What if they gave an impeachment and nobody came?

For those of you who weren’t around during the antiwar protests of the 1960s, this line is a take-off on the catchphrase from that era, “What if they gave a war and nobody came?”

When applied to literal war with military combat, that question is about as unrealistic as it gets. If an army comes at you with all its weaponry and you don’t show up to fight, it runs right over you and conquers you. Think France and World War II –- it took other nations coming to the war to get them out from under the boot of Nazis. The only way this idea works is if absolutely NOBODY with any firepower decides to wage war.

Of course, that didn’t stop hippies, too tripped-out on hallucinogens to think clearly, from hanging the posters and wearing the T-shirts. Often, the question was illustrated with a picture of a gun with a daisy sticking out of it. Flower power. Right on.

But for an impeachment “war” --- especially the unconstitutional semi-impeachment inquiry currently underway in Adam Schiff’s House Intelligence Committee, it makes sense.

Yesterday, White House counsel Pat Cipolloni sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi and three House committee chairmen outlining the myriad problems with their so-called “impeachment inquiry” and saying that unless they followed legal precedent and due process, the administration would not be cooperating thank-you-very-much. It was a masterful, must-read letter; I’ll link to it again here, this time in a more layman-friendly edit with John Hinderaker’s comments:

https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2019/10/trump-refuses-to-participate-in-impeachment-farce.php

To play along with this farce is to lend legitimacy to an illegitimate inquiry. If the Intelligence Committee really were on a fact-finding mission, it would allow the President to submit his own evidence, have access to evidence, call and cross-examine witnesses, receive transcripts of testimony, and to have his own counsel present. (Recall that Newt Gingrich, as then-Speaker, allowed Bill Clinton all of these civil rights.) But this is about furthering the narrative that they themselves created and trying to “get” Trump on obstruction of justice for his non-cooperation with this sham. To have obstruction of justice, don’t you first have to have JUSTICE? There is no justice here to obstruct.

Cipollone’s letter says it well: “Given that your inquiry lacks any legitimate constitutional foundation, any pretense of fairness, or even the most elementary due process protections, the Executive Branch cannot be expected to participate in it. Because participating in this inquiry under the current unconstitutional posture would inflict lasting institutional harm on the Executive Branch.”

Of course, the radical Democratic base doesn’t care what their anti-Trump fight does to the Executive Branch, the Constitution and the American system of justice. They don’t respect these institutions, anyway, and if they can bring down Trump and destroy the concept of individual rights for people with whom they disagree, they’ll consider it a two-fer.

Can Republicans just not show up at all? Ranking House Intelligence Committee member Devin Nunes says they at least will have to have one member of Congress present and a lawyer to take notes. “If not,” he told Sean Hannity on Wednesday, “they do control the gavels, they have the power, and they can do a lot of really bad things.” In other words, not staying apprised of what Democrats are doing would be very much like sticking a daisy into the barrel of a soldier’s rifle.

He expressed surprise that Pelosi wasn't bothering to go to court to challenge the White House counsel, saying “that means they really are just racing to get this done.”

He went on, “...I think what you’re seeing is, they’re on a ‘sugar high’ with polls right now, they’ve got 90 percent of the media poisoning people, they’ve got all the tech companies poisoning people, so they read the polls right now and they want to race quickly, as long as it’s 50 percent plus 1, to impeach the President.”

This kind of accelerated schedule, called a “rocket docket,” is in this case being used to get an impeachment before the various Justice Department investigations on the Trump/Russia probe and abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) are complete and made public. Some of that –- IG Horowitz’ report on FISA abuse by Obama’s FBI/DOJ –- will probably be out in the next couple of weeks, so Democrats don’t want anything to slow them down.

Not only has White House counsel questioned the legitimacy of the so-called impeachment inquiry, but a federal judge has questioned how she could know if an inquiry had begun when there had been no floor vote. This was in a hearing on Tuesday about whether the House Judiciary Committee should get secret grand jury materials from Mueller’s special counsel report as part of the inquiry. Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, ranking member of the committee, had filed a brief in the House application for this to point out that prior impeachments had been authorized by a floor vote. He wrote that the Judiciary Committee would normally be able to get the materials if the full House had voted to start a formal inquiry, but that this hadn’t happened.

“Without an explicit authorization from the full House, the Court has no determinative measure of when an official impeachment proceeding has begun and when the Committee is merely exercising its normal oversight powers,” Collins wrote in his brief. “Votes --- not words or press conferences, by Members, the Chairman, or the Speaker –- are the mechanism through which Congress acts.”

According to Todd Ruger in ROLL CALL, Chief U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell asked House General Counsel Douglas Letter, “Where are you suggesting I should draw lines?” She said it would “make it easier for all of us” if Speaker Pelosi would have a floor vote, and she has yet to rule on whether the Judiciary Committee can see the secret special counsel documents. Ruger says Pelosi appears to have the support to pass a resolution authorizing the inquiry. So the question is, why wouldn’t she just have the doggone vote?

I say it’s because she wants to be able to do this while denying Trump due process, which would require them to let Trump produce documents and call witnesses. This is NOT a search for truth, and the last thing Democrats want is for him to submit evidence that conflicts with their narrative and, worse, shows what THEY did.

University of Texas law professor Steve Vladeck said Cipollone’s letter will elevate this “from a series of squabbles to a full-on confrontation.” President Trump said Wednesday that “the whole thing is a scam, a fix” and that the letter would probably lead to a Supreme Court case. (He also taunted Democrats a bit by saying, “I sort of thrive on it.”) Though a 1993 Supreme Court decision seems to give Congress the power to make its own rules for impeachment, there might be a question of whether it can enforce such rules without a floor vote on opening an inquiry. But, again, impeachment-mad Democrats are in a hurry and do not want to be slowed down for anything.

