We might have only barely started to “drain the swamp,” but as we learn more about the deep state --- and, yes, it’s REAL --- those who have been paying attention increasingly see how mired Washington is in muck.

For a good example, one that will chill any student of history who knows the horror caused by similar rationalizations, look at what ex-CIA Director John Brennan tweeted on Tuesday: “As in previous times of National peril, we rely on our military, diplomats, intelligence officials, law enforcement officers, and other courageous patriots to protect our liberties, freedom, & democracy. May they stay resolute & strong despite corrupt political headwinds they face.”

Where to start? Well, because this comes from John Brennan, we know that by “national peril,” he means the Trump administration, put into office by voters all across America like you and me who were concerned by what WE saw as national peril: the unelected bureaucrats Brennan is touting as the solution. He loathes us and the President we elected. He wants to take Trump down by any means necessary, including blatant deception, and in his mind doing that makes him a courageous patriot. The “political headwinds” are independent thinkers such as you and me. Brennan is going to “protect democracy” by discounting it. And if he’d succeeded, the people who would’ve taken Trump’s place would now be hard at work destroying our liberties in ways never before seen.

This is a dangerous, dangerous man –- and he’d be much more so if Hillary Clinton had been elected and he and his comrades had remained in power behind the scenes. (In fact, he and Hillary are cut from the same cloth. Her machinations go back decades; do you recall Craig Livingstone and the amassing of raw FBI files at the White House?) At least now Brennan has been outed for what he is.

Somehow, within the framework of this “democracy” they claim they want to save, government bureaucrats came to think THEY run the show. They take hold below the surface like root weevils. Elected officials come and go, but the incoming leaders had better conform to the policies of longtime government officials or they will be sabotaged at every turn. If the new President presents as big a challenge to the bureaucracy as Trump does, watch policy disagreements magically turn into “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

That is what happened when some State Department officials were called to testify before Intel Committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s kangaroo court---I mean, “impeachment inquiry” hearing. Trump has already released the full transcript of the call with Ukrainian President Zelensky that’s supposedly the basis for the "inquiry," and it shows no specific attempt to tie military aid with an investigation into the Bidens. It’s a normal diplomatic call, officially overheard by a number of State Department personnel and transcribed in the usual way. Zelensky, at the time of the call, didn’t even know there'd been a holdup in the payment, which did end up being made! The so-called “whistleblower” still remains anonymous and offered only hearsay and an extremely wrongheaded impression of the call, but Schiff forged ahead anyway and called two more officials to essentially give their opinions of Trump’s general approach to Ukraine.

Note: I should first mention that any quotes below come either from opening statements or in answer to Schiff-approved questions, as Schiff is actually stopping Republicans from asking questions he doesn’t like. According to Ranking Intel Committee member Devin Nunes, witnesses were also coached. Details at link:

https://www.foxnews.com/media/adam-schiff-vindman-devin-nunes-impeachment

National Security Council official Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who was on the phone call between Trump and Zelensky, disagrees with Trump on his policy in the Ukraine; we don’t know, but perhaps he was even the source for the “whistleblower’s” hearsay report. In his testimony before Schiff’s committee, he said, “I realized that if Ukraine pursued an investigation into the Bidens & Burisma, it would likely be interpreted as a partisan play which would undoubtedly result in Ukraine losing the bipartisan support it has thus far maintained.”

Now wait just a doggone minute. Why should the investigation of Burisma, rife with corruption, be considered a “partisan play”? Is it because Hunter Biden was on the board? And if so, doesn’t that tell us why Hunter Biden shouldn’t have BEEN on the board to begin with? The conflict of interest is staggering.

In his testimony, acting ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor said this: “To restore Ukraine’s independence, Russia must leave Ukraine. This has been and should continue to be a bipartisan U.S. foreign policy goal.” So, Mr. Taylor, who gets to decide this, YOU? If you think so, you are as misinformed as Rick in Casablanca, who came to Casablanca for the waters. The PRESIDENT gets to decide this. The State Department answers to the President, not the other way around. At least, that’s the way it’s supposed to work.

