Today's Newsletter January 27 Edition

January 27, 2020 |

Today's Edition


“If you want to use a piece of evidence from a deposition or a tape, make sure that other parts of the tape do not destroy the parts that you used.”

That was Senate Judiciary Committee chair Lindsay Graham, speaking with Maria Bartiromo on SUNDAY MORNING FUTURES after a spectacular Saturday morning take-down by Trump’s attorneys of the House impeachment managers. Even though President Trump had been prohibited from having his own witnesses (or even one attorney) in the “inquiry” and House Republicans couldn’t ask questions unapproved by Schiff, Trump’s attorneys showed how information gathered by the managers themselves –- including testimony from their own witnesses –- hidden during their Senate presentation, destroyed their case for impeachment.

Trump’s lawyers were masterful, and just warming up for the longer session Monday. They showed why these House representatives, with all their misrepresentation of fact, would more aptly be called “misrepresentatives.” If you didn’t watch because you’re sick of the whole mess, you really should go back and watch it. Unlike the Democrats’ excruciating, embarrassing, insulting, monotonous, endlessly repetitious 22-hour lie-fest, this is fabulous and runs only about two hours. And whatever you do, don’t miss Monday.

I’m not a lawyer, but it sure seems that in a real court of law, Schiff and Nadler would be disbarred for their manipulation of evidence. They were, in effect, lying to the jury. Nadler not only called the President a “dictator,” he offended senators by accusing them of participating in “the cover-up” if they didn’t vote to convict. I realize there are numerous sleazebag attorneys alive and well and trying cases in courtrooms throughout America (for example, those prosecuting Michael Flynn) but, given the importance of this case, these two snakes belong at the very top of the list of those who disgrace their profession. They validate every lawyer joke in the book --- though what they’re doing to justice and the Constitution is no joke.


With gratitude,

Mike Huckabee



BREAKING NEWS: Here's why Dems want to call John Bolton

By Mike Huckabee

(Warning: This story is based on a New York Slimes story of unknown origin, with its release timed for maximum harm and distraction to President Trump’s impeachment defense, so take any claims in it with a pillar of salt until verified by a reputable source. Also bear in mind that it’s built around a “blockbuster” “Gotcha” that shouldn’t even be an issue, as it’s Trump’s job to look into alleged corruption at high levels and running for President as a Democrat should not be a lifetime pass from legal scrutiny, Hillary notwithstanding.)

On Thursday, THE NEW YORK TIMES ran an exclusive report that John Bolton’s new book manuscript includes a claim that President Trump withheld aid to Ukraine on the condition that they investigate Joe and Hunter Biden. The report says that according to the manuscript, Trump told Bolton in August of last year –- he tendered his resignation in September –- “that he [Trump] wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens.”

So, how did the NYT get this manuscript? They say that Bolton had shared it with “close associates,” which Bolton’s team denies. And since a “pre-publication review” is standard at the National Security Council for any former government official with a security clearance who writes or speaks publicly about his or her work, it could be that someone at the NSC leaked the draft. (Say, that would make them both leaky and drafty.) Bolton’s attorney Charles Cooper is complaining that the NSC review process has been “corrupted.”

Or, someone on Bolton’s team might have done the leaking, to help sell some books. And this sort of stunt does sell books; according to FOX News, conservative commentators are noting that merchants started taking orders for Bolton’s book, which comes out in March, just as the NYT story broke.

Bolton’s team would not “speculate” how the NYT got a copy of the manuscript. They also wouldn’t say Bolton was denying the claim made about Trump holding up aid pending an investigation into the Bidens. (Note that they didn’t confirm it, either.)

THIS is why the House impeachment managers are pushing so hard to get Bolton as a witness in the Senate trial. If they subpoena him and Trump cites executive privilege, Bolton will suddenly become ‘THE” witness whom Trump prevented from testifying –- the magic bullet whose testimony would surely have ended his presidency! That will be the media narrative regardless of the truth. And if Trump doesn’t cite executive privilege and Bolton does testify, he’ll be taking the witness chair as a disgruntled former employee who had unresolvable policy disagreements with the President and could say just about anything he wants to.

This development will hang over Monday’s proceedings, which will still be a monumental take-down of the House managers by Trump’s attorneys, completing the work they started on Saturday. Yet the media will be talking about only one thing: John Bolton. Interesting timing, wouldn’t you say?

Bolton's manuscript leaks on same day Amazon sales begin, prompting conservative skepticism

PS – President Trump quickly responded on Twitter: "I NEVER told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens. In fact, he never complained about this at the time of his very public termination. If John Bolton said this, it was only to sell a book..."