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  • Maureen Innis

    10/10/2019 02:48 PM

    What the democrats are doing with this phony impeachment inquiry is wrong. First of all, you don't have an impeachment process without bringing forth the charges of impeachment. You don't get to start the process, then make up some charges afterwards. Second, I have heard people say, just go ahead and get it over with, let the impeachment go to a vote in the House, then the Republicans will kill it in the Senate. Our President has done nothing worthy of impeachment. We are going to put him through all this just because the democrats lost the 2016 election? What about the time they will waste, and the money supplied by the taxpayers they will use? Most importantly, what about our Constitution? And the rule of law? Don't let the democrats win with their insane hatred of the president by going along with their demands just to shut them up.

  • Roger Abraham

    10/10/2019 02:35 PM

    I 'm with Trump, and EVERYONE I KNOW IS WITH TRUMP! BRING IT ON NANCY- THIS IS GOING TO BE THE BIGGEST WHITWASH WE'VE EVER SEEN!

  • Lisa M Pruitt

    10/10/2019 02:26 PM

    It seems kind of like a country being invaded. And Trump is firing back and fast. He seems to just know how to handle things. What a guy!

  • Joe Wilkerson

    10/10/2019 02:19 PM

    Let's just face it Gov. Huck, the libs/progressives/dem have a one track mind set and that is to get rid of Pres. Trump dang the torpedos. They care little that it is wrong or whatever. They just want the power, the way things were prior to D.Trump being in office and I've asked God to forgive me for what I think of them getting smashed by a lamb duck pres. which I hope we can put/ keep in office in 2020. I know that he has a sharp mind and can deal with his oppressors as they have dealt with him. I am, quiet frankly, sick to death of the libs and their constant whining. They have screwed up every in which the have control and you can look around and see the devastated countries in which they have control. To not see this is sheer idiocy.

  • Lisa Ford

    10/10/2019 01:57 PM

    Maybe God is drawing the line. It's so crazy & so evil, what they are doing. It's a setup. Which side are you on. The side that wants this to remain a God fearing country & law abiding. Or the otherside, killing babies, breaking laws, running over people & totally forgetting love & what we are placed on this earth to do. Love & serve God. Malachi chapter 3. Kinda shows God drawing the line with His finger. Maybe He has seen enough evil. And the light always shines the brightest on the darkest nights.

  • Richard Edler

    10/10/2019 01:29 PM

    So it is smoke and mirrors once again just like Kavanaugh and during Obama’s terms and taking advantage of the American public through more lies and deception. It is brainwashing at its finest by the elite and Intel agencies. Who runs this country anymore? Evidently the people don’t. Sad to see. So many liberals and Dems are easily led to the slaughter taking the rest of America along with them. Marketing and sales works every time! Obama was the best shoes salesman aka orator and was similar to the Pied Piper. Tell people want they want to believe and then take them to the cleaners. If we aren’t smart enough to know this and do something about it then we will lose our rights and our country. The Republicans had better beat the Dems at their game now. We gave the Dems a victory in 2018 in the House and they were rejuvenated and are masters at lying and cheating and giving Americans false hope. Same old games and hence, why term limits and a ban against greedy lobbyists and corporations and a strong Supreme Court and strong federal courts are vital to keeping our Republic alive. How much graft did Obama and his crew aka Pelosi and Reid receive from big pharma and health care companies from ObamaCare? Does anyone realize that every time a new bill is written more taxes are included or special projects or grant monies that go in their pockets? So much cheating and not for the good of Americans. There are no audits. Why did Congress spend $48 million on lobster end of last year to be able to keep their huge taxpayer funded budget? No one cares. Washington DC is France - the nouveau riche. Just keep lying to the taxpayers and soak them. They are laughing all the way to their banks. Congress is a scam. So tired of the games and we aren’t family representatives at all. They have done very little for American taxpayers - just kept giving our money away to the poor and their folkish schemes. We are working for them instead of for ourselves. Socialism at its finest.

  • Carl Smith

    10/10/2019 12:06 PM

    Here's a thought! AOC is the REASON why Pelosi is able to back Shifty Schiff's continued Insanity. Anything to avoid having to confront the NEW Leader of the Dim Wit Party?

  • Lisa Ford

    10/10/2019 12:04 PM

    Once again wicked Dems show that laws, rules & procedures are things not meant for them. Just for Republicans & legal tax paying citizens. I gave up watching the news, cause I don't want to break my tv, by throwing something at it. When and where did everything get off course. We have not been able to trust the news for years. Media intentionally lies. I am sure Walter Cronkite would be sick watching so called news. We are not Russia. We don't need the news, they only want us to hear. And the government got off track somewhere, maybe when Kennedy killed his girlfriend & got away with it, when Madeline O'Harra changed our school system, Roe vs Wade. Being a polite & nice guy in Washington doesn't work. Obvious. We need fighters that speak up! This mess has gone on for way too many years!!!!

  • Peggy Ilharreguy

    10/10/2019 12:03 PM

    I feel like I am in another world. I fear it will cause much trouble. We must pray for our President and country. Also all of our government.

  • Sherrel L Morelan

    10/10/2019 11:56 AM

    If Democrats manage to lie their way into the White House in 2020, then the whole country will go down the tubes just like California has under democrats.

  • Michael F. Conners

    10/10/2019 11:47 AM

    Governor, your comments with respect to Schiff’s fiasco are right on. Unfortunately, you may wish to walk back your comments regarding the French in WW II. The French soldiers fought valiantly to defend their country. They were poorly led by general staff that had a defensive overly cautious mentality, reflecting the loss of an entire generation of young soldiers in WW I. I am sure you did not intend to impugn the courage of French soldiers, but a clarification on this point will be well received, should you so decide.

