had done big news stories on it. Her produced video retrospective included numerous examples of these. She noted that even the Obama State Department had had concerns.

It seemed obvious after watching Bondi’s 30-minute presentation that President Trump would have been remiss if he HADN’T expected Ukraine to take a look, whether Joe Biden might ultimately be the Democrat candidate for President or not.

In fact, after hearing what she had to say and seeing the evidence of personal monetary gain by the Bidens, I don’t know why Hunter Biden is even useful as a witness in this forum. (Are you listening, Mr. Romney?) We have what we need. As I’ve said, Hunter would likely just take the Fifth; what good would that be, especially if it opened the door to a parade of witnesses put on by House managers just to stall the inevitable? If the Democrats offer such a deal --- “we get Bolton, you get Biden” –- Trump’s attorneys should turn it down.

The uproar over one passage in Bolton’s book manuscript concerning funds for Ukraine being contingent upon investigating the Bidens is based, at least so far, on very little. It turns out that no one who has “revealed” anything about the manuscript has even seen it. That’s right, even THE NEW YORK TIMES didn’t actually see it and doesn’t know exactly how it was worded. A “source” told them about it. In other words, this is just more hearsay. As the WALL STREET JOURNAL points out, Bolton doesn’t have to testify to clarify this, but simply make a public statement or write an op-ed for, say, the WALL STREET JOURNAL.

Anyway, Bondi did a stellar job of exposing the seriousness of the Biden issue. “All we are saying is that there was a basis to talk about this, to raise this issue, and that is enough,” she concluded.

Harvard legal professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz turned exceedingly professorial, presenting a primer on what the founders meant by “high crimes and misdemeanors” and their rationale for that (as if House managers care). He explained that if Congress starts finding reasons to impeach Presidents they don’t like, we’ll have, in effect, a parliamentary system, not the balance of powers we have (as if House managers care). He quoted widely, including from Alexander Hamilton, who warned in Federalist #65 that “the greatest danger is that the decision will be regulated more by the comparative strength of parties than by the real demonstrations of innocence or guilt.” No kidding.

Dershowitz furiously called out Democrats, notably Maxine Waters for saying, “Impeachment is whatever Congress says it is. There is no law.” (Yes, she actually said that.) He offered this gem: “For Congress to ignore the specific words of the Constitution itself and substitute its own judgments would be for Congress to do what it is accusing the President of doing.” Amen.

He explained how difficult it is to separate a leader’s political gain with what’s good for the country. Obviously, what’s good for the country will seem self-serving, he said, as it’s bound to benefit the leader politically. He ripped into the managers for trying to look into “the real reason” Trump has done something, the reason “actually in his mind.” It was a stellar moment: “Would you want YOUR actions to be probed for what was ‘the REAL REASON’ why you acted?” The framers couldn’t have intended this ‘psychoanalytic’ approach to presidential motives to determine what is impeachable and what is not, he said.

Dershowitz also brought up the “shoe on the other foot” test for objectivity, which, coincidentally, my staff and I always like to use, to make sure we apply equal standards to everyone. And regarding that, he definitely practices what he preaches. He took great pains to clarify: he votes Democrat, he voted for Hillary, and he disagrees with Trump on many issues. STILL, what Trump has been accused of does not rise to the level of impeachment, he said, not anywhere near. That holds true even on the off-off-chance that there’s anything to the latest NYT story. “Even if a President, any President, were to demand a quid pro quo as a condition to sending aid to a foreign country --- obviously a highly disputed matter, in this case --- that would not in itself constitute an abuse of power,” he said.

For that, he used the “shoe on the other foot” test: Suppose a Democrat President tells Netanyahu that foreign aid authorized by Congress won’t be sent, or an Oval Office meeting scheduled, unless the Israelis stop building settlements. An obvious quid pro quo. “I might disapprove on policy grounds,” he said, “but it would not constitute an abuse of power.” This is how Presidents have always used their power.

