October 9, 2019

On Tuesday, White House counsel Pat Cipollone sent the letter Trump had promised to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and congressional Democratic committee chairs Adam Schiff (Intelligence), Eliot Engel (Foreign Affairs) and Elijah Cummings (Oversight) informing them that the administration will not cooperate with the illegitimate and constitutionally invalid “impeachment inquiry” going on right now. There will be no compliance, the letter said, unless the House makes it official by holding a full floor vote to approve such an inquiry and unless basic principles of due process and separation of powers are followed. The letter states that “this is “an unauthorized impeachment inquiry that conflicts with all historical precedent...”

“Consistent with the duties of the President of the United States, and in particular his obligation to preserve the rights of future occupants of his office, President Trump cannot permit his Administration to participate in this partisan inquiry under these circumstances.” The White House will be providing no witnesses, no documents, no kidding.

The letter reads in part: “The invalid ‘impeachment inquiry’ plainly seeks to reverse the election of 2016 and to influence the election of 2020.” It calls the impeachment effort “a naked political strategy that began the day he [Trump] was inaugurated, and perhaps even before.”

“Perhaps”?? Here Cipollone is a master of understatement. But his letter is magnificent; you’ll want to read the entire thing, all eight pages...

Note in particular the quotes from none other than Jerrold Nadler (on pages 5-6, also footnote 5 on page 3), who has certainly changed his tune since Trump was elected. Likewise, the House Intelligence Committee as led by Adam Schiff seems to be making up its own rules, breaking with precedent set by history’s other cases of impeachment. Both sides are supposed to have the ability to gather and present evidence, and that’s not happening here. Unbelievably, Trump’s side doesn’t get to put evidence into the record or to call or cross examine witnesses. The so-called “whistleblowers” are being used anonymously and might testify in secret. Democrats conduct hearings behind closed doors so they can cherry-pick what they want to leak.

They also demand communications between Trump and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, as if attorney-client privilege did not exist.

Ranking House Intelligence Committee member Devin Nunes said it best: “...As someone who has been in all these meetings, I think it was described today as a ‘kangaroo court,’ and that’s probably being nice.”

‘Kangaroo court’ sums it up perfectly. In fact, I have a new name for Adam Schiff: let’s call him ‘Captain Kangaroo.’ I’m pretty confident Democrats will “’roo” the day he convened it.

But for now, they’re thinking they have no choice but to move full-speed-ahead on impeachment or something, as the expression goes, “close enough for government work,” because they’re scared to death of what U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the “Trump/Russia” counterintelligence investigation is going to turn up. That’s even more so as of Tuesday, when we learned that Durham’s investigation has been “expanded” in scope.

As reported by FOX News, “Mr. Durham has expanded his investigation and is adding agents and resources, according to multiple senior administration officials.” Whereas it was originally set up to investigate from the beginning of the probe through Election Day, it has now been extended, based on Durham’s findings up to this point, from spring of 2016 through spring of 2017, the time when Robert Mueller was named special counsel by deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (and that appointment is also undergoing greater scrutiny). That time period would include the January 5 Obama White House meeting with intelligence officials about “Trump/Russia,” Comey’s post-election briefing of the President-elect at Trump Tower on one of the most salacious aspects of the Steele “dossier,” the leaking of that story to The New York Times and the decision to name a special counsel.

Of course, Durham’s investigation has also gone international, with information-gathering that took both Durham and Attorney General William Barr to the U.K. and Italy and put them in contact with Australian authorities. It’s outside the U.S. that our own spies could most easily circumvent laws to spy on Americans. Former CIA Director John Brennan has said he doesn’t understand the “predicate” for this investigation into actions taken by our own intel community, but he is lying. He knows good and well what it is; we can start with the warrant that was fraudulently obtained by the FBI –- and renewed three times –- to spy on associates of Trump’s campaign.