Obviously, what Schiff is doing with his “inquiry” is allowing witnesses to present opinions as evidence. There is no EVIDENCE-evidence; we’ve seen the transcript of the call, and it isn't there. FOX News’ Gregg Jarrett agrees…

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/gregg-jarrett-adam-schiffs-drive-to-impeach-trump-based-on-opinions-deception-and-illusions-not-facts

Andrew C. McCarthy, writing in NATIONAL REVIEW, argues that Trump has got to start presenting his side of the case, not just criticizing the unfairness of the process. McCarthy has provided some direction on that score, pointing out that the national interests of neither the U.S. or Ukraine were harmed by the delay in transferring the aid, that the Ukrainian government was never pressed into investigating the Bidens, and that the facts of this case “pale in comparison to the Obama administration’s 2016 collusion with foreign powers and exploitation of intelligence and law-enforcement powers in the investigation of Trump’s campaign.”

I would add that much more relating to that last point will be coming out shortly, with the reports by IG Michael Horowitz and U.S. Attorney John Durham. This is one reason why Democrats want to the media to be “all impeachment, all the time.” As Jeff Zucker at CNN has demonstrated, their friends in the media are only too glad to play that role.

Here’s the link to McCarthy’s full commentary (this is the second of two parts, but it recaps part 1); this is a commendably even-handed defense that acknowledges some problems with Trump’s diplomatic style yet explains very well why these don’t rise to the level of impeachment.

https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/10/the-presidents-best-ukraine-defense-not-an-impeachable-offense/

I especially love his defense of Trump’s use of Giuliani to go around the State Department. (Bill Taylor, in his testimony, expressed concern about this “irregular” channel, when virtually every President has had a back channel.) Though McCarthy observes that doing this has caused problems for the President, he offered a brilliantly understated observation: “If President Trump believes the unaccountable federal bureaucracy works against him because it thinks it knows better, that is not merely a figment of his admittedly active imagination.”

Anyone who doubts this should just go back and re-read Brennan’s tweet until it sinks in.

……………

Incidentally, speaking of William Taylor, he’s Exhibit A in the case to be made about the murkiness of the State Department swamp. Not to go all conspiracy-theory on you, but take a look at the lines that can be drawn between Bill Taylor and the Atlantic Council, which is a think tank funded by Burisma Holdings (where Hunter Biden was on the board), George Soros’ Open Society Foundations, Google, and the U.S. State Department (!). Taylor also participated in events organized by David J. Kramer, a long-time advisor to the late Sen. John McCain; Kramer was involved in disseminating the Trump “dossier” to Obama officials and the media. There’s much more at the link; sure makes you wonder how objective a witness Mr. Taylor can be when it comes to President Trump.

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  • Kay DeWitt

    11/03/2019 07:59 PM

    I was cleaning out my inbox of emails when I decided to re-read this newsletter and the comments that followed and, upon reading the comment LINDA WOLFE wrote I was SO blessed to read the summation statement she wrote that I received it as, what I have come to refer to as, an heavenly hug because Linda re-echoed MY cry and it was so edifying to me to learn that there ARE Christians out there who DO share my (His) cry! I don't know if Linda will ever READ this comment but, just in case she DOES, I want to thank her for being used of God to bless me...AND her using the donkey & the elephant vs the LAMB was magnificent and I am going to QUOTE what she said and make sure that everyone KNOWS that a Christian, by the name of Linda Wolfe, penned these magnificent words! Praise the Lord!

  • rodney burke

    11/01/2019 10:27 PM

    It's blowing up in their faces. Everyone who comes to schiff has zero creds and NO facts. Opinion in not evidence. Morrison is the only one who actually has any facts and he blows the rest out of the water. Taylor being who he is, has no credibility about anything. It's becoming very obvious that Schiff is making it up and expecting us to just accept his word. His word is dirt. It's okay, let them dig the hole deeper. GITMO is ready to accept them.

  • William Taylor

    10/31/2019 03:35 PM

    Mr. Huckabee, you said, “ In his testimony, acting ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor said this: “To restore Ukraine’s independence, Russia must leave Ukraine. This has been and should continue to be a bipartisan U.S. foreign policy goal.” So, Mr. Taylor, who gets to decide this, YOU? If you think so, you are as misinformed as Rick in Casablanca, who came to Casablanca for the waters. The PRESIDENT gets to decide this.“ Isn’t it also possible that Mr. Taylor doesn’t know what President Trump’s policy toward Ukraine is (assuming its different from what’s stated?). I don’t think I’ve seen a press conference to tell us what it is. Doesn’t it also seem unlikely that any country would want hostile military forces of another country in its borders as we see with Russian forces in Ukraine?

