“I was presuming.”

With those three little words, American Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland destroyed the case he'd made for impeaching the President in his dramatic 45-minute (!) prepared statement in Wednesday’s “inquiry” hearing. That statement contained the allegations Democrats were desperately seeking –- but one has to wonder if he even wrote it. (His four attorneys all happen to be Democratic donors; Robert Luskin, who sat next to him Wednesday, has donated over $130,000 to Democrats and recently represented FBI informant STEFAN HALPER ding ding ding. ) Sondland accused both Trump and Rudy Giuliani of quid pro quo, but then was quickly taken apart under the masterful questioning of Intel Committee member Michael Turner.

Of course, watching these hearings is, in general, about as enjoyable as sitting in a fire ant bed wearing burlap underwear and eating month-old sushi. But on Wednesday, there were some magnificent moments.

First, Turner made the point that Sondland’s statement had caused Schiff to run out during a break and give a press conference saying he had justification for impeaching the President of the United States. This had led to CNN putting up the banner headline: “Sondland Ties Trump to Withholding Aid.” Turner then asked, “Is that your testimony today, Mr. Sondland...?”

“I’ve said repeatedly, Congressman, I WAS PRESUMING,” Sondland said.

What??  You see, that’s what this whole case is based on --- presumptions.

Turner continued. “...Nobody else on this planet told you that Donald Trump was tying aid to these investigations. Is that correct?”

He repeated the question and added, “’Cause if yous answer’s yes, then the chairman’s wrong and the headline on CNN is wrong. No one on this planet told you that President Trump was tying aid to investigations, yes or no?”

“Yes.”

“So, you really have no testimony today that ties President Trump to a scheme to withhold aid from Ukraine in exchange for these investigations.”

“OTHER THAN MY OWN PRESUMPTION.”  (Emphasis mine.)

“Which is nothing...”

Well, how do you like that? Sondland’s statement is merely what he “presumed” happened. Under cross-examination, though, it was also established that the only direct conversation he’d had with Trump about this issue could not have been more different, or more clear. It went like this:

Sondland to Trump: “So, what do you want from Ukraine?”

Trump: “I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo. I want Zelensky to do the right thing. I want him to do what he ran on.”

How does someone hear this from Trump and decide he DOES want a quid pro quo? I guess the same way that Democrats can hear Sondham's testimony now and still cry for impeachment.

On the other hand, he’s made it easy for them to remain deluded by conveniently leaving this out of his exhaustive statement, which ran 23 pages. Imagine: the most important thing he could possibly say, about the one direct conversation he had with Trump about this, he chose not to include. When asked about this, he actually said he couldn’t fit it in –- didn’t have room. This excuse was so preposterous, even Sondland smirked and suppressed a laugh when confronted with it by Jordan.

But something else also came out in testimony: Since he first testified behind closed doors, Sondland, his family and his business have been victimized by threats, boycotts and bullying protesters. Lindsay Graham theorizes he might have tailored his statement to “get the monkey off his back.” The bullying allegedly has been encouraged by Democratic Congressman Earl Blumenauer. Here are the atrocious details of what sure looks like witness tampering.

https://www.wweek.com/news/2019/11/20/congressman-earl-blumenauer-tweets-gordon-sondland-welcome-to-the-resistance/

Jordan's questioning established that Ukraine did nothing to get the military aid, which was held up for a few weeks but delivered well before the end-of-September deadline, with no preconditions. Likewise, President Zelensky got to visit with Trump in person, with no preconditions.

Jordan: “When the chairman asked you about the security assistance dollars, you said there needed to be a public announcement from Zelensky, so I’m asking you a simple question: When did that happen?”

Sondland: “Never did.”

Jordan: “Never did. They got the call, July 25. They got the meeting, not in the White House but in New York on September 25. They got the money on September 11. When did the meeting happen again?”

Sondland: “Never did.”

Jordan: “You don’t know who was in the meeting?”

Sondland: (pause) “Which meeting are you referring to?”

Jordan: “The meeting that never happened. (Sondland laughs heartily.) You know how Zelensky announced it? Did he tweet it, did he do a press statement, did he do a press conference? You know how that happened? I mean, you got all three of them wrong. They get the call, they get the meeting, they get the money...” 

We’ve also learned through testimony that this type of aid is frequently delayed, for a variety of reasons. Happens all the time.

But, like everything else, it’s wrong when it happens under Trump. Things that occur all the time under other Presidents are unacceptable if they involve this one, because, as Nancy Pelosi says, “he’s an imposter.” Hard-core Democrats and those stuck in airports where all they have is CNN will still say the President committed bribery (!) and should be impeached, along with Mike Pence, because, well, he’s involved somehow. Sadly, people watching mainstream media are almost guaranteed NOT to see the exchanges I’ve outlined above --- exchanges that in a court of law would likely lead a judge to rule for a summary judgment (dismissal of charges) and send everybody home.

Rep. Turner made an appearance on Wednesday’s HANNITY show, where he pointed out that in the giant game of “gossip” that was being played among the diplomatic corps, all roads led to Sondland. The previous testimony we’ve heard was based on hearsay that appears to have come from him. As Gregg Jarrett has pointed out, “George Kent...said he believed there was a quid pro quo because he heard it from Taylor, who heard it from Morrison, who heard it from Ambassador Sondland.” 

In other words, it all started with a “presumption.”