Investigative reporter Catherine Herridge says that, based on her two decades of experience covering intelligence and law enforcement, the expansion of Durham’s probe indicates to her that he has likely found evidence of criminal wrongdoing. “By reputation,” she says, “Durham is not a prosecutor to ask for more help if there is simply no ‘there’ there.”

Her FOX News colleagues Bret Baier and Jake Gibson also reported that, contrary to what Mueller has said, he WAS vying (unsuccessfully) for the FBI director position –- left open by Trump’s firing of Comey just a week earlier –- when he met with Trump in 2017. It’s as we thought: Mueller was appointed to investigate the man who had passed him over for that position. Normally that would not be happening; it’s just too big a conflict of interest. He interviewed for the job of Trump’s FBI director after he had already confirmed with Rod Rosenstein that if he didn’t get the job, he would be appointed special counsel to investigate Trump (!).

Regardless of the mess the House is in, the Senate is in a position to do some cleaning up. Thankfully, Lindsay Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has invited Giuliani to testify before Congress about his work on behalf of his client, investigating Ukraine’s role in our 2016 election. (Note: regarding Ukraine, investigative reporter John Solomon has brand new developments on the investigation into Burisma Holdings, the company that put Hunter Biden on its board of directors and paid his firm perhaps as much as $220,000 a month; we’ll take this up in detail tomorrow.)

Keep in mind, one reason for all the screaming coming from the left in Washington –- and this phony “impeachment” –- is that Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on FISA abuse is reportedly coming out within the next two weeks. We complain about the delay, but the reason it has taken so long is no doubt that new information just kept turning up. In the meantime, it’s good to know that Trump and his attorneys are pushing back –- hard.

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  • Deidre Smith

    10/13/2019 08:33 PM

    Time for IRS audits. FBI & CIA investigations on Clinton's, obamas, Schiff, Pelosi, Biden's Strik, Comey and former "leaders" in FBI and CIA, Democrat Socialists in House and leadership-emails, travels with and without legal Passports, phone calls, text messages

  • Rodney Harris

    10/13/2019 10:30 AM

    I believe you just insulted Captain Kangaroo!

  • Robert Estrogan

    10/11/2019 02:12 PM

    I smell smoke. Oh, wait. It's your pants, Mike.

  • kevin cooper

    10/11/2019 07:30 AM

    All the information of suspicions and what ifs will do little to reverse the damage done by the msm.

  • Robert W. Brunner,

    10/10/2019 11:30 PM

    Good morning to Mike and the world,
    I just finished reading the issue involving Adam Schiff and his involvement with the Intelligence committee in the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.!! My wife, Lavonne, and I have been watching with daily interest, and we have NOT BEEN impressed with the decision of the Democrats to impeach the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump!! This is absolutely WRONG IN EVERY ASPECT!!
    The Democrats have been calling for impeachment of President Trump even before he was even inaugurated!! Yes, actually even from before this fine President of the U.S. was even President!! This is a FIRST IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES! I do NOT believe in my history book of the U.S. that this has ever happened before!
    The Democrats have been LOOKING FOR ANYTHING THAT MIGHT FIT INTO THE NARRATIVE THAT THEY NEED TO "FIND" SOMETHING THAT WILL FIT INTO THE NEED THAT THE CONSTITUTION DESCRIBES AS "HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS!!" Apparently, they, the Dems, have said that they HAVE FOUND such a crime that President Trump has made that fits the narrative! Oh, what is it?? It is, they say, found in the phone call which was supposed to have been keep secret, but the President has allowed it to become public so that the public has been able to see it and make a determination for themselves! In my humble opinion it does NOT rise to the level of "HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS" that the Constitution requires for our great President to be impeached by the House of Representatives in the Congress!!
    In Honor of our Constitution, Robert W. Brunner, M.D. (Dr. Bob)

  • Ann Ray

    10/10/2019 05:31 PM

    We appreciate knowing that the DC swamp may be drained after all. That is if President Trump retains the presidency in the 2020 election. Otherwise all of this will evidence will be swept away and the swamp creatures will continue their plan to destroy the greatest country and government that was ever conceived.