Speaking of the “shoe on the other foot” test, my favorite moment of the day may have been Trump attorney Eric Herschmann’s application of that principle. To illustrate the double standard, he DARED to compare President Trump with...wait for it...President Obama. Gasp! Herschmann had the nerve to show the clip of Obama’s March 26, 2012, “hot mic” moment with Russian President Medvedev on the eve of the nuclear security summit in Seoul, South Korea, in which he was caught leaning in close and saying, “This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.” Obama pats Medvedev on the arm, and they nod in mutual understanding. Medvedev replies, “I’ll transmit this information to Vladimir and I stand with you.”

Herschmann provided context for this stunning exchange and explained how it clearly meets the House managers’ standard for “abuse of power.” Can you even imagine the freak-out Democrats would have if Trump were overheard saying this? (Not that he ever would; this is hypothetical.) There would be riots in the streets --- funded by George Soros, of course --- and calls for the President to be hanged as a traitor and agent of Russia.

Ironically, people were so bored or put off by the House managers’ arguments last week that this week’s audience is relatively small. Too bad –- they’re missing history in the making. Trump’s defense is doing a magnificent job, and I could not be prouder to be on their side. After the Democrats’ embarrassing lies, distortions and name-calling, these attorneys showed themselves to be the adults in the room, the guys in the white hats. I’m not sure how Alan Dershowitz can still say he’s a Democrat after what his party did and continues to do, in the name of power, to the Constitution he loves, but that’s a question for another time.

 

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  • Harry Anderson

    01/28/2020 06:10 PM

    I want to make myself very clear and I do want not only to be heard but to be taken seriously. I want all the players brought to justice. All of them. Every corrupt congressperson, and senator. I have certainly grown weary of the Hillary, Biden, FBI, Bernie, Maxiene Waters, Obama, and every thieving, sneering politician, who has been brought to a position to thumb their nose at the American taxpayer who shoulders the penalty of putting these rotten thieves into office. Please term limits. Please forensic investigations must be conducted upon every member of the house and the senate. Thrash out these criminals! Sick of withering on the vine and seeing drunken sobs like Hillary rolling in millions of dollars from the Clinton machine which has sold out America and Americans. Enough already for these criminal who hold up the shield of our laws for us to find they don’t have to obey them, only we do. Disgusted with the whole rotten deal.

  • Barbara Stephens

    01/28/2020 06:00 PM

    Wonderful update, Mike! I am watching every single session of the Trump team's presentations, and I am beyond proud of them and of the truth they are presenting. It is still nice to see the review in your column. Thanks!

  • sharon Decker

    01/28/2020 05:29 PM

    Again the American people can see, that the Dem are crazy. I feel so bad for the family of our President. But he is a strong man. And I worry not for him. For God has his back.

    Pray everyday for him.

  • Carmine Fea

    01/28/2020 05:21 PM

    I agree, President Trump's defense team were outstanding. The presentation by Prof. Dershowitz on the Constitution and founders that made clear the two articles of impeachment brought by the House against President Trump are unacceptable as they do not meet the high crimes and misdemeanors the Constitution and founders demanded for impeachment. What stands out is that hypothetically if Bolton heard the President say aid to Ukraine is contingent upon investigation of corruption, including the possible corruption by Joe and Hunter Biden, IT WOULD NOT RISE TO HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS DEMANDED BY THE CONSTITUTION FOR IMPEACHMENT. This makes clear there is no reason for Bolton to testify, and it makes no sense for a republican senator to want Bolton to testify.

  • Ed Williar

    01/28/2020 05:08 PM

    100% agree, Governor! ??????

  • Paul Russ

    01/28/2020 04:54 PM

    Gov. Huckabee:

    What is your take on the Republican response to Bolton, especially if Sen. Romney and others like Sen. Collins force witnesses?

    How does Sen. McConnell work this?

    Isn't it likely that Bolton would not hesitate speak whereas the Joe and Hunter Biden and any other Democrat witness would simply invoke the Fifth Amendment?. Presumably the that is still possible in an impeachment trial.