Trump knows he did nothing wrong and will likely wear the “impeachment” (think they won’t do it?) as a badge of honor, knowing it’s the price he’s paid for exposing wrongdoing and draining the swamp. I believe that when this case gets to the Senate, Democrats are going to deeply, deeply regret giving in to impeachment fever. They have to know that when Senate Republicans call their own witnesses, they'll finally show what really went on in Ukraine.

Now that will be some magnificent TV –- not that most media will run it. Watching THOSE hearings will be like listening to the best of The Beatles while sitting in a comfy lounger, looking out at the ocean on a perfect day while eating delicious but calorie-free chicken-fried steak. 

John Solomon, who should win a Pulitzer but won’t, is very happy about what he’s already seen in the testimony on Ukraine, as it validates the reporting he’s been doing all along on that subject –- and that includes the REAL bribery involving the Bidens. John, if you feel vindicated now, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

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  • Steve Strickland

    11/21/2019 11:49 AM

    Why is the impeachment panel composed of 12 damocrats and only 8 Republicans, why not 50/50? I understand the chair being speaker appointed.

  • James Howard

    11/21/2019 11:41 AM

    Disappointed and frustrated with our (D) officials perpetuating this farce, but not surprised. When you find yourself in a deep hole, stop digging. Somehow I think they will just shovel harder. I do appreciate access to the "rest of the story" which main stream media has and will continue to ignore. The narrative is the story, regardless of the facts.

  • carol popp

    11/21/2019 11:40 AM

    Presumptions don't count in a court of law.... Not if your court is honest anyway. Honesty is not possible with the demoncrats....

  • Sharon Bolick

    11/21/2019 11:36 AM

    I’ve been watching the hearings this week—albeit not continuously, because it’s apt to drive me to destroying my televisions! Anyway, I commend our Republicans on their great questioning of the witnesses. I believe most Americans are sick of this constant badgering of our President! It’s deplorable (I’m a deplorable—so I can say this!)! Let our President do his job, and get him re-elected to really tick off the dems!
    Looking forward to the IG’s report December 9th!
    Sharon Bolick

  • James Evart

    11/21/2019 11:35 AM

    The TRUTH is like a bolder buried in the sand. Its always there, won't be moved, doesn't change, even when covered with the paint of lies which wears off with time and those who speak it have a peace, strength and boldness that is resourced only by a sense of right that goes deeper than anything physically tangible that this earthly existence can offer.
    Those who traffic in the paint of the lies they use to cover the truth, rely the immediacy of the impact of those lies without giving thought to the personal devastation to themselves and others because they live only for what is seen and not for what will be remembered by eternity.
    Call it what you will, the brashness and arrogance of folly resides in the hearts of fools who have not the wisdom or good sense to accept that all actions are eternally remembered as are the motives and intent of the lives of those who live for the TRUTH.
    To those who understand this, live on; to those who do not, may God have mercy on your souls.

  • Kenneth Joyce

    11/21/2019 11:35 AM

    Governor Huckabee: As I watch this sham impeachment inquiry proceed, I am amazed at the arrogance and pompous behavior of the US State Department employees to the cheers from the many MSM Bozos that have the temerity to call themselves Journalists ( an extinct Breed). The real scandal is that we have thousands of homeless fellow Americans living on the streets while these clowns insist that we send $1.6 billion to corrupt criminals in Ukraine. Unfortunately, we also have a number of well connected American Pigs feasting at the trough as well. Silence ! from MSM.

  • Jan Phillips

    11/21/2019 11:25 AM

    It is a circus and waste of time. I saw an email where Ruth Bader Ginsburg may be retiring and now wonder if this impeachment circus was to get Trump out of the WH before he could get another conservative justice confirmed.

  • Sammi Lehmann

    11/21/2019 11:19 AM

    Sondland and others testified that he took call from the President in an open area in a public restaurant, on an unsecured phone, and held the phone away from his ear [others could hear]...I see three infractions for someone who has a security clearance to have it revoked! Even if nothing "confidential" [or was it?] discussed, he was talking with the President of the United States!

  • Linda Orf

    11/21/2019 11:10 AM

    Too bad only viewers, listeners and readers of fair and balanced coverage will ever know because the main stream media is saying Sondman was a bomb shell for quid pro quo admission!

  • Toni DeFronzo

    11/21/2019 11:08 AM

    Only you could make a great read out of this dreadful comedy of errors!

    Democrats have truly hit rock bottom.

  • rhonda Samuels

    11/21/2019 11:02 AM

    I've been listening to the impeachment hearings. Today,Thursday, 11.21.19, seems to be the most concerning for Trump. Dr. Hill and Holmes seem to be most credible.

    Why can Trump not keep his mouth and tweets to himself. He is his own worst enemy. Such a HUGE ego and no self control in his nasty comments about others.

  • Frank Reedy

    11/21/2019 11:01 AM

    Hi Mike, As an 83 year old I have seen many POTUS's come and go. My older sister lives in Fairfax VA and her deceased husband was in the Army for 20 years
    and the Secret service for another 20. He actually was a driver for Nixon's kids.
    On our many trips to DC, Fairfax I was always uncomfortable being there. It is just a feeling hard to explain. When i reflect on that it just might be the aura or
    the stench from the deep state I was experiencing. Keep up the great work.

