December 4, 2019

Today starts the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment hearings, not with any evidence of wrongdoing (because there wasn’t any), but with several legal professors offering their opinions --- again with the OPINION --- of whether or not this President warrants impeachment. Before they get into that, I think it would be a great idea if Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, ranking member of the committee, began his opening statement on Wednesday (or any day of the hearings, for that matter) with these words:

Collins: “To inject a note of bipartisanship into these extremely partisan proceedings, I’d like to quote from our esteemed chairman from the Democratic side, Jerrold Nadler, when he was a congressman in 1998, on the issue of impeachment:

(ahem) “‘The effect of impeachment is to overturn the popular will of the voters as expressed in a national election. We must not overturn an election and remove a President from office except to defend our very system of government or our constitutional liberties against a dire threat. And we must not do so without an overwhelming consensus of the American people and of their representatives in Congress of the absolute necessity…

“‘There must never be a narrowly voted impeachment or an impeachment substantially supported by one of our major political parties and largely opposed by the other. Such an impeachment would lack legitimacy, would produce divisiveness and bitterness in our politics for years to come, and will call into question the very legitimacy of our political institutions.’

(Collins, continuing) “That was our esteemed chairman, Jerrold Nadler in 1998. No matter what anyone thinks today about the impeachment of President Clinton, it cannot be argued that he did not break the law. He absolutely did, and truly brought shame upon the Oval Office. Here, we have a situation that is inherently political in nature, with no crime, and yet the chairman of this committee has set aside what he said in 1998. That alone should tell the American public all they need to know about the blatant hypocrisy going on here today.”

That’s what Rep. Collins should say for the record. If the quote from Nadler is familiar, it’s probably because you read my newsletter or visited my website on Tuesday. I include it again today, right up front, to make sure you didn’t miss it and also to make the point that it absolutely needs to be read into the record at the hearing.

Anyone who can’t see the double standard at work in 2019 has got to be higher than Jerry Nadler’s pants. Now, THAT’S impaired.

Anyway, here we go to the next round of hearings, and, as part of its hand-off to the Judiciary Committee (where such proceedings normally start), the House Intel Committee has released its report. Republican House Intel Committee member Brad Wenstrup of Ohio said to Sean Hannity on Tuesday, “...Frankly, after reviewing the document today, I don’t think America’s ready to bow to Adam Schiff’s superior imagination, if you will. It’s been interesting the last three years, everything they falsely accuse people of doing are things they’ve actually done themselves.”

Hey, we’ve been pointing that out from the start.

Wenstrup continued, “I think that our team on the Judiciary Committee is just as prepared as we were on the Intelligence Committee to let America know the truth, and there’s nothing impeachable here.”

As for Schiff’s 14,000-word impeachment report, it was approved Tuesday evening, as expected, on a straight party-line vote, as expected. Goodness, how could any patriotic member of Congress not vote for this, with its reference to George Washington himself at the top? (Still, the WASHINGTON POST reports that to bolster their case, Democrats may add new articles based on...drum roll please...the Mueller report.) Hilariously, Schiff told reporters he’s “going to reserve judgement” on whether or not to vote for impeachment. You know, I don’t think he’s capable of telling the truth, even if doing so –- for once –- would actually help him.

Alan Dershowitz describes Democrats’ attempt to tar the President with obstruction-related charges as “much worse than weak –- it’s extremely dangerous” to the founding fathers’ notion of the balance of power, and it’s certainly not grounds for impeachment. And Michael Goodwin at the NEW YORK POST has a great column on Schiff’s report, complimenting him on his skills as a sensationalist…

I also like the way Sean Hannity described it, “chock full of nothing but conspiracy theories, left-wing opinions, conjecture, hearsay witnesses, complaints about Donald Trump’s foreign policy by people who think they’re more important than a duly-elected President and a whole lot of outright lies.”