    Therefore, Republicans lose and Democrats win. The country is tortured over impeachment forever and Congress continues to get nothing done.

  • Bob Boynton

    01/28/2020 04:51 PM

    Isn't Dershwitz (he) a Liberaterian? Yes, they all (Jay's team) did a stellar job especially Philbon

  • Carla Renick

    01/28/2020 04:46 PM

    Haven't been able to watch all the impeachment coverage as I am traveling and visiting friends, but really enjoy your updates and watch when I can. Our lawyers are doing a great job. The Democrats have nothing and are making fools of themselves in my opinion. God Bless America and God Bless President Trump.

  • Ronald Besse

    01/28/2020 04:43 PM

    Not that I already don't have disdain for CNN, this is another reason. This morning waiting for the trial to resume Fox was showing the President and BiBi discussing another attempt at peace with the Palestinians. The one thing I heard the President say was in effect this might be the last chance for Palestine. Meanwhile at CNN they were (a panel of five) were discussing the fallout from NPR being kicked off the bus and not allowed to follow the Secretary of State on his next Travel. I'm not the smartest 'deplorable in the basket' but I think I know what is important news and it is not some little twit violating 'off the record' after a interview. But that's just me.

  • judith v slen

    01/28/2020 04:20 PM

    I thought they shone very bright as well. Only because of God's grace...I hope no one forgets that part...God's Grace is EVERYTHING

  • Patricia A. Pacini

    01/28/2020 03:58 PM

    Yes, I think the Presidents legal team is doing a GREAT JOB of proving that the Democrat's Case for Impeachment is falling down like Dominoes! I just wish that these Democrats would be held accountable for all the money spent and wasted time they put everyone through. Mike, do you think this will be a possibility? They should lose their jobs and all go to jail for doing this unlawfully and should not get away with it. I hope they at least will all become humiliated by what they have done!

  • Keep on the Pressure

    01/28/2020 03:53 PM

    Pam Bondi and Alan D are killing it. Either one of them needs to explain how it's not the job of the President to prove their case. Like ANY trial in America, the moving party has the burden of proof and that means witness testimony already in evidence.

    Pelosi and crew have a history of not providing all the information or using hypotheticals instead of evidence when wanting the media to help them out (the illegal wiretapping warrants issued). THIS is an abuse of power and NOT how our trial system works. Would any american want this to happen to them? What prevents it if our legislative body doesn't follow the rules they created? Outrageous!

  • Jeanne Weller

    01/28/2020 03:44 PM

    Thank you, Mike Huckabee for sharing what IS going on ... instead of having to be parked in front of a tv for HOURS on end, being disgusted at all the lies and jargon! I appreciate you and your candor, God bless you for standing with Pres. Trump (AND with Israel)

  • Rick Holcomb

    01/28/2020 03:40 PM

    I watched the President's team, all 3 days as they defended him. I did not watch any of the House managers presentations. I thought the President's team gave a respectful, dignified, easy to understand, presentation. I will vote for President Trump to keep up the good work, and I hope and pray that the deal he announced today, will actually work to bring peace, for Israel, and the rest of the region.

  • Thomas W. Price

    01/28/2020 03:37 PM

    What's wrong with a Quid pro quo?
    God set precedent,He said " if you turn from your wicked ways,I will" ," if you repent,I will", " if you confess and repent,I will", you get the idea! Come to think of it the Democrats have already impeached God!
    Good luck with removal!

