October 8, 2019

“I’m concerned that if we don’t impeach this President, he will get re-elected. If we don’t impeach him, he will say he has been vindicated.”

Texas Democrat Rep. Al Green let this slip on MSNBC last May, revealing that the relentless effort to impeach Trump is all just politics. Of course, if Democrats are able to remove Trump from office, that means Vice President Mike Pence gets a big-time promotion, but don’t think Democrats haven’t thought of that. A “President Pence” is absolutely unacceptable to them. In fact, I wrote just a few days ago that some in the Democrat Party are likely strategizing to take down both President Trump and Vice President Pence, leaving Nancy Pelosi next in the line of succession. Pelosi might stay in office for awhile or resign right away and leave the Presidency to her second-in-command.

Sure enough, former Watergate prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks mused about it on MSNBC:

“You could impeach Pence first. The problem is that Donald Trump then has to name his replacement. But I think that maybe a deal could be struck where he was told if you don’t make a replacement, then Nancy Pelosi does become President. And so you are going to be impeached and convicted; you need to make this replacement so that the proper party remains in power.”

Ah, “the proper party”? Talk about a palace coup. As I recall, when Bill Clinton was impeached in the House, the articles of impeachment included 11 felonies, including lying under oath and suborning perjury. Though many disagreed that impeachment was the right solution even then, it must be acknowledged that Clinton had broken the law; he even had to surrender his law license for a time. The Democrats’ attempt to go after Trump is simply to make sure “the proper party” is in power, preferably before any more Supreme Court justices are appointed, and they will do this by any means necessary.

It doesn’t matter that Trump hasn’t committed impeachable offenses as the framers of the Constitution thought of them. Analysts currently like to say that impeachment is a political process, not a legal one, and they’ve been repeating it over and over in recent days. But this truism is about as true as others such as “Children never lie” and “You can indict a ham sandwich.” (Children are talented fibbers and not everyone gets indicted; ask Hillary Clinton.) Impeachment was SUPPOSED to be saved for gross misconduct and abuse of power, not for what we’ve seen –- which would have been ignored or excused if Obama had done it. If impeachment is turned into merely a political process that can be done just to overturn an election or as political payback for some perceived slight, the future of our nation is dire. (And if a President’s phone calls with foreign leaders can’t be confidential, that compounds the disaster.) Thanks to Tucker Carlson for bringing Wine-Banks’ nonsense to a wider audience –- one that can appreciate what nonsense it is –- on Monday night.

That clip was followed by an interview with former State Department official (and whistleblower) Peter Van Buren, who observed that since the first “whistleblower” report surfaced, the entire transcript has been turned over and is available online for anyone to read. “It’s clearly not crazy or frightening; it clearly doesn’t represent any kind of demand for quote-unquote quid pro quo or anything along those lines,” Van Buren said. And since the transcript has been made public, the claims of any whistleblower would seem to be moot. But Van Buren does describe a “sort of a three-way pitch and toss” being played by the Democrats, the media and the so-called whistleblower.

He thinks the second whistleblower must be essentially the source for the first whistleblower. So there’s nothing new here, and the transcript is already out. But this creates what is referred to in the CIA as a “feedback loop.” They use a second source as a backup to the first and imply that the initial source is more credible by “feeding information into the loop.”

I would add that this is what they seem to have done with the Steele dossier as well. Accounts from multiple sources strengthened the case for the dossier itself, but these were actually reports that came FROM the dossier. All they really had was the made-up dossier.

Of course, we know that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, whom Speaker Nancy Pelosi tasked with running the so-called impeachment inquiry (unofficial, since there hasn’t been a vote), was in on the ruse and has lied repeatedly. As long as he could get away with it, he pretended he and his office staff had had no contact with the first whistleblower; later we found out he or she had originally come to them for direction. We also know that in filling out the complaint, the whistleblower should have disclosed this contact but chose to leave that space blank. These are just a few of the lies; the capper may have been when, during a congressional hearing, Schiff “parodied” President Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky, putting outrageous words in his mouth and making him sound like a gangster.

(Incidentally, it occurred to me that since Pelosi put Schiff in charge of the impeachment “inquiry,” replacing House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerrold Nadler ---who has been obsessed with impeachment since the day Trump was elected --- we haven’t heard a peep from Nadler. Not that I’m complaining, but what’s going on with that? I digress.)