Republicans released their own report, shredding Schiff to shreds (pardon my fun with alliteration)…

Of course, while all this is going on, we’re still waiting for Monday’s release of the Horowitz report, which, as I’ve warned, might possibly turn out like the typical internal sweep-the-dirt-under-the rug investigation, at least in part. If reports are accurate that Attorney General Bill Barr does not agree with all of its conclusions, he’s bound to have very solid reasons for that. (And no, he's not acting as “the President’s lawyer.”) Paul Sperry at RealClearInvestigations has put together an outstanding look at Horowitz’s track record for cutting his colleagues unwarranted slack, and it is quite dismaying. I’ve already mentioned the example of his off-the-wall determination in the FBI’s probe into Hillary’s email server, but there’s more: take a look at the numerous other times Horowitz has pulled punches or let things slide…

The original, much more detailed version…

'Straight Shooter' Justice Dept. Watchdog Has Held His Fire on Powerful People | RealClearInvestigations

As I’ve said, wait for U.S. Attorney John Durham’s report, which is a criminal investigation.

According to investigative reporter John Solomon, there will be 6 to 12 major factual issues concerning mistakes or abuse that the IG has identified in his report. Some are very serious, such as the intentional falsifying of FISA documents and withholding exculpatory statements, as from George Papadopoulos and Carter Page. Solomon made this prediction on Tuesday’s HANNITY show: “I think the report is going to reveal that back in 2015, the FBI was warned by Great Britain that there were concerns about Christopher Steele’s reliability, specifically his use of sub-sources. And remember, why is that important? The FBI claimed in that footnote they had no derogatory information about Christopher Steele. I think that’s going to be a big highlight in the report.”

The problem here, though, is whether Horowitz acknowledges this for what it had to have been, deliberate fraud perpetrated on the FISA court, or treats it as just a case of “bungling.” If he excuses this travesty and says simply that “mistakes were made,” that will not be acceptable, not by a long shot. We’re wise to this tactic; it's happened too many times. “Mistakes” on this scale and at this level don’t happen for no reason. And the top people at the FBI made their motives crystal clear.

In the meantime, if you plan to watch the "legal experts" testify Wednesday, guard your brain cells and your blood pressure.  Take breaks, walk around the block, breathe some fresh air.  Remember:  we watch the hearings so you don't have to!

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  • Garry Mertz

    12/05/2019 08:55 PM

    We need to send Nancy a semi load of peaches for Christmas if we could get some donations

  • Richard Volk

    12/05/2019 08:37 AM

    Thank you for all you are doing and have done. I have great love for our country and to see what
    the political spectrum is doing to it, makes me "sique" to my stomach. Isn't their any course
    that can be done to stop the lies? There is never any proof in what the Dems proclaim and
    the end product is slanderish, to say the least.
    Thanks for listening, you and your daughter are great patriots......
    An 8 year veteran, R Volk with a vote for Donald Trump!

  • Susan Whitson

    12/05/2019 05:29 AM

    History will judge this circus. Unfortunately, they will probably write the book.

  • Reissa Reedy

    12/05/2019 12:51 AM

    Could you explain the legality of the HPSCI acquiring the phone records by subpoena? Why are these public information? Thanks.

  • Linda Orf

    12/04/2019 06:10 PM

    We all need to hold our President up in prayer DAILY. I don’t know anyone who could withstand the constant barrage of hateful rhetoric that he receives. God bless President Trump. Pour out your Holy Spirit, be his shield and his buckler and continue to give him the wisdom and discernment he needs to protect our nation, the nation that you Lord, inspired over 200 years ago. Thank you and as always, all glory be to Jesus. Amen.

  • April Allison-Garlow

    12/04/2019 05:35 PM

    Thank God for you because I cannot watch the impeachment hearings. Its like watching a pack of rabid raccoons, with their glazed over eyes, drooling and stumbling around, teeth bared, attacking anyone with no reason,for their viciousness--sick puppies. All of a sudden they are worried that the founding fathers will be mad--about a phone call ? I think if they are mad it will be because of all the worse things than that--endless wars, skyrocketing debt, moral depravity--the denial of the right to life--and on and on.

  • Mary Lamphere

    12/04/2019 05:00 PM

    I'm really glad you keep us informed. We trust you!!

