September 25, 2019

I’ve said for a long time --- and today I’m in very good company --- that if you want to know what Democrats are doing, look at what they’re accusing Republicans of doing. It just keeps happening, over and over, and it happened again yesterday, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s oddly timed statement that because of her deep commitment to the Constitution and the law (sure, Nancy), she was initiating a congressional impeachment inquiry against President Trump.

Never mind that her announcement means essentially nothing, as the House Judiciary Committee was already doing an “inquiry” and the full House hasn’t even voted on conducting one, as they are supposed to do. The idea here is mostly to take attention OFF what THEY are doing or have done. In this case, what the Democrats, specifically the Hillary campaign/DNC and the Biden family, have done relative to Ukraine and other foreign entities is so serious that, in their minds, they really have no choice but to try some misdirection: go after Trump on the mere hint that he might have done something similar. So now, after all the other accusations and investigations have fizzled, they’re off and running again.

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Their need for this is so urgent that Pelosi couldn’t even wait for the full, unredacted transcript of Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian president to be released. In fact, by the time my commentary appears, it likely will have been released, just as Trump has said it will be, and Trump is actually meeting face-to-face with Ukrainian President Zelensky on Wednesday; Zelensky has said he was not pressured by Trump. There’s also the upcoming Inspector General report on FISA abuse coming out very soon now, reportedly next week, which will add to the Democrats’ woes.

By admission, most Democrat activists don’t care WHAT Trump said to the Ukrainian president. As the theory goes, Trump could benefit from more scrutiny of the Bidens’ dealings in Ukraine –- assuming Joe Biden is the Democratic nominee, which was looking increasingly unlikely –- and he also was balking at sending aid to a country mired in corruption, so these two things must have a cause-and-effect relationship. The Democrats don’t need evidence that they are linked when the preferred narrative is that they are.

Aside: There are a few commendable exceptions. Even staunch Democrat Leslie Marshall said Tuesday that the Democrats are acting inadvisedly, getting ahead of themselves. Yes, all the stars aligned this week and Leslie Marshall and I are in full agreement, at least on this! Presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has also come out against it.

One has to wonder about Pelosi’s personal view on thisl; I had thought she believed more as Marshall does. During her statement, her talk of Ben Franklin and the Constitution seemed heartfelt and she even got even a little “ferklempt,” but when she came to the Big Moment to announce her impeachment inquiry, I thought her expression changed to reveal something else: a flicker of fear.

“There is no requirement there be a quid pro quo in the conversation,” she has said. “If the President brings up [that] he wants them to investigate something [concerning] his political opponent, that is self-evident that it is not right. We don’t ask foreign governments to help us in our election...”

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Sorry, Nancy, but that’s not the way it works. If it did, then anyone running against Donald Trump would be vaccinated against having his or her actions looked into, no matter how suspect or outright criminal they were. Oh, wait, I forgot –- in Hillary’s case, when SHE was running against Donald Trump, the FBI did treat her that way. So I guess in Nancy World, Joe Biden or anyone else running against Trump is vaccinated, too.

It boils down to this huge irony: The Democrats are accusing Trump of using the threat of withdrawing aid to Ukraine to pressure that government into investigating Joe and Hunter Biden. Republicans are accusing Joe Biden of using the threat of withdrawing aid to Ukraine to pressure that government into NOT investigating Burisma Holdings, where his son Hunter sits on the board. (How his son got on the board of this natural gas company with no qualifications whatsoever is another question.)

So, who actually is guilty of inappropriately pressuring Ukraine? We KNOW Joe Biden is, because he bragged about it in front of cameras and an audience full of people (who laughed in approval). But if I were a wagering man, I’d bet we find out today and later this week that there is no evidence Trump abused power in this way. As we’ve noted, the so-called “whistleblower” has no firsthand knowledge of Trump’s mid-July phone call with the president of Ukraine. The transcript is set to be released in full, with no redactions, on Wednesday. And the administration is fine with this person coming forward and testifying publicly. At this writing, they’re reportedly also having discussions over the release to Congress of the complaint in full.

As for this person, senior administration officials are saying that he or she, though still not publicly identified by name, has been found by the Intel Committee IG to be politically biased “in favor of a rival candidate of President Trump in 2020.” This person’s attorney, Andrew P. Bakaj, worked for Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton in 2001 and later spent years at the CIA and Defense Department.