    Thanks again for being the voice of reason at a time when we are pilgrims in an unholy land. Sincerely, Mike Conners 703 200-6020

  • Tim Zahn

    10/10/2019 11:45 AM

    "To speak without thinking is to shoot without aiming." (from the movie Charlie Chan in Hawaii) The democrats are doing just that.

  • Phillip Stocks

    10/10/2019 11:44 AM

    Adam Schiff needs to be stripped of his U.S. citizenship for treason.
    Then banished to Russia, where he would fit right in with the prosecuting attorney corps.

  • Jerry

    10/10/2019 11:35 AM

    If Impeachment is a Hoax a waste of time and resources why is the Propaganda Outlets giving it so much attention? Just maybe it could invest some time on the Mex US Canada agreement, I am really interested in the NBA and Communists conflict over a few words about Freedom and Hong Kong. This will finally take from behind the scenes what our Media is spewing across our country. Anti American values, for less freedom of speech, the media is in favor of the Nike Corporation taking the shoe with an American flag off the market. Where does Nike produce a lot of their products? Can U say China? How can the media get behind a know nothing like Kapernick the Bidens how can Fienstein have a China man drive her around for 18 years and have such financial success dealing with China while a Senator of the US? Greed may come to mind Corruption might come to mind My biggest concern is China wants to rule over this Country People look at the United States as an Endangered Species once its gone who on the Planet will stand up to protect it if that happens; people that have our freedoms will probably pray for the biggest asteroid to reign down on us to live like Chinese or North Koreans is unacceptable people look a closer how Hollywood acts your Media and now your sports teams what's next your Creator? More Attention on China please your Impeachment propaganda is brought to you by China if you were China You want Impeachment.

  • Anna T

    10/10/2019 11:26 AM

    Here we go again! What are the Liberals doing that the people need to be distracted? Clinton loading her bee bee gun? Pelosi getting sick-er? Whats stirring in the political pot that they dont want spilling? Of course we know Liberals have demonic plans if they win but they wont. Prophecy puts Trump in office in 2020! Still, they will not cease in an attempt to destroy our America. Greed rules the minds of these desperate people that I dare not call leaders. Thats like calling rat poison a vitamin! Our America was founded on the unfailing Word of God and though the devil may assault us we will still stand for our God and our President!!!

  • Lance tharp

    10/10/2019 11:17 AM

    This to me is a treasonous act Dems are completely out of control and need to ne stopped before they destroy the country. They need to represent the people rather than themselves.

  • Anne McCormack

    10/10/2019 11:11 AM

    the reason for the high poll to impeach, is we want what the President want . To be voted so it become bypartisan , not this one side deal...

  • Dot whitley

    10/10/2019 11:08 AM

    I do wish this would stop them . It's unbelievable at how stupid and crooked they are . Why can't these crooks be tried in a courtroom just like any common crook is? I keep hearing that nobody is above the law. Really?
    Dot

  • Cheryl Mizner

    10/10/2019 11:02 AM

    Really glad Executive Branch told Schiff and Pelosi suck air on getting docs. Support President 100%.

  • Christina Swanson

    10/10/2019 10:50 AM

    Love your newsletter! Well-written, easy to read, keeps me up to date without spending too much time. Thank you.

  • Carol Kloberdanz

    10/10/2019 10:41 AM

    Send in the military! Arrest all those who are involved in this ongoing attempted coup of our President and takeover of our country!

  • Marlene Glidden

    10/10/2019 10:40 AM

    Off subject but I am glad President is refusing to join in the fighting over inthe east That was dear George Bush war for his own benefit to protect his oil interest not caring who got killed to line his own pockets

  • Duane Lawton

    10/10/2019 10:31 AM

    "51% support impeachment", but read the question, it asks if you support an inquiry. I would support the sham inquiry they're doing now, because it is working to Trump's advantage. So this is probably fake news. "Woke to the Constitution"

What if they gave an impeachment and nobody came?

For those of you who weren’t around during the antiwar protests of the 1960s, this line is a take-off on the catchphrase from that era, “What if they gave a war and nobody came?”

When applied to literal war with military combat, that question is about as unrealistic as it gets. If an army comes at you with all its weaponry and you don’t show up to fight, it runs right over you and conquers you. Think France and World War II –- it took other nations coming to the war to get them out from under the boot of Nazis. The only way this idea works is if absolutely NOBODY with any firepower decides to wage war.

Of course, that didn’t stop hippies, too tripped-out on hallucinogens to think clearly, from hanging the posters and wearing the T-shirts. Often, the question was illustrated with a picture of a gun with a daisy sticking out of it. Flower power. Right on.

But for an impeachment “war” --- especially the unconstitutional semi-impeachment inquiry currently underway in Adam Schiff’s House Intelligence Committee, it makes sense.

Yesterday, White House counsel Pat Cipolloni sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi and three House committee chairmen outlining the myriad problems with their so-called “impeachment inquiry” and saying that unless they followed legal precedent and due process, the administration would not be cooperating thank-you-very-much. It was a masterful, must-read letter; I’ll link to it again here, this time in a more layman-friendly edit with John Hinderaker’s comments:

https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2019/10/trump-refuses-to-participate-in-impeachment-farce.php

To play along with this farce is to lend legitimacy to an illegitimate inquiry. If the Intelligence Committee really were on a fact-finding mission, it would allow the President to submit his own evidence, have access to evidence, call and cross-examine witnesses, receive transcripts of testimony, and to have his own counsel present. (Recall that Newt Gingrich, as then-Speaker, allowed Bill Clinton all of these civil rights.) But this is about furthering the narrative that they themselves created and trying to “get” Trump on obstruction of justice for his non-cooperation with this sham. To have obstruction of justice, don’t you first have to have JUSTICE? There is no justice here to obstruct.