  • Bruce Greene

    10/10/2019 04:47 PM

    Has any one read Maria Bartiromo: IG Report on FISA “Will Be Released October 18th – As Thick as Telephone Book”…
    Posted on October 9, 2019 by sundance ?
    This seems to fall back to the same old results (selectively withholding public information.

  • David Colonna

    10/10/2019 08:55 AM

    Mike's great team,
    Did Adam Schiff's mother and if involved his father not spank him with the belt and/or wooden spoon when he lied as a kid. If not I think it is about time someone does and I offer my services for this task. Why and how can Mr. Schiff get away with lying so much, blatant lies at that. Why can't the house Republicans bring Adam up on ethics charges or remove him from office for his blatant lies??? Please help answer this for us all.

  • Joe Broadway

    10/10/2019 06:04 AM

    How do we know there is a whisleblower until we see and hear a whistleblower?

  • filmore hennis

    10/10/2019 02:15 AM

    Mike, Excellent job!!

  • Diane Rowlands

    10/10/2019 12:38 AM

    I dont know why the Congress won't censure Adam Schiff. I didn't know he was Jewish. Who cares. It doesn't make any difference. Pelosi is a Catholic.

  • James Evart

    10/10/2019 12:05 AM

    Perfect timing to break the news that the former administration, or at least it's appointees were complicit in the active undermining of the current administration at the risk, disadvantage and well being of this countries laws, constitution, safety and negotiating strength worldwide.
    What a shameful body the Democratic left has become, disregarding the well being of the very country it has sworn to protect to exploit political gain while undermining what they are supposed to stand for.
    The Democrats, who are lock-step in doing this, are a total disgrace, not only to themselves, but to this country as a whole. Why don't they concentrate on doing their job for the benefit of this great nation for a change and do something like pass the new trade agreement between Canada, Mexico and the USA which EVERYBODY wants? Why don't they work on something constructive for a change instead of undermining and breaking the laws and constitution of this great country?

  • Christopher P Kelley

    10/09/2019 10:56 PM

    "Brennan has said he doesn’t understand the “predicate” for this investigation into actions taken by our own intel community, but he is lying. He knows good and well what it is..."
    Remember, while at our Embassy in Saudi Arabia in the 1990s, Brennan became a Muslim. His "religion" tells him (directly from Muhammad) that he can lie with impunity to non-Muslims. This is the doctrine called "taqiyya" -- designed to throw non-Muslims off, to deceive, and to over-power them. It is a tactic of jihad.

  • Bob julien

    10/09/2019 09:17 PM

    Hi Mike just wanted to ask a favor as a conservative and living in MA we Trump supporters need some vindication soon we are tired of the swamp always winning and especially in MA. Hoping that someone will go to jail soon an scare the creatures in MA into giving up. Let president Trump know that he cannot fail this is our moment!

  • Norman Scott

    10/09/2019 08:18 PM

    CNN anounced today that Joe Biden has come out for the first time saying Trump should be impeached because of his terrible actions against Joe and His son Hunter! CNN said their was no evidence that the Bidens did anything wrong! That certainly is a big pile of horse manure!

  • joseph orsini PhD

    10/09/2019 08:01 PM

    POVERTY IN CA: with 3 million illegal immigrants, half of whom are on welfare, is it any wonder that CA has the highest poverty level, even with the highest taxes. Nobody mentions this in the news, even with all the discussion on homelessness and "lack of affordable housing".

  • Ruby Howell

    10/09/2019 08:00 PM

    This impeachment ordeal is only a ploy by the Democrats to mess with the election. Rep.Schiff tries to get those being questioned to say that President was trying to get dirt on Biden & son so he could use it to defeat him. I stand with my President!