  • Ed Thompson

    11/21/2019 11:00 AM

    Sitting here watching the latest comedy produced by the Democraps in Washington DC , and all I can say is ,God ,please don’t let people believe this fictional broadcast against one of the best Presidents we have ever had in recent times. A man who has worked tirelessly FOR EVERYONE in AMERICA, this man who is working to make America as great as it ever was and better than ever for its citizens and generations to come.How many ways can you spell sham? How many ways can you spell desperation? How many ways can you spell hypocrites? God PLEASE save us all from these people.

  • Nancy Roberto

    11/21/2019 10:57 AM

    I can't tell you how eagerly I look forward to your daily newsletters! In this arena of radical left and right op-eds, your newsletters spell out the actual doings of the above--verified and supported by relevant links. Thank you for a voice of sanity amidst the hate and rumor-flinging of the media.

  • Robert Allen Roesing

    11/21/2019 10:56 AM

    we the "People" think shifty Shiff should be "hung for treason" asap

  • Sherrel L Morelan

    11/21/2019 10:51 AM

    What do you think the Democrats will accuse Trump of next, now that there is no quid pro quo, extortion or bribery? Also, why don't Californians wise up and vote Schiff and Pelosi out. Haven't the democrats done enough to ruin California already.

  • Linda Dixon

    11/21/2019 10:51 AM

    Governor I am so grateful for your daily update as the news media makes me sick. Thank you for taking your precious time to draft and send the updates to us!!

  • Susan Klinefelter

    11/21/2019 10:48 AM

    This impeachment charade is so ridiculous that it’s making fools of the American people! Why can’t it be stopped???

  • Valerie Tarantolo

    11/21/2019 10:39 AM

    Are the Dems./Socialists and media so stupid they don’t know what “Presumed “ means?? These fools are making America and its people to look like ignorant lying vicious cretins

  • Tara Pop

    11/21/2019 10:36 AM

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  • Bernard G Sunde

    11/21/2019 10:36 AM

    First I would like to say I am a born again Christian too!! I think this whole thing is a big sham! I would like to ask you a question, you have been in politics for a long time,thank you for all you have done! Why are there so many lawyers involved in everything? I don’t understand why all of the politicians are constantly asking for money! Aren’t we paying the people we elected to do there job and not a bunch of lawyers!! It just doesn’t seem right to me!

  • April

    11/21/2019 10:33 AM

    So the question remains. How can the media—calling themselves “News” continue to spew the lies and misinformation to Americans? Cronkite was a liberal but I can’t even imagine him doing this—out and out lying. Can they be labeled fantasy fiction rather than real news? Know that God is ultimately in charge.

  • Oscar Williams

    11/21/2019 10:31 AM

    All who want to impeach The President for "quid-pro-bribery" (or whatever) in his telephone call with President Zelinsky, might look up U.S. Treaty: Ukraine 12978 and read specifically Article 1.

  • Jerry Korba

    11/21/2019 10:28 AM

    I am an old guy that happens to be Conservative when being an American living life here in the United States I enjoy the Freedoms I cannot imagine having an imbecile like Adam Shitiff in charge of anything that should be Honest and without corruption. It has happened thru a loophole found in the Constitution Shitiff and people like him show a need to close that hole. Why does the Left want a country like the Ukraine with history of immense Corruption to continue with its ways of governing and still be a partner of the United States? My answer is that the Left mirror's the same concept as the past Ukranian Government; Time to rid the Left's concept of Government it is destructive to Free America that is the role of the Left IS, to destroy American Freedoms. The Left wants to be like the old Ukraine. You can see the comparisons.

  • Victor Van Tress

    11/21/2019 10:19 AM

    There was a meme that showed the President and William Barr (who was smiling broadly). The caption read "They took the Bait"

“I was presuming.”

With those three little words, American Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland destroyed the case he'd made for impeaching the President in his dramatic 45-minute (!) prepared statement in Wednesday’s “inquiry” hearing. That statement contained the allegations Democrats were desperately seeking –- but one has to wonder if he even wrote it. (His four attorneys all happen to be Democratic donors; Robert Luskin, who sat next to him Wednesday, has donated over $130,000 to Democrats and recently represented FBI informant STEFAN HALPER ding ding ding. ) Sondland accused both Trump and Rudy Giuliani of quid pro quo, but then was quickly taken apart under the masterful questioning of Intel Committee member Michael Turner.

Of course, watching these hearings is, in general, about as enjoyable as sitting in a fire ant bed wearing burlap underwear and eating month-old sushi. But on Wednesday, there were some magnificent moments.

First, Turner made the point that Sondland’s statement had caused Schiff to run out during a break and give a press conference saying he had justification for impeaching the President of the United States. This had led to CNN putting up the banner headline: “Sondland Ties Trump to Withholding Aid.” Turner then asked, “Is that your testimony today, Mr. Sondland...?”

“I’ve said repeatedly, Congressman, I WAS PRESUMING,” Sondland said.

What??  You see, that’s what this whole case is based on --- presumptions.

Turner continued. “...Nobody else on this planet told you that Donald Trump was tying aid to these investigations. Is that correct?”

He repeated the question and added, “’Cause if yous answer’s yes, then the chairman’s wrong and the headline on CNN is wrong. No one on this planet told you that President Trump was tying aid to investigations, yes or no?”

“Yes.”

“So, you really have no testimony today that ties President Trump to a scheme to withhold aid from Ukraine in exchange for these investigations.”

“OTHER THAN MY OWN PRESUMPTION.”  (Emphasis mine.)

“Which is nothing...”