  • Kathryn L. Nutefall

    01/28/2020 03:22 PM

    I agree with you Governor Mike Huckabee! President Trump's defensive team is doing a fantastic job! My Husband and I watched all of the coverage on FOX News on Saturday and Monday. We watched little of the democrats last week - we did see parts on the news. We want to watch most, if not all, of this coverage. Alan Dershowitz was spot on and we learned so much! President Trump's lawyers should refuse to call witnesses and call for this farce to come to an end. With Nancy Pelosi not following the rules to hold a vote in Congress, there really is no impeachment. End of story!! Thank you Sir for your great coverage, and though this may be my first comment, I read your posts regularly and am always in agreement with you!
    God Bless,
    Kathryn

  • Alan Doud

    01/28/2020 03:17 PM

    The first dialogue I have heard reported about this trial that held any significant sense. It will be interesting to see how the opposition tries to counter this argument. Especially since they don't have anything concrete enough to support their accusations. I am impressed with Trumps attorneys for their skill in bringing the truth to the surface. There will probably still be haters that ignore facts and just want trumps destroyed.

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    01/28/2020 03:17 PM

    So... can we back in time and accuse Osama Obama of the same thing with different charges, as well as Joe " I did it and you can't touch me now" Biden?

  • Linda Rhodes

    01/28/2020 03:16 PM

    Defense team SHINES !
    Puts House Managers and House Impeachment debacle to shame.
    2020 Redo of 2016 coming.

  • Claudia Bell

    01/28/2020 03:09 PM

    Thank you for the update! The defense’s argument makes so much sense.

  • Cheryl Lindsey

    01/28/2020 03:08 PM

    I listened to most of the oral arguments by the attorneys from the WhiteHouse team. The ones that I heard were excellent but the one that stood out for me was Jay Sekulow this afternoon when he framed the issue so beautifully which is this. Does the Constitution allow for impeachment of a President solely because the opposing party disagrees with
    the Commander in Chief’s policies. If the answer is yes, then every President from now into the future will and “Must” be impeached by the opposing party because the standard will have been set so low by this impeachment trial. Are you ready for that?

    As far as John Bolton testifying, there is an old saying; “why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?” No need to spend $30.00 on John Bolton’s book when the blockbuster story will be aired on national tv.

  • David E Anderson

    01/28/2020 03:07 PM

    I must take exception to the praise that the President and others are heaping on his defense team for their performance at the impeachment trial. Those men are all professional attorneys whose normal audience is a jury whose hearts they are attempting to win to let a potentially guilty man off. However, as the one effective attorney, XXXX, said "no crime has been committed", so the defense should take about three minutes. Each atrorney should make a small number of discrete declarative statements and then sit down. The verbose presentations only raises doubts about the innocence of the clients. I think that style not only prolongs the hearings, but makes some people wonder why they are going to such lengths if he is guilty of nothing.

  • Shirley M Ostenson

    01/28/2020 03:05 PM

    I was glued to the TV - the President's Defense was brilliant. Ken Starr deserves better reviews than he got.

  • Jerry Korba

    01/28/2020 03:00 PM

    Mike I got to listen for a little time Jay S. read the facts the people on the Left if they had decency they should have been looking for a trap door to slither down. We have shared the same facts Jay S. said and it is not hearsay he talked with facts, showed proof of what he was saying and showed the Left what Honesty and Intelligence looks like. Disregard for taxpayer money is indefensible to start with Pelosi makes the Shifter and Nadler make a mockery of the House. Congress and Senate members bribe countries for kickbacks to get aid our country gives them holds them hostage like Biden did and when they get caught they impeach the President for cleaning up bribery in the purest form. I have looked at the two sides the Left makes no factual case the Right proves the case with facts. The country Ukraine got all that was promised and more. Mike, Romney will never change he will always be a coward the Wizard of Oz can not fix him his DNA probably comes from a long list of backshooters expect nothing more from him the country prays he has not reproduced more backshooters it may be too late for snip snip for this coward it may have brought more to life.

  • Barbara Brace

    01/28/2020 02:39 PM

    You always sign off gratefully. I am the one who is grateful for you, your observations and bringing a level head to our world and with humor. God bless you, keep you. We need you.