Cipollone’s letter says it well: “Given that your inquiry lacks any legitimate constitutional foundation, any pretense of fairness, or even the most elementary due process protections, the Executive Branch cannot be expected to participate in it. Because participating in this inquiry under the current unconstitutional posture would inflict lasting institutional harm on the Executive Branch.”

Of course, the radical Democratic base doesn’t care what their anti-Trump fight does to the Executive Branch, the Constitution and the American system of justice. They don’t respect these institutions, anyway, and if they can bring down Trump and destroy the concept of individual rights for people with whom they disagree, they’ll consider it a two-fer.

Can Republicans just not show up at all? Ranking House Intelligence Committee member Devin Nunes says they at least will have to have one member of Congress present and a lawyer to take notes. “If not,” he told Sean Hannity on Wednesday, “they do control the gavels, they have the power, and they can do a lot of really bad things.” In other words, not staying apprised of what Democrats are doing would be very much like sticking a daisy into the barrel of a soldier’s rifle.

He expressed surprise that Pelosi wasn't bothering to go to court to challenge the White House counsel, saying “that means they really are just racing to get this done.”

He went on, “...I think what you’re seeing is, they’re on a ‘sugar high’ with polls right now, they’ve got 90 percent of the media poisoning people, they’ve got all the tech companies poisoning people, so they read the polls right now and they want to race quickly, as long as it’s 50 percent plus 1, to impeach the President.”

This kind of accelerated schedule, called a “rocket docket,” is in this case being used to get an impeachment before the various Justice Department investigations on the Trump/Russia probe and abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) are complete and made public. Some of that –- IG Horowitz’ report on FISA abuse by Obama’s FBI/DOJ –- will probably be out in the next couple of weeks, so Democrats don’t want anything to slow them down.

Not only has White House counsel questioned the legitimacy of the so-called impeachment inquiry, but a federal judge has questioned how she could know if an inquiry had begun when there had been no floor vote. This was in a hearing on Tuesday about whether the House Judiciary Committee should get secret grand jury materials from Mueller’s special counsel report as part of the inquiry. Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, ranking member of the committee, had filed a brief in the House application for this to point out that prior impeachments had been authorized by a floor vote. He wrote that the Judiciary Committee would normally be able to get the materials if the full House had voted to start a formal inquiry, but that this hadn’t happened.

“Without an explicit authorization from the full House, the Court has no determinative measure of when an official impeachment proceeding has begun and when the Committee is merely exercising its normal oversight powers,” Collins wrote in his brief. “Votes --- not words or press conferences, by Members, the Chairman, or the Speaker –- are the mechanism through which Congress acts.”

According to Todd Ruger in ROLL CALL, Chief U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell asked House General Counsel Douglas Letter, “Where are you suggesting I should draw lines?” She said it would “make it easier for all of us” if Speaker Pelosi would have a floor vote, and she has yet to rule on whether the Judiciary Committee can see the secret special counsel documents. Ruger says Pelosi appears to have the support to pass a resolution authorizing the inquiry. So the question is, why wouldn’t she just have the doggone vote?

I say it’s because she wants to be able to do this while denying Trump due process, which would require them to let Trump produce documents and call witnesses. This is NOT a search for truth, and the last thing Democrats want is for him to submit evidence that conflicts with their narrative and, worse, shows what THEY did.

University of Texas law professor Steve Vladeck said Cipollone’s letter will elevate this “from a series of squabbles to a full-on confrontation.” President Trump said Wednesday that “the whole thing is a scam, a fix” and that the letter would probably lead to a Supreme Court case. (He also taunted Democrats a bit by saying, “I sort of thrive on it.”) Though a 1993 Supreme Court decision seems to give Congress the power to make its own rules for impeachment, there might be a question of whether it can enforce such rules without a floor vote on opening an inquiry. But, again, impeachment-mad Democrats are in a hurry and do not want to be slowed down for anything.

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Comments 26-48 of 48

  • Maureen Innis

    10/10/2019 02:48 PM

    What the democrats are doing with this phony impeachment inquiry is wrong. First of all, you don't have an impeachment process without bringing forth the charges of impeachment. You don't get to start the process, then make up some charges afterwards. Second, I have heard people say, just go ahead and get it over with, let the impeachment go to a vote in the House, then the Republicans will kill it in the Senate. Our President has done nothing worthy of impeachment. We are going to put him through all this just because the democrats lost the 2016 election? What about the time they will waste, and the money supplied by the taxpayers they will use? Most importantly, what about our Constitution? And the rule of law? Don't let the democrats win with their insane hatred of the president by going along with their demands just to shut them up.

  • Roger Abraham

    10/10/2019 02:35 PM

    I 'm with Trump, and EVERYONE I KNOW IS WITH TRUMP! BRING IT ON NANCY- THIS IS GOING TO BE THE BIGGEST WHITWASH WE'VE EVER SEEN!

  • Lisa M Pruitt

    10/10/2019 02:26 PM

    It seems kind of like a country being invaded. And Trump is firing back and fast. He seems to just know how to handle things. What a guy!

  • Joe Wilkerson

    10/10/2019 02:19 PM

    Let's just face it Gov. Huck, the libs/progressives/dem have a one track mind set and that is to get rid of Pres. Trump dang the torpedos. They care little that it is wrong or whatever. They just want the power, the way things were prior to D.Trump being in office and I've asked God to forgive me for what I think of them getting smashed by a lamb duck pres. which I hope we can put/ keep in office in 2020. I know that he has a sharp mind and can deal with his oppressors as they have dealt with him. I am, quiet frankly, sick to death of the libs and their constant whining. They have screwed up every in which the have control and you can look around and see the devastated countries in which they have control. To not see this is sheer idiocy.