Well, how do you like that? Sondland’s statement is merely what he “presumed” happened. Under cross-examination, though, it was also established that the only direct conversation he’d had with Trump about this issue could not have been more different, or more clear. It went like this:

Sondland to Trump: “So, what do you want from Ukraine?”

Trump: “I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo. I want Zelensky to do the right thing. I want him to do what he ran on.”

How does someone hear this from Trump and decide he DOES want a quid pro quo? I guess the same way that Democrats can hear Sondham's testimony now and still cry for impeachment.

On the other hand, he’s made it easy for them to remain deluded by conveniently leaving this out of his exhaustive statement, which ran 23 pages. Imagine: the most important thing he could possibly say, about the one direct conversation he had with Trump about this, he chose not to include. When asked about this, he actually said he couldn’t fit it in –- didn’t have room. This excuse was so preposterous, even Sondland smirked and suppressed a laugh when confronted with it by Jordan.

But something else also came out in testimony: Since he first testified behind closed doors, Sondland, his family and his business have been victimized by threats, boycotts and bullying protesters. Lindsay Graham theorizes he might have tailored his statement to “get the monkey off his back.” The bullying allegedly has been encouraged by Democratic Congressman Earl Blumenauer. Here are the atrocious details of what sure looks like witness tampering.

https://www.wweek.com/news/2019/11/20/congressman-earl-blumenauer-tweets-gordon-sondland-welcome-to-the-resistance/

Jordan's questioning established that Ukraine did nothing to get the military aid, which was held up for a few weeks but delivered well before the end-of-September deadline, with no preconditions. Likewise, President Zelensky got to visit with Trump in person, with no preconditions.

Jordan: “When the chairman asked you about the security assistance dollars, you said there needed to be a public announcement from Zelensky, so I’m asking you a simple question: When did that happen?”

Sondland: “Never did.”

Jordan: “Never did. They got the call, July 25. They got the meeting, not in the White House but in New York on September 25. They got the money on September 11. When did the meeting happen again?”

Sondland: “Never did.”

Jordan: “You don’t know who was in the meeting?”

Sondland: (pause) “Which meeting are you referring to?”

Jordan: “The meeting that never happened. (Sondland laughs heartily.) You know how Zelensky announced it? Did he tweet it, did he do a press statement, did he do a press conference? You know how that happened? I mean, you got all three of them wrong. They get the call, they get the meeting, they get the money...” 

We’ve also learned through testimony that this type of aid is frequently delayed, for a variety of reasons. Happens all the time.

But, like everything else, it’s wrong when it happens under Trump. Things that occur all the time under other Presidents are unacceptable if they involve this one, because, as Nancy Pelosi says, “he’s an imposter.” Hard-core Democrats and those stuck in airports where all they have is CNN will still say the President committed bribery (!) and should be impeached, along with Mike Pence, because, well, he’s involved somehow. Sadly, people watching mainstream media are almost guaranteed NOT to see the exchanges I’ve outlined above --- exchanges that in a court of law would likely lead a judge to rule for a summary judgment (dismissal of charges) and send everybody home.

Rep. Turner made an appearance on Wednesday’s HANNITY show, where he pointed out that in the giant game of “gossip” that was being played among the diplomatic corps, all roads led to Sondland. The previous testimony we’ve heard was based on hearsay that appears to have come from him. As Gregg Jarrett has pointed out, “George Kent...said he believed there was a quid pro quo because he heard it from Taylor, who heard it from Morrison, who heard it from Ambassador Sondland.” 

In other words, it all started with a “presumption.”

Trump knows he did nothing wrong and will likely wear the “impeachment” (think they won’t do it?) as a badge of honor, knowing it’s the price he’s paid for exposing wrongdoing and draining the swamp. I believe that when this case gets to the Senate, Democrats are going to deeply, deeply regret giving in to impeachment fever. They have to know that when Senate Republicans call their own witnesses, they'll finally show what really went on in Ukraine.

Now that will be some magnificent TV –- not that most media will run it. Watching THOSE hearings will be like listening to the best of The Beatles while sitting in a comfy lounger, looking out at the ocean on a perfect day while eating delicious but calorie-free chicken-fried steak. 

John Solomon, who should win a Pulitzer but won’t, is very happy about what he’s already seen in the testimony on Ukraine, as it validates the reporting he’s been doing all along on that subject –- and that includes the REAL bribery involving the Bidens. John, if you feel vindicated now, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

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  • Steve Strickland

    11/21/2019 11:49 AM

    Why is the impeachment panel composed of 12 damocrats and only 8 Republicans, why not 50/50? I understand the chair being speaker appointed.

  • James Howard

    11/21/2019 11:41 AM

    Disappointed and frustrated with our (D) officials perpetuating this farce, but not surprised. When you find yourself in a deep hole, stop digging. Somehow I think they will just shovel harder. I do appreciate access to the "rest of the story" which main stream media has and will continue to ignore. The narrative is the story, regardless of the facts.

  • carol popp

    11/21/2019 11:40 AM

    Presumptions don't count in a court of law.... Not if your court is honest anyway. Honesty is not possible with the demoncrats....