After Saturday morning’s take-down of House managers by the Trump attorneys, I was expecting great things from them on Monday --- and was not disappointed. They triumphed. Among the highlights:

Our friend Pam Bondi, former attorney general of Florida, offered ample justification for the Trump administration to want Ukraine to include the Bidens in their investigation of high-level government corruption, and for Trump to raise this issue with Zelensky (even though it was Zelensky who brought it up during the call). She showed that the Bidens’ massive profiteering looked so bad, even the major (i.e., Democrat) media had done big news stories on it. Her produced video retrospective included numerous examples of these. She noted that even the Obama State Department had had concerns.

It seemed obvious after watching Bondi’s 30-minute presentation that President Trump would have been remiss if he HADN’T expected Ukraine to take a look, whether Joe Biden might ultimately be the Democrat candidate for President or not.

In fact, after hearing what she had to say and seeing the evidence of personal monetary gain by the Bidens, I don’t know why Hunter Biden is even useful as a witness in this forum. (Are you listening, Mr. Romney?) We have what we need. As I’ve said, Hunter would likely just take the Fifth; what good would that be, especially if it opened the door to a parade of witnesses put on by House managers just to stall the inevitable? If the Democrats offer such a deal --- “we get Bolton, you get Biden” –- Trump’s attorneys should turn it down.

The uproar over one passage in Bolton’s book manuscript concerning funds for Ukraine being contingent upon investigating the Bidens is based, at least so far, on very little. It turns out that no one who has “revealed” anything about the manuscript has even seen it. That’s right, even THE NEW YORK TIMES didn’t actually see it and doesn’t know exactly how it was worded. A “source” told them about it. In other words, this is just more hearsay. As the WALL STREET JOURNAL points out, Bolton doesn’t have to testify to clarify this, but simply make a public statement or write an op-ed for, say, the WALL STREET JOURNAL.

Anyway, Bondi did a stellar job of exposing the seriousness of the Biden issue. “All we are saying is that there was a basis to talk about this, to raise this issue, and that is enough,” she concluded.

Harvard legal professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz turned exceedingly professorial, presenting a primer on what the founders meant by “high crimes and misdemeanors” and their rationale for that (as if House managers care). He explained that if Congress starts finding reasons to impeach Presidents they don’t like, we’ll have, in effect, a parliamentary system, not the balance of powers we have (as if House managers care). He quoted widely, including from Alexander Hamilton, who warned in Federalist #65 that “the greatest danger is that the decision will be regulated more by the comparative strength of parties than by the real demonstrations of innocence or guilt.” No kidding.

Dershowitz furiously called out Democrats, notably Maxine Waters for saying, “Impeachment is whatever Congress says it is. There is no law.” (Yes, she actually said that.) He offered this gem: “For Congress to ignore the specific words of the Constitution itself and substitute its own judgments would be for Congress to do what it is accusing the President of doing.” Amen.

He explained how difficult it is to separate a leader’s political gain with what’s good for the country. Obviously, what’s good for the country will seem self-serving, he said, as it’s bound to benefit the leader politically. He ripped into the managers for trying to look into “the real reason” Trump has done something, the reason “actually in his mind.” It was a stellar moment: “Would you want YOUR actions to be probed for what was ‘the REAL REASON’ why you acted?” The framers couldn’t have intended this ‘psychoanalytic’ approach to presidential motives to determine what is impeachable and what is not, he said.

Dershowitz also brought up the “shoe on the other foot” test for objectivity, which, coincidentally, my staff and I always like to use, to make sure we apply equal standards to everyone. And regarding that, he definitely practices what he preaches. He took great pains to clarify: he votes Democrat, he voted for Hillary, and he disagrees with Trump on many issues. STILL, what Trump has been accused of does not rise to the level of impeachment, he said, not anywhere near. That holds true even on the off-off-chance that there’s anything to the latest NYT story. “Even if a President, any President, were to demand a quid pro quo as a condition to sending aid to a foreign country --- obviously a highly disputed matter, in this case --- that would not in itself constitute an abuse of power,” he said.