  • Lisa Ford

    10/10/2019 01:57 PM

    Maybe God is drawing the line. It's so crazy & so evil, what they are doing. It's a setup. Which side are you on. The side that wants this to remain a God fearing country & law abiding. Or the otherside, killing babies, breaking laws, running over people & totally forgetting love & what we are placed on this earth to do. Love & serve God. Malachi chapter 3. Kinda shows God drawing the line with His finger. Maybe He has seen enough evil. And the light always shines the brightest on the darkest nights.

  • Richard Edler

    10/10/2019 01:29 PM

    So it is smoke and mirrors once again just like Kavanaugh and during Obama’s terms and taking advantage of the American public through more lies and deception. It is brainwashing at its finest by the elite and Intel agencies. Who runs this country anymore? Evidently the people don’t. Sad to see. So many liberals and Dems are easily led to the slaughter taking the rest of America along with them. Marketing and sales works every time! Obama was the best shoes salesman aka orator and was similar to the Pied Piper. Tell people want they want to believe and then take them to the cleaners. If we aren’t smart enough to know this and do something about it then we will lose our rights and our country. The Republicans had better beat the Dems at their game now. We gave the Dems a victory in 2018 in the House and they were rejuvenated and are masters at lying and cheating and giving Americans false hope. Same old games and hence, why term limits and a ban against greedy lobbyists and corporations and a strong Supreme Court and strong federal courts are vital to keeping our Republic alive. How much graft did Obama and his crew aka Pelosi and Reid receive from big pharma and health care companies from ObamaCare? Does anyone realize that every time a new bill is written more taxes are included or special projects or grant monies that go in their pockets? So much cheating and not for the good of Americans. There are no audits. Why did Congress spend $48 million on lobster end of last year to be able to keep their huge taxpayer funded budget? No one cares. Washington DC is France - the nouveau riche. Just keep lying to the taxpayers and soak them. They are laughing all the way to their banks. Congress is a scam. So tired of the games and we aren’t family representatives at all. They have done very little for American taxpayers - just kept giving our money away to the poor and their folkish schemes. We are working for them instead of for ourselves. Socialism at its finest.

  • Carl Smith

    10/10/2019 12:06 PM

    Here's a thought! AOC is the REASON why Pelosi is able to back Shifty Schiff's continued Insanity. Anything to avoid having to confront the NEW Leader of the Dim Wit Party?

  • Lisa Ford

    10/10/2019 12:04 PM

    Once again wicked Dems show that laws, rules & procedures are things not meant for them. Just for Republicans & legal tax paying citizens. I gave up watching the news, cause I don't want to break my tv, by throwing something at it. When and where did everything get off course. We have not been able to trust the news for years. Media intentionally lies. I am sure Walter Cronkite would be sick watching so called news. We are not Russia. We don't need the news, they only want us to hear. And the government got off track somewhere, maybe when Kennedy killed his girlfriend & got away with it, when Madeline O'Harra changed our school system, Roe vs Wade. Being a polite & nice guy in Washington doesn't work. Obvious. We need fighters that speak up! This mess has gone on for way too many years!!!!

  • Peggy Ilharreguy

    10/10/2019 12:03 PM

    I feel like I am in another world. I fear it will cause much trouble. We must pray for our President and country. Also all of our government.

  • Sherrel L Morelan

    10/10/2019 11:56 AM

    If Democrats manage to lie their way into the White House in 2020, then the whole country will go down the tubes just like California has under democrats.

  • Michael F. Conners

    10/10/2019 11:47 AM

    Governor, your comments with respect to Schiff’s fiasco are right on. Unfortunately, you may wish to walk back your comments regarding the French in WW II. The French soldiers fought valiantly to defend their country. They were poorly led by general staff that had a defensive overly cautious mentality, reflecting the loss of an entire generation of young soldiers in WW I. I am sure you did not intend to impugn the courage of French soldiers, but a clarification on this point will be well received, should you so decide.

    Thanks again for being the voice of reason at a time when we are pilgrims in an unholy land. Sincerely, Mike Conners 703 200-6020

  • Tim Zahn

    10/10/2019 11:45 AM

    "To speak without thinking is to shoot without aiming." (from the movie Charlie Chan in Hawaii) The democrats are doing just that.

  • Phillip Stocks

    10/10/2019 11:44 AM

    Adam Schiff needs to be stripped of his U.S. citizenship for treason.
    Then banished to Russia, where he would fit right in with the prosecuting attorney corps.

  • Jerry

    10/10/2019 11:35 AM

    If Impeachment is a Hoax a waste of time and resources why is the Propaganda Outlets giving it so much attention? Just maybe it could invest some time on the Mex US Canada agreement, I am really interested in the NBA and Communists conflict over a few words about Freedom and Hong Kong. This will finally take from behind the scenes what our Media is spewing across our country. Anti American values, for less freedom of speech, the media is in favor of the Nike Corporation taking the shoe with an American flag off the market. Where does Nike produce a lot of their products? Can U say China? How can the media get behind a know nothing like Kapernick the Bidens how can Fienstein have a China man drive her around for 18 years and have such financial success dealing with China while a Senator of the US? Greed may come to mind Corruption might come to mind My biggest concern is China wants to rule over this Country People look at the United States as an Endangered Species once its gone who on the Planet will stand up to protect it if that happens; people that have our freedoms will probably pray for the biggest asteroid to reign down on us to live like Chinese or North Koreans is unacceptable people look a closer how Hollywood acts your Media and now your sports teams what's next your Creator? More Attention on China please your Impeachment propaganda is brought to you by China if you were China You want Impeachment.