One thing that needs to be clarified about the whistleblower story is the report that the rules were changed just beforehand to allow for second-hand information. Democrats say this is incorrect and accuse Republicans of indulging in conspiracy theory. Margot Cleveland looked into it, and I’ve linked to her report below. The Intel Community IG (ICIG) put out a statement on October 1 acknowledging he had changed the form in response to the Trump whistleblower, saying it was because certain language in the form made it seem as though only firsthand information was allowed when that was not correct. But what he didn’t make clear in the statement was whether or not the ICIG had previously had a policy of allowing only firsthand information. And if he hadn’t, why would such emphatic language (“FIRST-HAND INFORMATION REQUIRED”) appear on the form, in total caps no less?

After thoroughly examining this issue, Cleveland still ends up with the concern that the ICIG’s office changed its whistleblower policy to get Trump. What do you think?


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  • Harlean Greathouse

    02/10/2020 04:11 PM

    I think the Dems made a mistake when they decided that they "had" President Trump this time, and they forgot that he is very unpredictable. If they had not opened that bottle so soon, I don't think they would have ever tried to impeach at this time. They thought they were geniuses to think about their moves. They demanded transcripts of the phone call. But they were so sure that he would fight them on that. If they had waited for him to answer their demands, I don't think they would have tried it. Once he handed them over, they couldn't figure out what else to do. They keep setting traps, and he keeps snapping them with no rewards. They keep hollering about how much money he is spending. Well how much has been spent of taxpayers money to keep up this sham for almost 4 years. They could have had a good start on paying for infrastructure that is badly needed. And many other "real problems".

  • Janice Toberts

    01/28/2020 01:20 PM

    I believe this all boils down to President Trump’s promise to get rid of “the swamp.” I think almost all Democrats and a lot of Republicans are part of the swamp and that it is much more widespread than was believed. One thing I do know is that our Lord has it all under His control and worrying about it will not change anything.

  • Donna Eyman

    12/05/2019 07:10 PM

    The lying has been going on since Coolidge. The goal is one world government and they were so close with Hillary that they believe that there still must be a way and they won't give up till this country falls into civil war. The voters don't take kindly to stealing of their vote.

  • Diane Kelley

    12/02/2019 04:35 PM

    Recently you recommended a book that was scary about how our religious freedoms have been systematically attacked for years.

    I forgot to make note of the book & author but do want to read the book.

    Could you send me the title & author?

    I do appreciate all you do to try save our nation from attacks from socialism, communism, gun control, leftist ideology. THANK YOU!

    God bless you & America.

  • Patsy Prothro

    10/14/2019 09:09 AM

    I believe you are right on! These people have Trump Derangement Syndrome! They will lie to get him no matter what!

  • Mike Horst

    10/12/2019 02:04 PM

    Mike...The biggest problem for the Democrats is their reputation for lying, dishonesty, double standards and the fact that there is a ton of evidence to support it. Democrats need to back off while they can still get the egg off their face. When you have dug a huge hole for yourself...quit digging. There is no way in my minds eye they can win by this continual impeach Trump nonsense. They are just sinking deeper in the quicksand.

  • David E Palmer

    10/12/2019 12:11 PM

    The American People are in power! You Nancy, just haven't seen our resolve yet! Ask our past enemies. This isn't our first rodeo!

  • Gayla Blanton

    10/11/2019 06:23 PM

    What is currently happening in our country is truly a travesty. The big question is how do you get all of these truths out so the general public hears them and understands them? I, and other readers of your column, can only reach so many with the truth.

  • Susan Combee

    10/10/2019 04:07 PM

    I think you may have hit om something in your comment about wondering why there hasn't been any word from Nadler - maybe he's the whistleblower. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm - the plot thickens.

  • Linda Black

    10/10/2019 11:58 AM

    My concern is that democrats are willing to use assassination as a means to their nefarious ends. The phrase "by any means" has been bandied about and if they can't find a legal means they will resort to illegal means. Not long after Trump won the election I read a "star" democrats suggestion that someone should kill Barron Trump and his dad would be so devastated that he would resign. People evil enough to think like that would applaud the assassination of either the President or Vice-President. Prayers for their safety are in order.

  • Linda Rhodes

    10/09/2019 05:16 PM

    Well, finally!!! This action is long overdue and a welcome relief. I am so thrilled Mr.President that the dems are being told they can no longer act outside the Constitution of the United States and make up their own laws!!!

  • Ron Pratt

    10/09/2019 03:25 PM

    I would suggest that if this what Dems really believe..and if they were somehow really able to pull this off, they would have a very serious problem on their hands. I'll refrain from stating what would be the obvious consequence to unfettered abuses by a party dedicated to this cause.