For that, he used the “shoe on the other foot” test: Suppose a Democrat President tells Netanyahu that foreign aid authorized by Congress won’t be sent, or an Oval Office meeting scheduled, unless the Israelis stop building settlements. An obvious quid pro quo. “I might disapprove on policy grounds,” he said, “but it would not constitute an abuse of power.” This is how Presidents have always used their power.

Speaking of the “shoe on the other foot” test, my favorite moment of the day may have been Trump attorney Eric Herschmann’s application of that principle. To illustrate the double standard, he DARED to compare President Trump with...wait for it...President Obama. Gasp! Herschmann had the nerve to show the clip of Obama’s March 26, 2012, “hot mic” moment with Russian President Medvedev on the eve of the nuclear security summit in Seoul, South Korea, in which he was caught leaning in close and saying, “This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.” Obama pats Medvedev on the arm, and they nod in mutual understanding. Medvedev replies, “I’ll transmit this information to Vladimir and I stand with you.”

Herschmann provided context for this stunning exchange and explained how it clearly meets the House managers’ standard for “abuse of power.” Can you even imagine the freak-out Democrats would have if Trump were overheard saying this? (Not that he ever would; this is hypothetical.) There would be riots in the streets --- funded by George Soros, of course --- and calls for the President to be hanged as a traitor and agent of Russia.

Ironically, people were so bored or put off by the House managers’ arguments last week that this week’s audience is relatively small. Too bad –- they’re missing history in the making. Trump’s defense is doing a magnificent job, and I could not be prouder to be on their side. After the Democrats’ embarrassing lies, distortions and name-calling, these attorneys showed themselves to be the adults in the room, the guys in the white hats. I’m not sure how Alan Dershowitz can still say he’s a Democrat after what his party did and continues to do, in the name of power, to the Constitution he loves, but that’s a question for another time.

 

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  • Harry Anderson

    01/28/2020 06:10 PM

    I want to make myself very clear and I do want not only to be heard but to be taken seriously. I want all the players brought to justice. All of them. Every corrupt congressperson, and senator. I have certainly grown weary of the Hillary, Biden, FBI, Bernie, Maxiene Waters, Obama, and every thieving, sneering politician, who has been brought to a position to thumb their nose at the American taxpayer who shoulders the penalty of putting these rotten thieves into office. Please term limits. Please forensic investigations must be conducted upon every member of the house and the senate. Thrash out these criminals! Sick of withering on the vine and seeing drunken sobs like Hillary rolling in millions of dollars from the Clinton machine which has sold out America and Americans. Enough already for these criminal who hold up the shield of our laws for us to find they don’t have to obey them, only we do. Disgusted with the whole rotten deal.

  • Barbara Stephens

    01/28/2020 06:00 PM

    Wonderful update, Mike! I am watching every single session of the Trump team's presentations, and I am beyond proud of them and of the truth they are presenting. It is still nice to see the review in your column. Thanks!

  • sharon Decker

    01/28/2020 05:29 PM

    Again the American people can see, that the Dem are crazy. I feel so bad for the family of our President. But he is a strong man. And I worry not for him. For God has his back.

    Pray everyday for him.

  • Carmine Fea

    01/28/2020 05:21 PM

    I agree, President Trump's defense team were outstanding. The presentation by Prof. Dershowitz on the Constitution and founders that made clear the two articles of impeachment brought by the House against President Trump are unacceptable as they do not meet the high crimes and misdemeanors the Constitution and founders demanded for impeachment. What stands out is that hypothetically if Bolton heard the President say aid to Ukraine is contingent upon investigation of corruption, including the possible corruption by Joe and Hunter Biden, IT WOULD NOT RISE TO HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS DEMANDED BY THE CONSTITUTION FOR IMPEACHMENT. This makes clear there is no reason for Bolton to testify, and it makes no sense for a republican senator to want Bolton to testify.

  • Ed Williar

    01/28/2020 05:08 PM

    100% agree, Governor! ??????

  • Paul Russ

    01/28/2020 04:54 PM

    Gov. Huckabee:

    What is your take on the Republican response to Bolton, especially if Sen. Romney and others like Sen. Collins force witnesses?