  • Anna T

    10/10/2019 11:26 AM

    Here we go again! What are the Liberals doing that the people need to be distracted? Clinton loading her bee bee gun? Pelosi getting sick-er? Whats stirring in the political pot that they dont want spilling? Of course we know Liberals have demonic plans if they win but they wont. Prophecy puts Trump in office in 2020! Still, they will not cease in an attempt to destroy our America. Greed rules the minds of these desperate people that I dare not call leaders. Thats like calling rat poison a vitamin! Our America was founded on the unfailing Word of God and though the devil may assault us we will still stand for our God and our President!!!

  • Lance tharp

    10/10/2019 11:17 AM

    This to me is a treasonous act Dems are completely out of control and need to ne stopped before they destroy the country. They need to represent the people rather than themselves.

  • Anne McCormack

    10/10/2019 11:11 AM

    the reason for the high poll to impeach, is we want what the President want . To be voted so it become bypartisan , not this one side deal...

  • Dot whitley

    10/10/2019 11:08 AM

    I do wish this would stop them . It's unbelievable at how stupid and crooked they are . Why can't these crooks be tried in a courtroom just like any common crook is? I keep hearing that nobody is above the law. Really?
    Dot

  • Cheryl Mizner

    10/10/2019 11:02 AM

    Really glad Executive Branch told Schiff and Pelosi suck air on getting docs. Support President 100%.

  • Christina Swanson

    10/10/2019 10:50 AM

    Love your newsletter! Well-written, easy to read, keeps me up to date without spending too much time. Thank you.

  • Carol Kloberdanz

    10/10/2019 10:41 AM

    Send in the military! Arrest all those who are involved in this ongoing attempted coup of our President and takeover of our country!

  • Marlene Glidden

    10/10/2019 10:40 AM

    Off subject but I am glad President is refusing to join in the fighting over inthe east That was dear George Bush war for his own benefit to protect his oil interest not caring who got killed to line his own pockets

  • Duane Lawton

    10/10/2019 10:31 AM

    "51% support impeachment", but read the question, it asks if you support an inquiry. I would support the sham inquiry they're doing now, because it is working to Trump's advantage. So this is probably fake news. "Woke to the Constitution"

What if they gave an impeachment and nobody came?

For those of you who weren’t around during the antiwar protests of the 1960s, this line is a take-off on the catchphrase from that era, “What if they gave a war and nobody came?”

When applied to literal war with military combat, that question is about as unrealistic as it gets. If an army comes at you with all its weaponry and you don’t show up to fight, it runs right over you and conquers you. Think France and World War II –- it took other nations coming to the war to get them out from under the boot of Nazis. The only way this idea works is if absolutely NOBODY with any firepower decides to wage war.

Of course, that didn’t stop hippies, too tripped-out on hallucinogens to think clearly, from hanging the posters and wearing the T-shirts. Often, the question was illustrated with a picture of a gun with a daisy sticking out of it. Flower power. Right on.

But for an impeachment “war” --- especially the unconstitutional semi-impeachment inquiry currently underway in Adam Schiff’s House Intelligence Committee, it makes sense.

Yesterday, White House counsel Pat Cipolloni sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi and three House committee chairmen outlining the myriad problems with their so-called “impeachment inquiry” and saying that unless they followed legal precedent and due process, the administration would not be cooperating thank-you-very-much. It was a masterful, must-read letter; I’ll link to it again here, this time in a more layman-friendly edit with John Hinderaker’s comments:

https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2019/10/trump-refuses-to-participate-in-impeachment-farce.php

To play along with this farce is to lend legitimacy to an illegitimate inquiry. If the Intelligence Committee really were on a fact-finding mission, it would allow the President to submit his own evidence, have access to evidence, call and cross-examine witnesses, receive transcripts of testimony, and to have his own counsel present. (Recall that Newt Gingrich, as then-Speaker, allowed Bill Clinton all of these civil rights.) But this is about furthering the narrative that they themselves created and trying to “get” Trump on obstruction of justice for his non-cooperation with this sham. To have obstruction of justice, don’t you first have to have JUSTICE? There is no justice here to obstruct.

Cipollone’s letter says it well: “Given that your inquiry lacks any legitimate constitutional foundation, any pretense of fairness, or even the most elementary due process protections, the Executive Branch cannot be expected to participate in it. Because participating in this inquiry under the current unconstitutional posture would inflict lasting institutional harm on the Executive Branch.”

Of course, the radical Democratic base doesn’t care what their anti-Trump fight does to the Executive Branch, the Constitution and the American system of justice. They don’t respect these institutions, anyway, and if they can bring down Trump and destroy the concept of individual rights for people with whom they disagree, they’ll consider it a two-fer.

Can Republicans just not show up at all? Ranking House Intelligence Committee member Devin Nunes says they at least will have to have one member of Congress present and a lawyer to take notes. “If not,” he told Sean Hannity on Wednesday, “they do control the gavels, they have the power, and they can do a lot of really bad things.” In other words, not staying apprised of what Democrats are doing would be very much like sticking a daisy into the barrel of a soldier’s rifle.

He expressed surprise that Pelosi wasn't bothering to go to court to challenge the White House counsel, saying “that means they really are just racing to get this done.”

He went on, “...I think what you’re seeing is, they’re on a ‘sugar high’ with polls right now, they’ve got 90 percent of the media poisoning people, they’ve got all the tech companies poisoning people, so they read the polls right now and they want to race quickly, as long as it’s 50 percent plus 1, to impeach the President.”

This kind of accelerated schedule, called a “rocket docket,” is in this case being used to get an impeachment before the various Justice Department investigations on the Trump/Russia probe and abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) are complete and made public. Some of that –- IG Horowitz’ report on FISA abuse by Obama’s FBI/DOJ –- will probably be out in the next couple of weeks, so Democrats don’t want anything to slow them down.