  • Mike Horst

    10/09/2019 02:35 PM

    Mike...being an outside observer to this Trump take down hit job by the Democrats I would say this is another scandal manufactured by them. Their reputation proceeds them. The Democrats have been trying to take down Trump since he announced his candidacy for President. I can personally name incident after incident where they are pulling some obvious nonsense to derail Trump. They will never be able to impeach Trump because of their long standing bias and hate toward him.


    10/09/2019 12:25 PM

    By proper party she is referring to the new George Soros Global Elitist, Communist, Islamic party...!!!
    They still want to try and masquerade as the old American Democratic party of our grandfathers; but they are now Anti American, Anti Christian, pro Communist, pro Islamic, pro Elitist global robbery of America....!!! The proper party should be banned in America and they should be banned from holding any public office... and that's a fact Jack...!!! No American flags or mention of God at their debates just dictators telling us to knuckle under to evil or else...!!! Well we the American moral majority say no to Coup to destroy free and sovereign Christian America..!!!

  • Darrell Hover

    10/09/2019 12:12 PM

    Mike, Thank you for your fine journalism. Why has NO ONE held the House of Representatives responsible for NOT doing their job. As per the Constitution, the U. S. House of Representatives makes and passes federal laws. They are so obsessed with impeachment, they are not doing anything pertaining to their job. I wish we (The American People) could FIRE the whole bunch for not doing the work they were elected to do. Can we impeach them? Why have we not voted these slackers out of office? Our President needs our help to get this swamp drained. Wake up America!

  • Denise McClinton

    10/09/2019 10:49 AM

    What a ding bat!!! "The proper party" as YOU call it WAS VOTED into that position!! WE the American people did that!!! And God willing... WE WILL DO IT AGAIN 2020!!! Go Trump!

  • Danny Pinter

    10/09/2019 10:46 AM

    Congratulations, Aunt Nancy, you just let the cat out of the bag. This whole thing is about POWER and CONTROL, and not what is best for this country. Shame on you.

  • Melody Pletzer

    10/09/2019 10:37 AM

    They are trying to thwart the will of the People, who voted President Trump into office. It's plain, simple, and ugly.

  • Terry Ingle

    10/09/2019 09:09 AM

    These people are diabolical. I wonder what their plan is when the people that refuse to turn in their weapons rise up against them. I'm sure they have thought of that. This is going to get ugly.

  • David Colonna

    10/09/2019 08:39 AM

    When are we MAJOR Trump supporters going to stand up for the rule of law and bombard these lame duck Liberal Democrats to stop all impeachment inquiries from happening. How about they all pass USMC, immigration reform, healthcare reform or set a fiscal budget. How about we arrange a massive prayer chain to surround the Whitehouse to stand up and pray for our Commander in Chief and the best President this country has had in a long while.

  • Nancy Karnes

    10/09/2019 12:01 AM

    We all knew there was a swamp, but the democrats have outdone themselves. What a group of liars! Thank you Mike Huckabee for bravely exposing them

  • Pamela Six

    10/08/2019 09:50 PM

    I was under the impression that the Constitution was written FOR THE PEOPLE. Now the Democrats are trying to takd over the country and I am sorry but I do not care WHAT the whistleblower says... there is nothing impeachable about the whole shebang. I am tired of the Democrats saying the people want Trump impeached when we dont. The Democrats are trying to get him out so they can take over. Im afraid of the consequences of that little coup. I will not agree to be governed by liars and thieves. Nancy Pelosi and all her cronies need to be impeached or fired and deported somewhere far away from the great country of the United States of America.

  • Tony Weaver

    10/08/2019 09:23 PM

    Keep the pressure on Adam Schiff to come clean and be transparent. He should produce all records from him and his staff regarding this , especially who was present at any meetings
    It’s time for the truth

  • Nancy Rogers

    10/08/2019 08:51 PM

    Mike Huckabee,
    You always have a way of explaining political stuff in a simple, straightforward manner where everyone can understand.
    AND you use common sense.
    THANK YOU !!!
    Do Dems really think we’re that stupid ???
    Impeachment is a political process and not a legal one ???
    Really ???

  • Steven Ridinger

    10/08/2019 07:51 PM

    I'm sick and tired of people trying to crucify President Trump. He's the only president in history to stand up for America, despite the criticism he is facing every day. I can't think of another president that has been accused and pretty much convicted of things he is not guilty of.