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Sunday, millions of fans were shocked and saddened by the death of NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. Bryant often used helicopters to avoid the notorious L.A. traffic. Nine people were aboard the helicopter and all were killed when it experienced unknown problems in mid-flight and later crashed into a mountainside in dense fog. Los Angeles Police had grounded their helicopters because weather conditions didn’t meet their minimum safety standards. The crash is under investigation.

Hundreds of grief-stricken fans rushed to the crash site to hold prayer vigils. The deaths also cast a shadow of tragedy over Sunday’s Grammy Awards, which were held in the nearby Staples Center where Bryant played with the Lakers for his entire 20-season career, becoming the team’s all-time leading scorer and the youngest player in NBA history to reach 30,000 career points. Bryant was also a very successful entrepreneur and philanthropist, raising millions for charities to help children and veterans.

I hope you’ll join me in offering prayers and condolences for Bryant’s wife Vanessa and their other children. But let’s also remember to pray for the other victims and for their families. Not all their names have been released at this writing, but we do know that they include Orange Coast College head basketball coach John Altobelli and his wife and daughter, and Harbor Day School assistant girls’ basketball coach Christina Mauser. The other victims of the crash were not famous sports celebrities, but all their lives were equally precious in the eyes of God.


Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This year, we observe the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

This is always a very solemn occasion, but even more so now, in the shadow of rising anti-Semitism, some of it even coming from national political figures in Congress; deadly assaults on Jews on American soil; and disturbing recent surveys showing that about 40% of Americans don't know what Auschwitz was, including a shocking two-thirds of Millennials. Another new survey finds that 69% of Millennials and Gen Xers in France, a nation occupied by the Nazis, didn’t know that 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust, 25% had never heard of the Holocaust, and 20% think it’s “acceptable” to hold anti-Semitic views.

There is very good reason why the credo of those who observe Holocaust Remembrance Day is “Never again.” I have been to Auschwitz multiple times. It is impossible to stand in that cursed place and not feel the weight of the sadness, loss, terror and evil in the very air around you. Anyone who’s ever been there will never again toss around ignorant comparisons of various US policies to “Nazis” and “concentration camps.” And I guarantee that once you’ve been there, you never forget.

Unfortunately, too many people haven’t been there, and haven’t been taught what happened there and in other such camps. I like to believe that no human being who really understands what this was about could possibly feel anything but revulsion at the very idea of anti-Semitism. And yet, it’s on the rise, which tells us we need to redouble our efforts to teach our children this history.

We all know that those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it. This is a chapter of history we must never allow to be repeated.

David Clossen has more on International Holocaust Remembrance Day in light of current events at this must-read article in the Daily Signal.

Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)

"Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."

- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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  • Amelia Little

    01/29/2020 12:48 AM

    I wish I could remember where I saw this--such as, was it a reputable source or just someone wanting to stir up controversy--but it seems bolton had been quoted as saying he would lie if necessary. Don't know if he means--lie in the book (if the "scoop" about the manuscript is true) or if he would lie under oath--and would that be to protect the President, or protect himself? Such slease being slung around.

  • Stu Childre

    01/27/2020 11:56 PM

    Hi Mike,

    I listened to a podcast today by Newt Gingrich about the Holocaust and I was struck by the parallel between Nazi Germany’s treatment of the Jews and our treatment of unwanted kids.

    January 27, 2020 is the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, a concentration camp in Poland that was a part of a complex of over 40 facilities in Nazi Germany that were used to eliminate people that they considered undesirable. Six million Jews were among those eliminated and the German Public didn’t stop it. Today the United States finds a significant number of children to be undesirable. One organization that deals with these undesirable kids is Planned Parenthood which has eliminated over eight million of these undesirable children since 1970. The United States public has not stopped this.

    God forgive us!

    Grace and Peace,

  • Debra Schmidt

    01/27/2020 09:42 PM

    Thank you for all you do for our country. I love historical fiction and I encourage people to consider reading about World War II and the Holocaust this way. Recently I read books by Pam Jenoff, a lawyer who worked for the US in Poland and has much experience with holocaust studies. I may not get to visit Auschwitz but I feel as if I've been there due to several great authors. (Oh, and Corie TenBoom's Hiding Place and Maria VonTrapp's Sound of Music also opened my eyes to that period of history years ago.)

  • Lance E Brown

    01/27/2020 05:43 PM

    "If you want to use a piece of evidence from a deposition or a tape, make sure that other parts of the tape do not destroy the parts that you used.”
    I did in fact pick up on some of this. In particulare
    We watched the HOUSE proceedings and saw the DEM's “Shut Down” the GOP each and every time they attempted to establish a point. We sat and absorbed the situation as the GOP asked to bring forward witnesses in opposition to the DEM's statements and were told by the DEM's that “you can ask for any witnesses off of our approved list but no other”.
    Each and every time the GOP protested they were told that “These are the rules” and they were the rules.
    And now we get to watch the DEM's scream RAPE as they get treated in the same manner by the GOP and in turn are told that “These are the rules”.