Not only has White House counsel questioned the legitimacy of the so-called impeachment inquiry, but a federal judge has questioned how she could know if an inquiry had begun when there had been no floor vote. This was in a hearing on Tuesday about whether the House Judiciary Committee should get secret grand jury materials from Mueller’s special counsel report as part of the inquiry. Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, ranking member of the committee, had filed a brief in the House application for this to point out that prior impeachments had been authorized by a floor vote. He wrote that the Judiciary Committee would normally be able to get the materials if the full House had voted to start a formal inquiry, but that this hadn’t happened.

“Without an explicit authorization from the full House, the Court has no determinative measure of when an official impeachment proceeding has begun and when the Committee is merely exercising its normal oversight powers,” Collins wrote in his brief. “Votes --- not words or press conferences, by Members, the Chairman, or the Speaker –- are the mechanism through which Congress acts.”

According to Todd Ruger in ROLL CALL, Chief U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell asked House General Counsel Douglas Letter, “Where are you suggesting I should draw lines?” She said it would “make it easier for all of us” if Speaker Pelosi would have a floor vote, and she has yet to rule on whether the Judiciary Committee can see the secret special counsel documents. Ruger says Pelosi appears to have the support to pass a resolution authorizing the inquiry. So the question is, why wouldn’t she just have the doggone vote?

I say it’s because she wants to be able to do this while denying Trump due process, which would require them to let Trump produce documents and call witnesses. This is NOT a search for truth, and the last thing Democrats want is for him to submit evidence that conflicts with their narrative and, worse, shows what THEY did.

University of Texas law professor Steve Vladeck said Cipollone’s letter will elevate this “from a series of squabbles to a full-on confrontation.” President Trump said Wednesday that “the whole thing is a scam, a fix” and that the letter would probably lead to a Supreme Court case. (He also taunted Democrats a bit by saying, “I sort of thrive on it.”) Though a 1993 Supreme Court decision seems to give Congress the power to make its own rules for impeachment, there might be a question of whether it can enforce such rules without a floor vote on opening an inquiry. But, again, impeachment-mad Democrats are in a hurry and do not want to be slowed down for anything.

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  • Maureen Innis

    10/10/2019 02:48 PM

    What the democrats are doing with this phony impeachment inquiry is wrong. First of all, you don't have an impeachment process without bringing forth the charges of impeachment. You don't get to start the process, then make up some charges afterwards. Second, I have heard people say, just go ahead and get it over with, let the impeachment go to a vote in the House, then the Republicans will kill it in the Senate. Our President has done nothing worthy of impeachment. We are going to put him through all this just because the democrats lost the 2016 election? What about the time they will waste, and the money supplied by the taxpayers they will use? Most importantly, what about our Constitution? And the rule of law? Don't let the democrats win with their insane hatred of the president by going along with their demands just to shut them up.

  • Roger Abraham

    10/10/2019 02:35 PM

    I 'm with Trump, and EVERYONE I KNOW IS WITH TRUMP! BRING IT ON NANCY- THIS IS GOING TO BE THE BIGGEST WHITWASH WE'VE EVER SEEN!

  • Lisa M Pruitt

    10/10/2019 02:26 PM

    It seems kind of like a country being invaded. And Trump is firing back and fast. He seems to just know how to handle things. What a guy!

  • Joe Wilkerson

    10/10/2019 02:19 PM

    Let's just face it Gov. Huck, the libs/progressives/dem have a one track mind set and that is to get rid of Pres. Trump dang the torpedos. They care little that it is wrong or whatever. They just want the power, the way things were prior to D.Trump being in office and I've asked God to forgive me for what I think of them getting smashed by a lamb duck pres. which I hope we can put/ keep in office in 2020. I know that he has a sharp mind and can deal with his oppressors as they have dealt with him. I am, quiet frankly, sick to death of the libs and their constant whining. They have screwed up every in which the have control and you can look around and see the devastated countries in which they have control. To not see this is sheer idiocy.

  • Lisa Ford

    10/10/2019 01:57 PM

    Maybe God is drawing the line. It's so crazy & so evil, what they are doing. It's a setup. Which side are you on. The side that wants this to remain a God fearing country & law abiding. Or the otherside, killing babies, breaking laws, running over people & totally forgetting love & what we are placed on this earth to do. Love & serve God. Malachi chapter 3. Kinda shows God drawing the line with His finger. Maybe He has seen enough evil. And the light always shines the brightest on the darkest nights.

  • Richard Edler

    10/10/2019 01:29 PM

    So it is smoke and mirrors once again just like Kavanaugh and during Obama’s terms and taking advantage of the American public through more lies and deception. It is brainwashing at its finest by the elite and Intel agencies. Who runs this country anymore? Evidently the people don’t. Sad to see. So many liberals and Dems are easily led to the slaughter taking the rest of America along with them. Marketing and sales works every time! Obama was the best shoes salesman aka orator and was similar to the Pied Piper. Tell people want they want to believe and then take them to the cleaners. If we aren’t smart enough to know this and do something about it then we will lose our rights and our country. The Republicans had better beat the Dems at their game now. We gave the Dems a victory in 2018 in the House and they were rejuvenated and are masters at lying and cheating and giving Americans false hope. Same old games and hence, why term limits and a ban against greedy lobbyists and corporations and a strong Supreme Court and strong federal courts are vital to keeping our Republic alive. How much graft did Obama and his crew aka Pelosi and Reid receive from big pharma and health care companies from ObamaCare? Does anyone realize that every time a new bill is written more taxes are included or special projects or grant monies that go in their pockets? So much cheating and not for the good of Americans. There are no audits. Why did Congress spend $48 million on lobster end of last year to be able to keep their huge taxpayer funded budget? No one cares. Washington DC is France - the nouveau riche. Just keep lying to the taxpayers and soak them. They are laughing all the way to their banks. Congress is a scam. So tired of the games and we aren’t family representatives at all. They have done very little for American taxpayers - just kept giving our money away to the poor and their folkish schemes. We are working for them instead of for ourselves. Socialism at its finest.