  • Sharon Bolick

    11/21/2019 11:36 AM

    I’ve been watching the hearings this week—albeit not continuously, because it’s apt to drive me to destroying my televisions! Anyway, I commend our Republicans on their great questioning of the witnesses. I believe most Americans are sick of this constant badgering of our President! It’s deplorable (I’m a deplorable—so I can say this!)! Let our President do his job, and get him re-elected to really tick off the dems!
    Looking forward to the IG’s report December 9th!
    Sharon Bolick

  • James Evart

    11/21/2019 11:35 AM

    The TRUTH is like a bolder buried in the sand. Its always there, won't be moved, doesn't change, even when covered with the paint of lies which wears off with time and those who speak it have a peace, strength and boldness that is resourced only by a sense of right that goes deeper than anything physically tangible that this earthly existence can offer.
    Those who traffic in the paint of the lies they use to cover the truth, rely the immediacy of the impact of those lies without giving thought to the personal devastation to themselves and others because they live only for what is seen and not for what will be remembered by eternity.
    Call it what you will, the brashness and arrogance of folly resides in the hearts of fools who have not the wisdom or good sense to accept that all actions are eternally remembered as are the motives and intent of the lives of those who live for the TRUTH.
    To those who understand this, live on; to those who do not, may God have mercy on your souls.

  • Kenneth Joyce

    11/21/2019 11:35 AM

    Governor Huckabee: As I watch this sham impeachment inquiry proceed, I am amazed at the arrogance and pompous behavior of the US State Department employees to the cheers from the many MSM Bozos that have the temerity to call themselves Journalists ( an extinct Breed). The real scandal is that we have thousands of homeless fellow Americans living on the streets while these clowns insist that we send $1.6 billion to corrupt criminals in Ukraine. Unfortunately, we also have a number of well connected American Pigs feasting at the trough as well. Silence ! from MSM.

  • Jan Phillips

    11/21/2019 11:25 AM

    It is a circus and waste of time. I saw an email where Ruth Bader Ginsburg may be retiring and now wonder if this impeachment circus was to get Trump out of the WH before he could get another conservative justice confirmed.

  • Sammi Lehmann

    11/21/2019 11:19 AM

    Sondland and others testified that he took call from the President in an open area in a public restaurant, on an unsecured phone, and held the phone away from his ear [others could hear]...I see three infractions for someone who has a security clearance to have it revoked! Even if nothing "confidential" [or was it?] discussed, he was talking with the President of the United States!

  • Linda Orf

    11/21/2019 11:10 AM

    Too bad only viewers, listeners and readers of fair and balanced coverage will ever know because the main stream media is saying Sondman was a bomb shell for quid pro quo admission!

  • Toni DeFronzo

    11/21/2019 11:08 AM

    Only you could make a great read out of this dreadful comedy of errors!

    Democrats have truly hit rock bottom.

  • rhonda Samuels

    11/21/2019 11:02 AM

    I've been listening to the impeachment hearings. Today,Thursday, 11.21.19, seems to be the most concerning for Trump. Dr. Hill and Holmes seem to be most credible.

    Why can Trump not keep his mouth and tweets to himself. He is his own worst enemy. Such a HUGE ego and no self control in his nasty comments about others.

  • Frank Reedy

    11/21/2019 11:01 AM

    Hi Mike, As an 83 year old I have seen many POTUS's come and go. My older sister lives in Fairfax VA and her deceased husband was in the Army for 20 years
    and the Secret service for another 20. He actually was a driver for Nixon's kids.
    On our many trips to DC, Fairfax I was always uncomfortable being there. It is just a feeling hard to explain. When i reflect on that it just might be the aura or
    the stench from the deep state I was experiencing. Keep up the great work.

  • Ed Thompson

    11/21/2019 11:00 AM

    Sitting here watching the latest comedy produced by the Democraps in Washington DC , and all I can say is ,God ,please don’t let people believe this fictional broadcast against one of the best Presidents we have ever had in recent times. A man who has worked tirelessly FOR EVERYONE in AMERICA, this man who is working to make America as great as it ever was and better than ever for its citizens and generations to come.How many ways can you spell sham? How many ways can you spell desperation? How many ways can you spell hypocrites? God PLEASE save us all from these people.

  • Nancy Roberto

    11/21/2019 10:57 AM

    I can't tell you how eagerly I look forward to your daily newsletters! In this arena of radical left and right op-eds, your newsletters spell out the actual doings of the above--verified and supported by relevant links. Thank you for a voice of sanity amidst the hate and rumor-flinging of the media.

  • Robert Allen Roesing

    11/21/2019 10:56 AM

    we the "People" think shifty Shiff should be "hung for treason" asap

  • Sherrel L Morelan

    11/21/2019 10:51 AM

    What do you think the Democrats will accuse Trump of next, now that there is no quid pro quo, extortion or bribery? Also, why don't Californians wise up and vote Schiff and Pelosi out. Haven't the democrats done enough to ruin California already.

  • Linda Dixon

    11/21/2019 10:51 AM

    Governor I am so grateful for your daily update as the news media makes me sick. Thank you for taking your precious time to draft and send the updates to us!!

  • Susan Klinefelter

    11/21/2019 10:48 AM

    This impeachment charade is so ridiculous that it’s making fools of the American people! Why can’t it be stopped???

  • Valerie Tarantolo

    11/21/2019 10:39 AM

    Are the Dems./Socialists and media so stupid they don’t know what “Presumed “ means?? These fools are making America and its people to look like ignorant lying vicious cretins

  • Tara Pop

    11/21/2019 10:36 AM

    OMGoodness! After I shared this:
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  • Bernard G Sunde

    11/21/2019 10:36 AM

    First I would like to say I am a born again Christian too!! I think this whole thing is a big sham! I would like to ask you a question, you have been in politics for a long time,thank you for all you have done! Why are there so many lawyers involved in everything? I don’t understand why all of the politicians are constantly asking for money! Aren’t we paying the people we elected to do there job and not a bunch of lawyers!! It just doesn’t seem right to me!