    How does Sen. McConnell work this?

    Isn't it likely that Bolton would not hesitate speak whereas the Joe and Hunter Biden and any other Democrat witness would simply invoke the Fifth Amendment?. Presumably the that is still possible in an impeachment trial.

    Therefore, Republicans lose and Democrats win. The country is tortured over impeachment forever and Congress continues to get nothing done.

  • Bob Boynton

    01/28/2020 04:51 PM

    Isn't Dershwitz (he) a Liberaterian? Yes, they all (Jay's team) did a stellar job especially Philbon

  • Carla Renick

    01/28/2020 04:46 PM

    Haven't been able to watch all the impeachment coverage as I am traveling and visiting friends, but really enjoy your updates and watch when I can. Our lawyers are doing a great job. The Democrats have nothing and are making fools of themselves in my opinion. God Bless America and God Bless President Trump.

  • Ronald Besse

    01/28/2020 04:43 PM

    Not that I already don't have disdain for CNN, this is another reason. This morning waiting for the trial to resume Fox was showing the President and BiBi discussing another attempt at peace with the Palestinians. The one thing I heard the President say was in effect this might be the last chance for Palestine. Meanwhile at CNN they were (a panel of five) were discussing the fallout from NPR being kicked off the bus and not allowed to follow the Secretary of State on his next Travel. I'm not the smartest 'deplorable in the basket' but I think I know what is important news and it is not some little twit violating 'off the record' after a interview. But that's just me.

  • judith v slen

    01/28/2020 04:20 PM

    I thought they shone very bright as well. Only because of God's grace...I hope no one forgets that part...God's Grace is EVERYTHING

  • Patricia A. Pacini

    01/28/2020 03:58 PM

    Yes, I think the Presidents legal team is doing a GREAT JOB of proving that the Democrat's Case for Impeachment is falling down like Dominoes! I just wish that these Democrats would be held accountable for all the money spent and wasted time they put everyone through. Mike, do you think this will be a possibility? They should lose their jobs and all go to jail for doing this unlawfully and should not get away with it. I hope they at least will all become humiliated by what they have done!

  • Keep on the Pressure

    01/28/2020 03:53 PM

    Pam Bondi and Alan D are killing it. Either one of them needs to explain how it's not the job of the President to prove their case. Like ANY trial in America, the moving party has the burden of proof and that means witness testimony already in evidence.

    Pelosi and crew have a history of not providing all the information or using hypotheticals instead of evidence when wanting the media to help them out (the illegal wiretapping warrants issued). THIS is an abuse of power and NOT how our trial system works. Would any american want this to happen to them? What prevents it if our legislative body doesn't follow the rules they created? Outrageous!

  • Jeanne Weller

    01/28/2020 03:44 PM

    Thank you, Mike Huckabee for sharing what IS going on ... instead of having to be parked in front of a tv for HOURS on end, being disgusted at all the lies and jargon! I appreciate you and your candor, God bless you for standing with Pres. Trump (AND with Israel)

  • Rick Holcomb

    01/28/2020 03:40 PM

    I watched the President's team, all 3 days as they defended him. I did not watch any of the House managers presentations. I thought the President's team gave a respectful, dignified, easy to understand, presentation. I will vote for President Trump to keep up the good work, and I hope and pray that the deal he announced today, will actually work to bring peace, for Israel, and the rest of the region.

  • Thomas W. Price

    01/28/2020 03:37 PM

    What's wrong with a Quid pro quo?
    God set precedent,He said " if you turn from your wicked ways,I will" ," if you repent,I will", " if you confess and repent,I will", you get the idea! Come to think of it the Democrats have already impeached God!
    Good luck with removal!