As Rudy Giuliani told Laura Ingraham Tuesday night, “I think the Democrats have stepped into something way beyond what they realize. It reminds me of a fighter who is swinging wildly against a really skilled fighter who has a great right hand and puts him right down. They have walked into something that I was hoping they’d walk into for six months, and what they’ve exposed is probably, what it’s going to turn out to be, one of the major scandals of the early part of the 21st century, which is Joe Biden."

“...I think they [Democrats] are covering up for what will turn out to be massive corruption in the Obama administration.”

You know they are, Rudy. And that’s no doubt why I saw that little flicker of fear on Nancy Pelosi’s face.

Rudy’s rant at “Giuliani: Democrats are covering up mass corruption during Obama administration”...

Ingraham Angle

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John Solomon would agree with Rudy. Here’s his latest report, which Giuliani references in the above rant, on the Democrats’ election history with Ukraine. Dems have been pressuring Ukraine to do their bidding since before Trump was in office. This is very serious and involves the Obama White House. (Link below.) Solomon also reports that Connecticut Democrat Sen. Chris Murphy is STILL using veiled threats of withdrawing U.S. aid to pressure Ukraine to ignore requests for an investigation into allegations of past corruption involving Americans, including the Bidens. He’s doing the same sort of thing Trump’s being accused of, and boasts of it proudly!

Let's get real: Democrats were first to enlist Ukraine in US elections

Finally, here’s a great column that echoes much of what I’ve been saying, albeit a little more bluntly.

Why the Democrats Have Gone Insane

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  • Ronald Hart

    02/08/2020 01:06 PM

    Pelosi is a disgrace! She claims SOTU speech is a “manifesto of untruths.” Please name one!

  • Lynn Taylor

    09/27/2019 06:49 AM

    You need a white board to draw lines to all the Dem’s corrupt dots. 2016 was a very corrupt year (one of many) for the Democrats. WOW, so telling!

  • rodney burke

    09/26/2019 11:45 PM

    hilary seems to revolved around EVERYTHING these days. There isn't anything mentioned of a major nature that doesn't have her fingerprints all over it.

  • Norris R Harod

    09/26/2019 04:33 PM

    Does no one see the Democrat Leadership is pulling out all stops to destroy President Trump and Conservatives so they can continue to make money off their jobs like the millions/billions Biden and Hillary did? Cushy $300,000+ salaries for being on a Board, or doing nothing is what they have become accustom to having. That is the real power they want and will say or do anything to get back. That makes them very dangerous to the USA and why they must be badly defeated in 2020.

  • Vernon Hinz

    09/26/2019 04:30 PM

    This thing with Trump is totally out of control. It is so bad anymore I wonder who is controlling the airways. We watched Trump's speech at the UN the other day, it was right on best speech we ever heard. The only station who showed it was Fox. Later on all you heard or saw on the other net works were Impeach, impeach over and over, the next day when he released his transcripts on the phone had we were watching Fox again , guess what, all of a sudden there was no signal. No signal returned for over 3 hours till everything was over. BUT ALL THE LIBERAL NET WORKS HAD THE ENTIRE THING SPOUTING THEIR TRASH AS IT WAS GOING ON. Now what does that tell you.

  • Cynthia Frith

    09/26/2019 01:05 PM

    Here we go again...….and the public is left behind while the legislators fight over "he said, she said or did". Do you think we really need term limits, really?! It's amazing how the fake news press continues to banter about this garbage. With just a little bit of luck they may well help Trump walk away with another 4 years. One can only hope.....

  • Timothy McNeff

    09/26/2019 09:34 AM

    Amen Governor! Mom always told me, "be careful what you ask for Timmy"

  • Linda Rhodes

    09/26/2019 09:31 AM

    If this behavior is allowed to continue we can kiss our precious freedoms goodbye. Pelosi has over stepped the constitutional rights of the very Congress she represents. Get rid of her, she is a menus to our freedoms!!!