  • Carl Smith

    10/10/2019 12:06 PM

    Here's a thought! AOC is the REASON why Pelosi is able to back Shifty Schiff's continued Insanity. Anything to avoid having to confront the NEW Leader of the Dim Wit Party?

  • Lisa Ford

    10/10/2019 12:04 PM

    Once again wicked Dems show that laws, rules & procedures are things not meant for them. Just for Republicans & legal tax paying citizens. I gave up watching the news, cause I don't want to break my tv, by throwing something at it. When and where did everything get off course. We have not been able to trust the news for years. Media intentionally lies. I am sure Walter Cronkite would be sick watching so called news. We are not Russia. We don't need the news, they only want us to hear. And the government got off track somewhere, maybe when Kennedy killed his girlfriend & got away with it, when Madeline O'Harra changed our school system, Roe vs Wade. Being a polite & nice guy in Washington doesn't work. Obvious. We need fighters that speak up! This mess has gone on for way too many years!!!!

  • Peggy Ilharreguy

    10/10/2019 12:03 PM

    I feel like I am in another world. I fear it will cause much trouble. We must pray for our President and country. Also all of our government.

  • Sherrel L Morelan

    10/10/2019 11:56 AM

    If Democrats manage to lie their way into the White House in 2020, then the whole country will go down the tubes just like California has under democrats.

  • Michael F. Conners

    10/10/2019 11:47 AM

    Governor, your comments with respect to Schiff’s fiasco are right on. Unfortunately, you may wish to walk back your comments regarding the French in WW II. The French soldiers fought valiantly to defend their country. They were poorly led by general staff that had a defensive overly cautious mentality, reflecting the loss of an entire generation of young soldiers in WW I. I am sure you did not intend to impugn the courage of French soldiers, but a clarification on this point will be well received, should you so decide.

    Thanks again for being the voice of reason at a time when we are pilgrims in an unholy land. Sincerely, Mike Conners 703 200-6020

  • Tim Zahn

    10/10/2019 11:45 AM

    "To speak without thinking is to shoot without aiming." (from the movie Charlie Chan in Hawaii) The democrats are doing just that.

  • Phillip Stocks

    10/10/2019 11:44 AM

    Adam Schiff needs to be stripped of his U.S. citizenship for treason.
    Then banished to Russia, where he would fit right in with the prosecuting attorney corps.

  • Jerry

    10/10/2019 11:35 AM

    If Impeachment is a Hoax a waste of time and resources why is the Propaganda Outlets giving it so much attention? Just maybe it could invest some time on the Mex US Canada agreement, I am really interested in the NBA and Communists conflict over a few words about Freedom and Hong Kong. This will finally take from behind the scenes what our Media is spewing across our country. Anti American values, for less freedom of speech, the media is in favor of the Nike Corporation taking the shoe with an American flag off the market. Where does Nike produce a lot of their products? Can U say China? How can the media get behind a know nothing like Kapernick the Bidens how can Fienstein have a China man drive her around for 18 years and have such financial success dealing with China while a Senator of the US? Greed may come to mind Corruption might come to mind My biggest concern is China wants to rule over this Country People look at the United States as an Endangered Species once its gone who on the Planet will stand up to protect it if that happens; people that have our freedoms will probably pray for the biggest asteroid to reign down on us to live like Chinese or North Koreans is unacceptable people look a closer how Hollywood acts your Media and now your sports teams what's next your Creator? More Attention on China please your Impeachment propaganda is brought to you by China if you were China You want Impeachment.

  • Anna T

    10/10/2019 11:26 AM

    Here we go again! What are the Liberals doing that the people need to be distracted? Clinton loading her bee bee gun? Pelosi getting sick-er? Whats stirring in the political pot that they dont want spilling? Of course we know Liberals have demonic plans if they win but they wont. Prophecy puts Trump in office in 2020! Still, they will not cease in an attempt to destroy our America. Greed rules the minds of these desperate people that I dare not call leaders. Thats like calling rat poison a vitamin! Our America was founded on the unfailing Word of God and though the devil may assault us we will still stand for our God and our President!!!

  • Lance tharp

    10/10/2019 11:17 AM

    This to me is a treasonous act Dems are completely out of control and need to ne stopped before they destroy the country. They need to represent the people rather than themselves.

  • Anne McCormack

    10/10/2019 11:11 AM

    the reason for the high poll to impeach, is we want what the President want . To be voted so it become bypartisan , not this one side deal...

  • Dot whitley

    10/10/2019 11:08 AM

    I do wish this would stop them . It's unbelievable at how stupid and crooked they are . Why can't these crooks be tried in a courtroom just like any common crook is? I keep hearing that nobody is above the law. Really?
    Dot

  • Cheryl Mizner

    10/10/2019 11:02 AM

    Really glad Executive Branch told Schiff and Pelosi suck air on getting docs. Support President 100%.

  • Christina Swanson

    10/10/2019 10:50 AM

    Love your newsletter! Well-written, easy to read, keeps me up to date without spending too much time. Thank you.

  • Carol Kloberdanz

    10/10/2019 10:41 AM

    Send in the military! Arrest all those who are involved in this ongoing attempted coup of our President and takeover of our country!

  • Marlene Glidden

    10/10/2019 10:40 AM

    Off subject but I am glad President is refusing to join in the fighting over inthe east That was dear George Bush war for his own benefit to protect his oil interest not caring who got killed to line his own pockets

  • Duane Lawton

    10/10/2019 10:31 AM

    "51% support impeachment", but read the question, it asks if you support an inquiry. I would support the sham inquiry they're doing now, because it is working to Trump's advantage. So this is probably fake news. "Woke to the Constitution"