  • April

    11/21/2019 10:33 AM

    So the question remains. How can the media—calling themselves “News” continue to spew the lies and misinformation to Americans? Cronkite was a liberal but I can’t even imagine him doing this—out and out lying. Can they be labeled fantasy fiction rather than real news? Know that God is ultimately in charge.

  • Oscar Williams

    11/21/2019 10:31 AM

    All who want to impeach The President for "quid-pro-bribery" (or whatever) in his telephone call with President Zelinsky, might look up U.S. Treaty: Ukraine 12978 and read specifically Article 1.

  • Jerry Korba

    11/21/2019 10:28 AM

    I am an old guy that happens to be Conservative when being an American living life here in the United States I enjoy the Freedoms I cannot imagine having an imbecile like Adam Shitiff in charge of anything that should be Honest and without corruption. It has happened thru a loophole found in the Constitution Shitiff and people like him show a need to close that hole. Why does the Left want a country like the Ukraine with history of immense Corruption to continue with its ways of governing and still be a partner of the United States? My answer is that the Left mirror's the same concept as the past Ukranian Government; Time to rid the Left's concept of Government it is destructive to Free America that is the role of the Left IS, to destroy American Freedoms. The Left wants to be like the old Ukraine. You can see the comparisons.

  • Victor Van Tress

    11/21/2019 10:19 AM

    There was a meme that showed the President and William Barr (who was smiling broadly). The caption read "They took the Bait"

“I was presuming.”

With those three little words, American Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland destroyed the case he'd made for impeaching the President in his dramatic 45-minute (!) prepared statement in Wednesday’s “inquiry” hearing. That statement contained the allegations Democrats were desperately seeking –- but one has to wonder if he even wrote it. (His four attorneys all happen to be Democratic donors; Robert Luskin, who sat next to him Wednesday, has donated over $130,000 to Democrats and recently represented FBI informant STEFAN HALPER ding ding ding. ) Sondland accused both Trump and Rudy Giuliani of quid pro quo, but then was quickly taken apart under the masterful questioning of Intel Committee member Michael Turner.

Of course, watching these hearings is, in general, about as enjoyable as sitting in a fire ant bed wearing burlap underwear and eating month-old sushi. But on Wednesday, there were some magnificent moments.

First, Turner made the point that Sondland’s statement had caused Schiff to run out during a break and give a press conference saying he had justification for impeaching the President of the United States. This had led to CNN putting up the banner headline: “Sondland Ties Trump to Withholding Aid.” Turner then asked, “Is that your testimony today, Mr. Sondland...?”

“I’ve said repeatedly, Congressman, I WAS PRESUMING,” Sondland said.

What??  You see, that’s what this whole case is based on --- presumptions.

Turner continued. “...Nobody else on this planet told you that Donald Trump was tying aid to these investigations. Is that correct?”

He repeated the question and added, “’Cause if yous answer’s yes, then the chairman’s wrong and the headline on CNN is wrong. No one on this planet told you that President Trump was tying aid to investigations, yes or no?”

“Yes.”

“So, you really have no testimony today that ties President Trump to a scheme to withhold aid from Ukraine in exchange for these investigations.”

“OTHER THAN MY OWN PRESUMPTION.”  (Emphasis mine.)

“Which is nothing...”

Well, how do you like that? Sondland’s statement is merely what he “presumed” happened. Under cross-examination, though, it was also established that the only direct conversation he’d had with Trump about this issue could not have been more different, or more clear. It went like this:

Sondland to Trump: “So, what do you want from Ukraine?”

Trump: “I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo. I want Zelensky to do the right thing. I want him to do what he ran on.”

How does someone hear this from Trump and decide he DOES want a quid pro quo? I guess the same way that Democrats can hear Sondham's testimony now and still cry for impeachment.

On the other hand, he’s made it easy for them to remain deluded by conveniently leaving this out of his exhaustive statement, which ran 23 pages. Imagine: the most important thing he could possibly say, about the one direct conversation he had with Trump about this, he chose not to include. When asked about this, he actually said he couldn’t fit it in –- didn’t have room. This excuse was so preposterous, even Sondland smirked and suppressed a laugh when confronted with it by Jordan.

But something else also came out in testimony: Since he first testified behind closed doors, Sondland, his family and his business have been victimized by threats, boycotts and bullying protesters. Lindsay Graham theorizes he might have tailored his statement to “get the monkey off his back.” The bullying allegedly has been encouraged by Democratic Congressman Earl Blumenauer. Here are the atrocious details of what sure looks like witness tampering.

https://www.wweek.com/news/2019/11/20/congressman-earl-blumenauer-tweets-gordon-sondland-welcome-to-the-resistance/

Jordan's questioning established that Ukraine did nothing to get the military aid, which was held up for a few weeks but delivered well before the end-of-September deadline, with no preconditions. Likewise, President Zelensky got to visit with Trump in person, with no preconditions.

Jordan: “When the chairman asked you about the security assistance dollars, you said there needed to be a public announcement from Zelensky, so I’m asking you a simple question: When did that happen?”

Sondland: “Never did.”