  • Libby Capps

    09/26/2019 07:33 AM

    This impeachment procedure is not only a waste of time and taxpayers money, it is a smoke screen. Biden is being thrown under the bus but like Hillary will never be prosecuted, Trump's base will stay loyal but crossover voters will waver. A new viable candidate, probably Michelle Obama, will emerge to be the Democratic nominee.

  • Cynthia Pacheco

    09/26/2019 12:27 AM

    Okay, as for me That’s It! No way am I going to vote for a Democrat again. Watch out, Republicans, I’m not really happy with you either.


    09/25/2019 11:48 PM

    Democrats are very lucky to have constituents as dumb as they are, it's the only way they get elected. One day a voter in their district will catch on that you can't squeeze water out of a rock and the news will spread faster that another false accusation of a Trump misdeed. Nah, they are too dumb to realize even that simple fact.

  • William Schlumpf

    09/25/2019 10:39 PM

    Only Republicans and democrats (re: michael flynn) who cooperate with Republicans are subject to investigation and slanderous hoaxes. Was listening to Martha Raddatz on the radio sunday afternoon interviewing James Mattis and Mike Pompeo. Raddatz tried to steer the interrogations, I mean interviews, to the Ukraine Hoax. When Mr Pompeo attempted to raise the issue of Biden's involvement in the firing of the Ukrainian general prosecutor. Raddatz interrupted by saying "there is no evidence of that yet." Yet she maintained that Trump had pressured the president of Ukraine 8 times to investigate Hunter Biden. To secretary Mattis she asked "Should a president be asking foreign leaders to investigate political opponents?" Maybe she has secret evidence from Adam Schiff's super secret stash. I kept waiting to hear the voice of Rod Serling break in informing me I had now entered the Twilight Zone.

    After today's events I have one and only one question of President Trump: What are your plans for your second term?

  • Carl Smith

    09/25/2019 08:31 PM

    Everyone who is acting surprised gives me pause. Hanging around the Clinton Cartel and the Obama Machine and still has clean hands must be wearing really dark Blinders. OLD MAXIMUM from the Smith Clan: YOUR JUDGED by the COMPANY YOU KEEP. As a matter of fact anyone who enters the septic tank, aka the Swamp, and comes out Smelling like a ROSE might also walk on water.

  • Rita Kathryn Mortensen

    09/25/2019 07:14 PM

    Trump's only crime is that he beat HRC out of "he'd turn. HRC said that there would be no rest in DC until the democrats are in full control again. Without facts senile Pelosi caves to the squad and says that no one is above the law. So with that being said we need a full blown investigation into Hunter and Joe. Let's extend it to Hunter and Joe and the Chinese banks.

  • Samuel Smith

    09/25/2019 06:44 PM

    Not much more can be said from all the comments that you have revived. When we live in Cal. back in the early 70's dad would buy the LA. Sunday Times, and always said it was a communist paper. I asked him then if it is a communist paper then why buy it? He told me so he could keep up with what is enemy is doing. If the people wold listen to the other side, they would get out and vote (clean the swamp).
    P.S. I do not know who stared the ?min. read, for me if I read that fast I will forget what I read 5 mins. later. Keep up the good work we need all we can get on keeping up with what our enemy is doing.

  • Rodney Salisbury

    09/25/2019 06:13 PM

    I would like to make one point clear. Joe Biden is not the democratic representative for president; he is competing with other democrats for that right. This being said “He Is Not Trumps Political Rival “ ! Trump did not ask a foreign government to look into roomers of wrongdoing on a political rival just a US citizen who would like to be Trumps rival.

  • Douglas Pinckney

    09/25/2019 05:39 PM

    Hi Mike,

    How come term limits have apparently never been pushed towards coming true?

    I'd like to know why and how Pelosi is even still in office? Her and these career politicians obviously their hands in many corrupted pockets to be elected for so long. They obviously get paid on an abusive level along with having expense accounts with no maximum limit including travel and luxurious living mixed within their expenses.

    I'd never leave either.

    These career politicians have completely lost touch with what their constituents request and hone don't care what the population wants. They only care about what their heavy pockets want and their only focus is how to stay in office.

    It's high time President Trump, even if by executive order, if he doesn't get the votes, which would be understandable because those votes would be killing their career time in politics, demands term limits be not only installed but installed in the way that the politicians who have already exceeded their limits, like Pelosi and Shuman, are out the door upon the next election. It's time to really Drain the Swamp!