  • Kathryn L. Nutefall

    01/28/2020 03:22 PM

    I agree with you Governor Mike Huckabee! President Trump's defensive team is doing a fantastic job! My Husband and I watched all of the coverage on FOX News on Saturday and Monday. We watched little of the democrats last week - we did see parts on the news. We want to watch most, if not all, of this coverage. Alan Dershowitz was spot on and we learned so much! President Trump's lawyers should refuse to call witnesses and call for this farce to come to an end. With Nancy Pelosi not following the rules to hold a vote in Congress, there really is no impeachment. End of story!! Thank you Sir for your great coverage, and though this may be my first comment, I read your posts regularly and am always in agreement with you!
    God Bless,
    Kathryn

  • Alan Doud

    01/28/2020 03:17 PM

    The first dialogue I have heard reported about this trial that held any significant sense. It will be interesting to see how the opposition tries to counter this argument. Especially since they don't have anything concrete enough to support their accusations. I am impressed with Trumps attorneys for their skill in bringing the truth to the surface. There will probably still be haters that ignore facts and just want trumps destroyed.

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    01/28/2020 03:17 PM

    So... can we back in time and accuse Osama Obama of the same thing with different charges, as well as Joe " I did it and you can't touch me now" Biden?

  • Linda Rhodes

    01/28/2020 03:16 PM

    Defense team SHINES !
    Puts House Managers and House Impeachment debacle to shame.
    2020 Redo of 2016 coming.

  • Claudia Bell

    01/28/2020 03:09 PM

    Thank you for the update! The defense’s argument makes so much sense.

  • Cheryl Lindsey

    01/28/2020 03:08 PM

    I listened to most of the oral arguments by the attorneys from the WhiteHouse team. The ones that I heard were excellent but the one that stood out for me was Jay Sekulow this afternoon when he framed the issue so beautifully which is this. Does the Constitution allow for impeachment of a President solely because the opposing party disagrees with
    the Commander in Chief’s policies. If the answer is yes, then every President from now into the future will and “Must” be impeached by the opposing party because the standard will have been set so low by this impeachment trial. Are you ready for that?

    As far as John Bolton testifying, there is an old saying; “why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?” No need to spend $30.00 on John Bolton’s book when the blockbuster story will be aired on national tv.

  • David E Anderson

    01/28/2020 03:07 PM

    I must take exception to the praise that the President and others are heaping on his defense team for their performance at the impeachment trial. Those men are all professional attorneys whose normal audience is a jury whose hearts they are attempting to win to let a potentially guilty man off. However, as the one effective attorney, XXXX, said "no crime has been committed", so the defense should take about three minutes. Each atrorney should make a small number of discrete declarative statements and then sit down. The verbose presentations only raises doubts about the innocence of the clients. I think that style not only prolongs the hearings, but makes some people wonder why they are going to such lengths if he is guilty of nothing.

  • Shirley M Ostenson

    01/28/2020 03:05 PM

    I was glued to the TV - the President's Defense was brilliant. Ken Starr deserves better reviews than he got.

  • Jerry Korba

    01/28/2020 03:00 PM

    Mike I got to listen for a little time Jay S. read the facts the people on the Left if they had decency they should have been looking for a trap door to slither down. We have shared the same facts Jay S. said and it is not hearsay he talked with facts, showed proof of what he was saying and showed the Left what Honesty and Intelligence looks like. Disregard for taxpayer money is indefensible to start with Pelosi makes the Shifter and Nadler make a mockery of the House. Congress and Senate members bribe countries for kickbacks to get aid our country gives them holds them hostage like Biden did and when they get caught they impeach the President for cleaning up bribery in the purest form. I have looked at the two sides the Left makes no factual case the Right proves the case with facts. The country Ukraine got all that was promised and more. Mike, Romney will never change he will always be a coward the Wizard of Oz can not fix him his DNA probably comes from a long list of backshooters expect nothing more from him the country prays he has not reproduced more backshooters it may be too late for snip snip for this coward it may have brought more to life.

  • Barbara Brace

    01/28/2020 02:39 PM

    You always sign off gratefully. I am the one who is grateful for you, your observations and bringing a level head to our world and with humor. God bless you, keep you. We need you.