Jordan: “Never did. They got the call, July 25. They got the meeting, not in the White House but in New York on September 25. They got the money on September 11. When did the meeting happen again?”

Sondland: “Never did.”

Jordan: “You don’t know who was in the meeting?”

Sondland: (pause) “Which meeting are you referring to?”

Jordan: “The meeting that never happened. (Sondland laughs heartily.) You know how Zelensky announced it? Did he tweet it, did he do a press statement, did he do a press conference? You know how that happened? I mean, you got all three of them wrong. They get the call, they get the meeting, they get the money...” 

We’ve also learned through testimony that this type of aid is frequently delayed, for a variety of reasons. Happens all the time.

But, like everything else, it’s wrong when it happens under Trump. Things that occur all the time under other Presidents are unacceptable if they involve this one, because, as Nancy Pelosi says, “he’s an imposter.” Hard-core Democrats and those stuck in airports where all they have is CNN will still say the President committed bribery (!) and should be impeached, along with Mike Pence, because, well, he’s involved somehow. Sadly, people watching mainstream media are almost guaranteed NOT to see the exchanges I’ve outlined above --- exchanges that in a court of law would likely lead a judge to rule for a summary judgment (dismissal of charges) and send everybody home.

Rep. Turner made an appearance on Wednesday’s HANNITY show, where he pointed out that in the giant game of “gossip” that was being played among the diplomatic corps, all roads led to Sondland. The previous testimony we’ve heard was based on hearsay that appears to have come from him. As Gregg Jarrett has pointed out, “George Kent...said he believed there was a quid pro quo because he heard it from Taylor, who heard it from Morrison, who heard it from Ambassador Sondland.” 

In other words, it all started with a “presumption.”

Trump knows he did nothing wrong and will likely wear the “impeachment” (think they won’t do it?) as a badge of honor, knowing it’s the price he’s paid for exposing wrongdoing and draining the swamp. I believe that when this case gets to the Senate, Democrats are going to deeply, deeply regret giving in to impeachment fever. They have to know that when Senate Republicans call their own witnesses, they'll finally show what really went on in Ukraine.

Now that will be some magnificent TV –- not that most media will run it. Watching THOSE hearings will be like listening to the best of The Beatles while sitting in a comfy lounger, looking out at the ocean on a perfect day while eating delicious but calorie-free chicken-fried steak. 

John Solomon, who should win a Pulitzer but won’t, is very happy about what he’s already seen in the testimony on Ukraine, as it validates the reporting he’s been doing all along on that subject –- and that includes the REAL bribery involving the Bidens. John, if you feel vindicated now, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

Impeachment surprise: How Adam Schiff validated my reporting on Ukraine | John Solomon Reports

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  • Steve Strickland

    11/21/2019 11:49 AM

    Why is the impeachment panel composed of 12 damocrats and only 8 Republicans, why not 50/50? I understand the chair being speaker appointed.

  • James Howard

    11/21/2019 11:41 AM

    Disappointed and frustrated with our (D) officials perpetuating this farce, but not surprised. When you find yourself in a deep hole, stop digging. Somehow I think they will just shovel harder. I do appreciate access to the "rest of the story" which main stream media has and will continue to ignore. The narrative is the story, regardless of the facts.

  • carol popp

    11/21/2019 11:40 AM

    Presumptions don't count in a court of law.... Not if your court is honest anyway. Honesty is not possible with the demoncrats....

  • Sharon Bolick

    11/21/2019 11:36 AM

    I’ve been watching the hearings this week—albeit not continuously, because it’s apt to drive me to destroying my televisions! Anyway, I commend our Republicans on their great questioning of the witnesses. I believe most Americans are sick of this constant badgering of our President! It’s deplorable (I’m a deplorable—so I can say this!)! Let our President do his job, and get him re-elected to really tick off the dems!
    Looking forward to the IG’s report December 9th!
    Sharon Bolick

  • James Evart

    11/21/2019 11:35 AM

    The TRUTH is like a bolder buried in the sand. Its always there, won't be moved, doesn't change, even when covered with the paint of lies which wears off with time and those who speak it have a peace, strength and boldness that is resourced only by a sense of right that goes deeper than anything physically tangible that this earthly existence can offer.
    Those who traffic in the paint of the lies they use to cover the truth, rely the immediacy of the impact of those lies without giving thought to the personal devastation to themselves and others because they live only for what is seen and not for what will be remembered by eternity.
    Call it what you will, the brashness and arrogance of folly resides in the hearts of fools who have not the wisdom or good sense to accept that all actions are eternally remembered as are the motives and intent of the lives of those who live for the TRUTH.
    To those who understand this, live on; to those who do not, may God have mercy on your souls.

  • Kenneth Joyce

    11/21/2019 11:35 AM

    Governor Huckabee: As I watch this sham impeachment inquiry proceed, I am amazed at the arrogance and pompous behavior of the US State Department employees to the cheers from the many MSM Bozos that have the temerity to call themselves Journalists ( an extinct Breed). The real scandal is that we have thousands of homeless fellow Americans living on the streets while these clowns insist that we send $1.6 billion to corrupt criminals in Ukraine. Unfortunately, we also have a number of well connected American Pigs feasting at the trough as well. Silence ! from MSM.

  • Jan Phillips

    11/21/2019 11:25 AM

    It is a circus and waste of time. I saw an email where Ruth Bader Ginsburg may be retiring and now wonder if this impeachment circus was to get Trump out of the WH before he could get another conservative justice confirmed.