    And, as expected, Schiff, after not getting what he wanted in the Senate Trial, RAN for the nearest hot microphone and start crying like a school girl.

    Then we get to see NEW, DAMNING evidence. A recording from Lev covering a conversation that he had with high office elected / appointed officials. This evidence was presumed to be, YET ANOTHER, “last nail in the presidents coffin”. That is until you look at the date and time of the recording along with the content. Then it takes on a new meaning.
    It is no less than a conversation stating that the Ambassador was being fired, we all knew that had happened. And it clearly illustrates that she was refusing to comply with the presidents foreign policy . Reason for dismissal in that the POTUS, and only the POTUS, sets foreign policy The ambassadors are required to EXICUTE that policy.
    She not only was refusing to do her duty but, as the recording established, she was instructing others not to comply with the orders set down by the Oval Office as well.
    In the recording the Ambassador is clearly directing others to NOT DO AS DIRECTED because the POTUS will soon be impeached.
    This conversation occurred more than a year before the impeachment debacle began!

    It is the same as hiring a plumber to fix a toilet and when he arrives he starts ripping off your roof. Then proclaiming that “No need to fix the plumbing until we have a solid roof over our heads”. Pretty bold move when she had no idea what the POTUS had in mind.
    So we got to watch the ambassador testify, in the house, that “she was victimized”. She professed that “she was In danger and this was made apparent VIA the statement by the chief of staff that “He can no longer protect her”. When in fact she was rightfully dismissed for dereliction of duty.
    We now know that she is little more than a disgruntled employee attempting to litigate for her old job back.
    We now know exactly way she was dismissed and it had noting to do with Trump, Biden, the Ukraine or the chief of staff. She was laboring under the impression that she simply did not answer to the president of the United States.

    Every Ambassador serves at the pleasure of the POTUS. And the POTUS needs no reason to dismiss one.
    The ambassadors “protesting” began more than a year before Nancy P. took the podium , at 1st in opposition to impeachment then later to announce impeachment, had taken place.
    I may be less "critical" if the DEM's had NOT telegraphed their punch by stating that "they will impeach Trump" the day he won.

  • Firewagon

    01/27/2020 03:21 PM

    "Los Angeles Police had grounded their helicopters because weather conditions didn’t meet their minimum safety standards." My son was an FA-18 driver and did tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He now flies for United. He has flown 'small' aircraft with his son along. He is an instrument-rated pilot in about anything that flies, however, not helos. He 'will not' leave the ground in any small aircraft, even if the thing has all-weather instruments, and he checks the weather in both directions; if there is much chance of having to 'spend the night' at the destination for an unknown period due to weather, they drive!

    Considering the 'foggy' conditions in the Bryant crash, it reminds of this: "At the time of the crash, the weather and light conditions were such that all basic landmarks were obscured, making visual flight challenging, although legally still permissible." That is from the John Kennedy crash in 1999, he was only certified for 'sight' available flight and not instrument rated.

    There are no words that can console those 'left behind' when losing anyone at any age; however, losing a child that has had little opportunity at life can only be borne through the 'Grace of God!' May God comfort all those so scarred in tragedy as only He can do!

  • Stephen Russell

    01/27/2020 02:01 PM

    Honoring Kobe:
    Sports Center
    Basketball camp
    Rd, Hwy, Ave, Blvd, St, Ct, Circle
    Luxury boxes for NBA
    High school
    Rename Staples: Kobe/Lakers Center
    Sports Camp

  • Lily Meyers

    01/27/2020 11:46 AM

    Great letter Govenor. But did tou know you can not find the opening arguments of the President’s leagal council form Saturday on Youtube?
    Eveybody eles is there, all the long tedious hours, but not the Saturday morning team. The most important of all.
    Me and my 2 friends searched for hours and one friend found the Saturday Opening arguments on the Diamond and Silk youtube show. She found this by accident and after a ton of searching I found the transcrips to read,
    I know we are not the greatest on the internet, but we always easily find things. This has been sesored by youtube and others. Now the Bolton thing is out, to sell books. There has never been a more important time for America to turn back to God.
    Yes, it is a tragedy that people don’t even know what the Holocaust was. By the way, George Orwell said in his book 1984, if you can control the past by whiping it out, you can control the future. My paraphrasing. This is what is happening. What can a simple person like myself do but pray for God’s mercy and grace on our great nation to wake up. But, if people cant even get the truth because it is not there to see, what do we do?
    God bless you Governor, you are a special person.