  • Carl Smith

    10/09/2019 07:18 PM

    The NOW Socialist/Communist CONTROLLED News has convinced the public that Impeachment is a must? Never in my lifetime would I ever have believed the Public could be so maneuvered , but then I remembered Nazi Germany's Propaganda Minister's line about " Tell a Big Enough Lie Often Enough and it Becomes Truth". China NOW controls Hollywood and by appearances the 6 Conglomerates they CONTROL 90% of ALL Media ( PRINT, TV and by fiat the INTERNET via Google, Facebook, Twitter etc.) So with the exception of a few of us old farts and a few Patriots the rest of America's 15 second Attention Span is being captured by the LEFT and the Sound Bites they spew. AS of today it's a Fools game because unless Mitch McConnel has also been BOUGHT the Senate will Kill the Impeachment effort BUT China is still pulling the strings behind the Curtain and it appears the morons in Congress are too busy worrying about things that are beyond their control. MAN MADE Global Climate Change, Praying Islam will turn out to be what they have been fed for 40 years "A PEACEFUL" THEOCRACY! Tell that BIG LIE often enough and it becomes the Truth? Fool me once -SHAME ON YOU; Fool me Twice -SHAME ON ME.

  • Gary Stilwell

    10/09/2019 06:56 PM

    Looks very likely that the "drain the Swamp" promise is coming to fruition--just keep steady on--

  • John Bergman

    10/09/2019 06:38 PM

    With all of this "NEW" evidence that keeps adding up, I still wonder if things will be settling down before the 2020 election takes place.
    I know I will continue to support President TRUMP as long as he hold the office....and I pray that he and his supporters will win in the end.

    Thanks, John

  • George Curl

    10/09/2019 06:33 PM

    Now dad gummit, how dare you besmirch the memory and reputation of Bob Keeshan by giving his stage name to that low down, no account Adam Schiff! Shame on you. You best not go after Mr Rogers.
    "They also demand communications between Trump and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, as if attorney-client privilege did not exist. " Mueller did away with attorney-client privilege during his farce investigation.

  • Elizabeth N. Mayer

    10/09/2019 05:47 PM

    Ha!!! You certainly can turn a phrase! "Adam Schiff is Captain Kangaroo"! How fitting. I so enjoy your columns. Keep it up!

  • Cheryl Strait

    10/09/2019 05:30 PM

    CONTEND, O Lord, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me! Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for my help! Draw out also the spear and javelin and close up the way of those who pursue and persecute me. Say to me, I am your deliverance!
    Psalm 35:1?-?3 AMPC

    The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest.
    Exodus 14:14 AMPC

    You shall not fear them, for the Lord your God shall fight for you.
    Deuteronomy 3:22 AMPC

    Like the sparrow in her wandering, like the swallow in her flying, so the causeless curse does not alight. [Num. 23:8.]
    Proverbs 26:2 AMPC

    But no weapon that is formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall show to be in the wrong. This [peace, righteousness, security, triumph over opposition] is the heritage of the servants of the Lord [those in whom the ideal Servant of the Lord is reproduced]; this is the righteousness or the vindication which they obtain from Me [this is that which I impart to them as their justification], says the Lord.
    Isaiah 54:17 AMPC

    Praying these scriptures for our president. So very thankful for him.

  • rodney burke

    10/09/2019 05:27 PM

    Who eats kangaroo meat? Maybe they should be doing some hunting. More corrupition comes out every day. Safe to say, all this coming from the left is lies and propaganda with zero truth or facts. Dems KNOW the stuff is about to hit the fan. Arrests are about to happen and it ain't gonna be pretty. It's been going on for decades as other say, time to pay the piper. For some the price will be VERY high. Too bad, do the crime pay the penalty!

  • David Womer

    10/09/2019 05:13 PM


    I just hope that it's true that Trey Gowdy is going to join the Trump team defense. Between him and Barr, I don't think anyone on the left will go unscathed if they are guilty of something.