  • Jean R Simpkins

    10/31/2019 03:28 PM

    Governor, I have read that we are sending big bucks to Ukraine to help them stay out of Russia's clutches. That may or may not work. Can you explain to me why we send monetary aid to so many countries? I know I don't understand all the reasons, but some of these places don't even like us. Thank you for your time.

  • Roger A. Nash

    10/31/2019 11:19 AM

    If an impeachment of President Trump does take place, will the gop abandon the president much like they did with Nixon? And how would the results affect our country, would the gop stand pat like they did in 1974 and will they ever be a political force again?

  • Helen C

    10/31/2019 08:40 AM

    Schiff is running an US Democrat kangaroo court against a sitting president. I object to Schiff’s tact of not allowing a defendant to defend himself and Pelosi covering Schiff’s backside. Accused (President) has not been allowed to ask questions of Schiff’s witness, has not been allowed representation at his own trial. Pelosi is now changing rules of Schiff’s court by saying Schiff’s witnesses can be questioned but not any witnesses that have already testified. Schiff does not have anyone left to testify, ie, no witnesses left to question by President. What kind of fools does Pelosi think the people (voters) are?

  • Jerry Korba

    10/31/2019 08:05 AM

    The public needs to know the outcome on our country interactions with other countries yes. Our country's population does not know or understands how Communist Socialists Dictators Middle Eastern or African governments operate they are without knowledge how are Government works so the best thing we as citizens can do is look for the results of any policies put in place are they helpful for our best interest can the other country benefit without ripping off our country. People do your every day functions let our President work he is cleaning up Generations of unworkable policies made by past Administrations it took decades of bad decisions to get to this point, the oceans are an example of pollution do you believe we can clean them up in a year no its the same as our congress and Senate it will take time, retirements are a start, we need business people along with honest people working our Government if you don't have any of the values Honesty and a Business sense Retire. We want Sharp people that will work for now and our Future. Build America this country may be the only country left on the Planet that can help all people let Freedom Flourish!!!!!!!!!! MAGA

  • Marianne N Lang

    10/30/2019 10:21 PM

    Is it true that Pelosi moved 2.4 billion out of Social Security to pay for all this impeachment nonsense?

  • Joseph Leonard

    10/30/2019 08:34 PM

    I am sick and tired of all the Democratic attacks on a man I voted for. I will NEVER vote for a Democratic after this nonsense.

  • Larry Gene Smddy

    10/30/2019 08:30 PM

    Why doesn’t FOI apply to the DOJ or other departments in government. Who made these career bureaucrats exempt?

  • jo ella

    10/30/2019 06:05 PM

    NO

  • McRae F Williams

    10/30/2019 05:54 PM

    I could not agree with you more ! Lt. Colonels who don't make the next level ( being appointed to the War College and a path to become a General Officer ) are usually headed for retirement. This can lead to grumbling .. They appear on news shows every day as experts . They give opinions not Evidence ! Most everyone has an ear .and everyone has an opinion.. All these so called "witnesses "Are political enemies of the President. and Not Great Patriots !

  • BARRY LIGUS

    10/30/2019 05:38 PM

    Both military and civilian individuals take an oath of office that demands adherence to regardless of who is in office, what party they belong to, and what policy they pursue (unless illegal).
    Any one that does not believe they can uphold their oath is more than welcome to resign and seek other employment. Being a federal employee is a priviledge, not a right, predicated on following the oath given and the laws and regulations that govern the position.
    There are way too many immature liberals in government that think their feelings are what count and that the oath of office is just a stupid formality.