    Let the populous voters newly elect new bodies of Senate and House Representatives and end the Savage corruption that has gone untouched for far too long.

    Oh, and I say by executive order, because this is an issue of national importance due to the level of corruption in both houses and there's no way President Trump would get the votes in either house because of it.

    Thank you and I'd appreciate your feedback on this idea,

    Doug Pinckney

  • Dave Newbry

    09/25/2019 05:37 PM

    Having now read the transcript, all I can say is the president was only doing his job. This ain't gonna bide well for the democRATs.

  • Linda Sakuma

    09/25/2019 05:21 PM

    I'm worried about our nation and our president! I'm sure I'm not the only one who is noticing how our president looks and sounds so weary and sad. With the blatant corruption he is fighting, it is shocking that so many people cant see it and be outraged. No one has questioned how we became 10 trillion more dollars in debt when there was nothing to show for it except the wealth acquired by some politicians and government " public servants".
    I think our president is now seeing how well organized and evil the deep state is and saddened by how many people it encompasses.
    Also I'm sure others have noticed the expression on Melania's face, and will be very critical of her, but her face reflects frustration and anger at what is being done to her husband, it clearly proves that she loves and is sincerely concerned for his welfare. She has probably never seen him so worn before.
    A good number of his opponents in the primary, Cruz, Graham, Carson and you have shown us that their aim was to serve our people more than winning an election. It's unprecedented that former opponents have joined the president and work together for the good of the country!
    It is imperative that we all pray fervently for our president, his Cabinet, our Congress, this is truly a battle of good versus evil today, the very future of our country is on the line, and not a matter of which political party you are in. There are many of us who believe that God will listen to us and give our leaders the wisdom and strength to beat the evil that is creeping over our country.

  • Pauline M

    09/25/2019 05:00 PM

    I would like to see an investigation of Nancy Pelosi and her family's business transactions, is there anyone else that would like this also?

  • Helen Corey

    09/25/2019 04:30 PM

    This is the most do-nothing Congress. They protect criminals and convict innocents with contrived evidence. Meanwhile, doctors are leaving their practices because they don’t want to waste time dealing with the bureaucracy Congress created with Obamacare, schools are turning out students who don’t have the skills to get a job, infrastructure is crumbling, medicine is increasing in price, spying by social media is the norm, Dems lie and get away with it, judges are corruptly siding with criminals, illegal voting is supported by Dems (Voter ID is considered criminal). My only solution is to send a nice fat check to the only person working for the US in DC—President Trump.

  • Keet Parakeet

    09/25/2019 04:16 PM

    Rep. Pelosi as a shrewd & skilled politician. She's been stuck with the barking dogs of the left who bark when they should stalk & plot. Her compatriots have gone nuts with the media over & over about charges which proved to have no evidence supporting it despite expensive long term investigation by persons looking hard at it with a desire to convict. The public has figured that out. It made her party look bad as they kept at it despite her advice. A different possible charge comes out & Snatch! Grab! Go for impeachment on something that hasn't (yet) been disproved to scrape a little Poo off the Democrats brand before the elections. Smart woman making the best of a bad hand of helpers. I don't like her politics or her lead around the neck fellow democrats politics, but I respect the political ability she possesses and uses to try & keep afloat.

  • Mary Jane Boyle

    09/25/2019 04:11 PM

    Thumbs down on Nancy's actions.

    Thumbs up on Nancy's facelift. She looks 20 years younger.

  • Joyce Birch

    09/25/2019 04:06 PM

    Actually I'm not surprised what the dems are doing! I'm praying really hard for our President. It's so hard to wrap my head around what Congress is doing. They hate the President with a passion. There's so many people with different opinions, that I get so confused. I watch Fox, the honest station. As most of the country is wanting Congress to do their job that getting paid to go!! We gone through millions of taxpayer dollars for these investigations. It's really clear they will not do anything until the 2020 election is over & then if a dem wins, we'll lose all gains that the President has done, foreign & domestic!

  • Robert McFate

    09/25/2019 04:05 PM

    Heard it through various sources that Durham is looking at this mess in regards to how the whole last two years of lie fest started!