  • Sammi Lehmann

    11/21/2019 11:19 AM

    Sondland and others testified that he took call from the President in an open area in a public restaurant, on an unsecured phone, and held the phone away from his ear [others could hear]...I see three infractions for someone who has a security clearance to have it revoked! Even if nothing "confidential" [or was it?] discussed, he was talking with the President of the United States!

  • Linda Orf

    11/21/2019 11:10 AM

    Too bad only viewers, listeners and readers of fair and balanced coverage will ever know because the main stream media is saying Sondman was a bomb shell for quid pro quo admission!

  • Toni DeFronzo

    11/21/2019 11:08 AM

    Only you could make a great read out of this dreadful comedy of errors!

    Democrats have truly hit rock bottom.

  • rhonda Samuels

    11/21/2019 11:02 AM

    I've been listening to the impeachment hearings. Today,Thursday, 11.21.19, seems to be the most concerning for Trump. Dr. Hill and Holmes seem to be most credible.

    Why can Trump not keep his mouth and tweets to himself. He is his own worst enemy. Such a HUGE ego and no self control in his nasty comments about others.

  • Frank Reedy

    11/21/2019 11:01 AM

    Hi Mike, As an 83 year old I have seen many POTUS's come and go. My older sister lives in Fairfax VA and her deceased husband was in the Army for 20 years
    and the Secret service for another 20. He actually was a driver for Nixon's kids.
    On our many trips to DC, Fairfax I was always uncomfortable being there. It is just a feeling hard to explain. When i reflect on that it just might be the aura or
    the stench from the deep state I was experiencing. Keep up the great work.

  • Ed Thompson

    11/21/2019 11:00 AM

    Sitting here watching the latest comedy produced by the Democraps in Washington DC , and all I can say is ,God ,please don’t let people believe this fictional broadcast against one of the best Presidents we have ever had in recent times. A man who has worked tirelessly FOR EVERYONE in AMERICA, this man who is working to make America as great as it ever was and better than ever for its citizens and generations to come.How many ways can you spell sham? How many ways can you spell desperation? How many ways can you spell hypocrites? God PLEASE save us all from these people.

  • Nancy Roberto

    11/21/2019 10:57 AM

    I can't tell you how eagerly I look forward to your daily newsletters! In this arena of radical left and right op-eds, your newsletters spell out the actual doings of the above--verified and supported by relevant links. Thank you for a voice of sanity amidst the hate and rumor-flinging of the media.

  • Robert Allen Roesing

    11/21/2019 10:56 AM

    we the "People" think shifty Shiff should be "hung for treason" asap

  • Sherrel L Morelan

    11/21/2019 10:51 AM

    What do you think the Democrats will accuse Trump of next, now that there is no quid pro quo, extortion or bribery? Also, why don't Californians wise up and vote Schiff and Pelosi out. Haven't the democrats done enough to ruin California already.

  • Linda Dixon

    11/21/2019 10:51 AM

    Governor I am so grateful for your daily update as the news media makes me sick. Thank you for taking your precious time to draft and send the updates to us!!

  • Susan Klinefelter

    11/21/2019 10:48 AM

    This impeachment charade is so ridiculous that it’s making fools of the American people! Why can’t it be stopped???

  • Valerie Tarantolo

    11/21/2019 10:39 AM

    Are the Dems./Socialists and media so stupid they don’t know what “Presumed “ means?? These fools are making America and its people to look like ignorant lying vicious cretins

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    11/21/2019 10:36 AM

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  • Bernard G Sunde

    11/21/2019 10:36 AM

    First I would like to say I am a born again Christian too!! I think this whole thing is a big sham! I would like to ask you a question, you have been in politics for a long time,thank you for all you have done! Why are there so many lawyers involved in everything? I don’t understand why all of the politicians are constantly asking for money! Aren’t we paying the people we elected to do there job and not a bunch of lawyers!! It just doesn’t seem right to me!

  • April

    11/21/2019 10:33 AM

    So the question remains. How can the media—calling themselves “News” continue to spew the lies and misinformation to Americans? Cronkite was a liberal but I can’t even imagine him doing this—out and out lying. Can they be labeled fantasy fiction rather than real news? Know that God is ultimately in charge.

  • Oscar Williams

    11/21/2019 10:31 AM

    All who want to impeach The President for "quid-pro-bribery" (or whatever) in his telephone call with President Zelinsky, might look up U.S. Treaty: Ukraine 12978 and read specifically Article 1.

  • Jerry Korba

    11/21/2019 10:28 AM

    I am an old guy that happens to be Conservative when being an American living life here in the United States I enjoy the Freedoms I cannot imagine having an imbecile like Adam Shitiff in charge of anything that should be Honest and without corruption. It has happened thru a loophole found in the Constitution Shitiff and people like him show a need to close that hole. Why does the Left want a country like the Ukraine with history of immense Corruption to continue with its ways of governing and still be a partner of the United States? My answer is that the Left mirror's the same concept as the past Ukranian Government; Time to rid the Left's concept of Government it is destructive to Free America that is the role of the Left IS, to destroy American Freedoms. The Left wants to be like the old Ukraine. You can see the comparisons.

  • Victor Van Tress

    11/21/2019 10:19 AM

    There was a meme that showed the President and William Barr (who was smiling broadly). The caption read "They took the Bait"