  • Carmine Fea

    10/30/2019 05:33 PM

    I am disappointed in Andrew McCarthy for writing the National Review article. McCarthy fails, in many instances, to give President Trump credit that is due him. As a voter, I should know what there is to know about Biden, and all voters must know about Biden in order to make the best decision possible when casting their vote. McCarthy believes President Trump was wrong to want to reveal Biden's conduct in the Ukraine because Biden could be running against him. Biden bragged about his blackmail in the Ukraine. McCarthy would pretend Biden did not use blackmail with taxpayer money in the Ukraine, would leave Biden's conduct to others, while President Trump hits Biden's conduct in the Ukraine straight on as a leader should. That is something we like about Trump, he is a leader, intelligent, has courage, thinks uncommonly large, and stands tall, above the Andrew McCarthy's and other small, uptight thinking people, particularly swamp influenced politicians.

  • Linda Wolfe

    10/30/2019 05:20 PM

    All Donkeys are under the influence of their father, the devil. They want to close your church, jail your pastor, steal your money & give it to lazy moochers, take away your guns & kill your babies.
    It boils down to the 3 root sins, lust of the flesh, lust of the eye & the pride of life.
    America needs the LAMB, not the elephant, & certainly not the donkey. God's people need to rise up & fight the good fight of faith.

  • Carol Hethcox Merrill

    10/30/2019 04:36 PM

    No impeachment. Stop this nonsense now, the President has been cleared. Drop your charges.

  • Joanne

    10/30/2019 03:33 PM

    Quid pro quo happens all the time in foreign relations. A good example is how Bill Clinton and Barack Obama required third world governments to make abortion available --even in those countries who rejected it as immoral--as a condition to receive our foreign aid.

  • John Edwards

    10/30/2019 03:21 PM

    Great president !

  • William Taylor

    10/30/2019 03:09 PM

    Mr. Huckabee, you said, “ In his testimony, acting ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor said this: “To restore Ukraine’s independence, Russia must leave Ukraine. This has been and should continue to be a bipartisan U.S. foreign policy goal.” So, Mr. Taylor, who gets to decide this, YOU? If you think so, you are as misinformed as Rick in Casablanca, who came to Casablanca for the waters. The PRESIDENT gets to decide this.“ Isn’t it also possible that Mr. Taylor doesn’t know what President Trump’s policy toward Ukraine is (assuming its different from what’s stated?). I don’t think I’ve seen a press conference to tell us what it is. Doesn’t it also seem unlikely that any country would want hostile military forces of another country in its borders as we see with Russian forces in Ukraine?

  • Cheryl Boerst

    10/30/2019 03:03 PM

    I don't always leave comment but I do always read your articles. So nice to have everything summed up in 5 minutes of reading. You always tell it like it is Mr. Huckabee. It is great to get information like you tell it in easy to understand writing also including the proof with posts and links. Thank You!!

  • Robert McFate

    10/30/2019 02:56 PM

    You forgot the statement made by Clapper to the effect that they were just following order from Obama!

  • Firewagon

    10/30/2019 02:53 PM

    "Et tu Brute" America, from day to day, appears to be Rome redux!

  • Gina C. Nelson

    10/30/2019 02:42 PM

    Shifty Schiff is behaving more like a Communist dictator than as an American Congressional fair-minded individual. Why, after the lies he's spouted. is he still able to keep not only his Chairmanship, but remain a member of Congress - he should be thrown out of Congress for malfeasance If a Republican had acted in this despicable manner, he/she would have been thrown out immediately!!! It's time the Republicans stand up to this despicable behavior by the Democrats

  • Gina C. Nelson

    10/30/2019 02:39 PM

    Shifty Schiff is behaving more like a Communist dictator than as an American Congressional fair-minded individual. Why, after the lies he's spouted. is he still able to keep not only his Chairmanship, but remain a member of Congress - he should be thrown out of Congress for malfeasance If a Republican had acted in this despicable manner, he/she would have been thrown out immediately!!! It's time the Republicans stand up to this despicable behavior by the Democrats

  • Michael Caruso

    10/30/2019 02:22 PM

    When Dem o wits were in the minority they pulled stunts like Schiff asking an empty chair questions. The fact he expected an answer proves his insanity. I feel this whole thing is another collusion delusion to redirect attention from the upcoming IG and Durham reports and prosecutions. What else could it be... It will never get through the Senate as crafted and the inquiry vote and rules are a sham, so why waste time and money on this mess. I feel the cost should be on the house rather than the taxpayers. If it was then this BS would stop mighty quick