  • Mary Coldsnow

    12/04/2019 04:59 PM

    Governor, I watched less than an hour of this farce and was so sickened by the lies and attitudes of the Democrats and their “expert witnesses.” Thank you for watching so I don’t have to see anymore!

  • Michael

    12/04/2019 04:57 PM

    This comment is about Kamala Harris dropping out as candidate - celebration !!!! That woman should have scared people with even a fourth of a brain !!! She reminded me too much of that fraud Obama. I hope that every day more and more Americans are waking up to that this nation can never afford again to have the Democrats be in control of the House, Senate or White House. Praying for a landslide "red wave" in November 2020, but it is going to take great masses to get out an vote. Vote to outnumber the cheating or fraud votes by the Democrats, vote to not let our nation fall to socialism and open borders that the Democrats want, vote to save this nation from the Democrats evil agenda, etc. etc, but just get out and vote !!!!!!!!

  • Robbie Mize

    12/04/2019 04:36 PM

    Thank you again for watching for me...and all the rest who cannot take it. My BP would be out the roof and I would be on the verge of a stroke. I do believe though, that what goes around, comes around and at some point, this house of cards is going to collapse in on itself because of all the lies. I have been praying.

  • Amelia Little

    12/04/2019 03:26 PM

    As I try to point out to liberal fb friends--do you really think that, if there was ANY, ANY, ANY "evidence" of anything to impeach President Trump that it would take them THREE years. numerous "investigation," numerous "hearings" to prove it? THERE IS NO THERE THERE, (even I think it was feinstein, could have been good ol' maxine said so barely into the first months of the mueller kangaroo court circus. What kind of moron would think that, if shifff, as he's been INSISTING from the beginning of at least the mueller stuff, actually had any evidence of ANYTHING, would just hold on to that "evidence" for YEARS? For any of the anti-Trumpers, it sure doesn't say much for their intelligence.

    Thank goodness for satellite TV. 48 hrs is on all day, will watch that and Judge Judy--wait for you evening edition to see if there was anything worth knowing about the hearing. And, I do appreciate you and your staffers who actually watch this stuff---so I don't have to!!!

  • LaVoe Potter

    12/04/2019 02:56 PM

    Thank you so much for your in-depth news and thoughtful comments re: current events!. My day is not complete w/o U.

  • Charles Aho

    12/04/2019 02:37 PM

    Obviously this corruption at the highest level of our justice system will take a lot of time to unravel this RESISTANCE. I believe that the rats will start turning on each other as the indictments and subpoenas process begin.

  • Kevin J Cook

    12/04/2019 01:11 PM

    The Democrat lust for power is satanic

  • Tony Weaver

    12/04/2019 01:10 PM

    Is this statement an abuse of power ?
    “If congress won’t act, then I will.”
    It seems I heard it several times in the past

    Thanks for all you do. Dig in and keep up the great work

  • Dolores

    12/04/2019 01:03 PM

    First, Melania was stunning in her white outfit and coat. All you jealous witches out there, why don’t you try to make yourselves as beautiful and classy as she is, or did you learn long ago that you can’t turn a sow’s ear into a silk purse? Second, anyone who believes a word out of Shifty’s mouth should be condemned to watch 25 hours of his speeches. As a practicing Catholic, I assure you that Joe Biden is NOT a Catholic. Finally, now that President Trump has ripped off the facade of the corrupt ruling class, it is time for Righteous Anger. VOTE! Take a friend with you, make calls, volunteer. Look at what the Dems have done in New York and California and Maryland and be afraid. Be very afraid.

  • Janice Short

    12/04/2019 12:51 PM

    I am SO tired of all the bellyaching from the Democrats. I wouldn't vote for a Democrat if they were the only ones running for an office. I was once a Democrat but am no longer. They are so far out in left field now, it is ridiculus! President Trump is doing a good job & that is what has the Democrats so mad. They want someone they can bully & he is definetly not that person. Finally we have someone in the office of President who won't back down & the Dems can't stand it.

  • Harold Lewis Levi

    12/04/2019 12:44 PM

    We have positive proof that the Marxist-Democrats lie! Of course, we all knew that from the beginning. Nads is just another two-faces Marxist pushing their Marxist line to take the People's freedom and government away from them.

  • Patrick Tebo

    12/04/2019 12:32 PM

    Today’s hearing sounded literally scripted - read by a third grader. Really? We’re referencing British Parliamentry proceedings going back to the Burrough of Windsor???

  • Ron

    12/04/2019 12:31 PM

    Dear Mr. Huckabee,

    You quote Mr. Nadler's response in 1998 to impeachment and he says, "(We must not overturn an election...) must not do so without an overwhelming consensus of the American people" in regards to Impeachment. I'd like to point out that Nadler isn't being a Hypocrite in pursuing impeachment now. This is because he does not consider the 63 million people who voted for Trump to be Americans, much less People. And most of his Constituents, whomever they may be, do support Impeachment. Although to be honest, Impeachment is just a strategy to end game they have for us in 2020... So really, we have 63 million people against a handful of democrats pushing all of this nonsense... Who do you think will win when push comes to shove?

  • rodney burke

    12/04/2019 12:23 PM

    ultimately it is Durham and Barr whose conclusions are the ones that count.I'm sure but not certain that Horowitz is not man enough to tell the real truth. As Bongino says "He's a Swamp rat." He, Horowitz, can't ignore the fact that bogus info was used to get three renewals of a FISA warrant. He can't be THAT dumb. But, being a lib it is very possible. I am looking for a vote that is NOT what Nan and Schfty want. A dem rejection of this stupidity. Then what are they going to do? NO talking points for the election. That will be worth a good laugh! and rational dems will vote rational.

    Bloomberg wants to take our rights away on a whim? Really. That is Leninism.

  • james randolph

    12/04/2019 12:15 PM

    The REPUBLICANS should offer NANCY two options:
    (1) Publicly CLOSE the "inquiry" and declare POTUS exonerated in perpetuity ..
    (2) VOTE, and turn the mess over to the REPUBLICAN SENATE for trial.
    I personally "double dog dare" Nancy to continue.
    If Graham and McConnell actually have spines, they can drain a lotta swamp...
    SCOTT McKAY has details: "Absolutely, Let’s Have an Impeachment Trial"
    The House should vote to impeach President Trump and the Senate should start a trial — so the REAL fireworks can begin.

  • judith jakub

    12/04/2019 12:04 PM

    It STILL blows my mind that this country, one of the MOST powerful and respected is being systemically destroyed by the "enemy within". Duly elected American legislatures are forcefully delaying truth, liberty and freedom to OUR POTUS and ALL AMERICANS. It's disgustingly ugly and slanderous because a patriot, of OUR POTUS stature, is being crucified because he is a "business man" who has the welfare and freedoms for ALL Americans, his solemn oath, to fight to right the wrongs perpetrated by the previous occupant of our White House, who's ONLY aim is to hand us over to the muslim/communistic agenda of ultra-rich outsiders. Totally disgusted.

  • Carolyn Branstetter

    12/04/2019 11:54 AM

    Someone who has the connections ( hopefully you) needs to make absolutely sure Nadler’s statement is read into the permanent record. It is a travesty of justice, on so many occasions, that they take one stand when it is convenient at the time and another stand at another time. The border wall, illegal immigrants. Rampant hypocrisy. I, and millions of American citizens, are sick of it. The people in power, whoever that is, Republican Congress members especially, need to do something about the corruption in Washington. They need to hold people accountable when they have been found guilty of a crime, not letting them slide. They never even get a slap on the wrist. Republicans need to do their job or they could be out of one.

  • Barbara McCroskey

    12/04/2019 11:25 AM

    Thank you for watching so I don't have to ! So far, about 10 minutes is my limit. It makes me furious to see such a waste of my tax money. What must we be paying Congress per hour to waste that hour and furthermore, treat folks with such disrespect and civility? It's true, you can't hide class. (Or lack thereof.)