There are good reasons why hearsay “evidence” is not admissible in a court of law. One reason, discussed in Thursday’s commentary, is that hearsay makes it a whole lot easier to railroad someone, as Democrats have been trying to do to President Trump with their secret hearings, unreleased transcripts and lack of due process. That's why the Sixth Amendment provides that the accused has the right to confront his or her accuser --- not someone who talked to someone who overheard someone talking to the accuser.

Another reason we don’t allow hearsay is that so often, it’s just plain WRONG.

Case in point: In breaking news from Reuters that in a better world would send the impeachment “inquiry” packing and slinking away in shame, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Vadym Pristaiko said on Thursday that “Ambassador Sondland did not tell us, and certainly did not tell me, about a connection between the assistance [military aid] and the investigations [into the Bidens]. You should ask him.” This undercuts Wednesday’s testimony from William Taylor, who had said that the day after Trump’s call with Zelensky, a member of Taylor’s staff had overheard a phone call between Trump and Sondland in which Trump asked about the investigation into the Bidens and Sondland told him the Ukrainians were ready to proceed. See how this hearsay thing works, or, rather, doesn’t? Either the staff member got it wrong, or Taylor heard the staff member wrong. Taylor’s testimony is WRONG.

U.S. envoy Sondland did not link Biden probe to aid: Ukraine minister

But this won’t stop the impeachment-hungry Democrats. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has to know how underwhelming Wednesday’s testimony was, said in an extremely convoluted way on Thursday that “what President Trump has done...in terms of acting to advantage his---a foreign power to help him in his own election and of the, uh, obstruction of information about that, the cover-up, makes what Nixon did look almost small.” (In an obviously orchestrated media show, her minions made similar comparisons to Nixon on TV throughout the day.)  She said they’d be looking (“sadly, prayerfully...with a heavy heart”) at charging the President with bribery, which, she noted, is listed in the Constitution as a cause for impeachment. On the other hand, she said they hadn’t even decided whether to impeach, so she apparently is still leaving her options open. Maybe she wants to pray on it a little longer.

But as David Limbaugh explained on Thursday’s HANNITY TV show, the charge of bribery is a “specific intent” crime, which means they have to know the President’s state of mind and motive. “All they know is that he suggested that Biden and Ukraine be investigated. I think, as others have speculated, that he was looking backward to the 2016 election, which makes much more sense. He’s so agitated over them trying to steal an election while accusing HIM of interfering that he wants to get to the bottom of this coup. So he’s wanting to investigate, have Ukraine and Biden investigated, as to the 2016 election, not the 2020. Even if I’m wrong, there’s no way they can divine his intent.”

Former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yuvanovich, the only witness scheduled to testify Friday, is another “hearsay” witness. (Democrats will have Kleenex ready, as they're hoping she'll cry over losing her job.)  As Byron York says of the transcript of her closed-door hearing, “It’s a long story of her not knowing what’s going on.” She’s hearing people tell her that Rudy Giuliani is out to get her, that she needs to watch her back, things like that. The Democrats could always subpoena then-Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and/or then-National Security Adviser John Bolton, who would have been the ones to talk to Trump directly about the matter of her firing, but they apparently have decided not to do that.

How come? Wasn’t Bolton supposed to be a big-deal witness? My guess is that they know a judge would side with the White House in its claim of executive privilege and that such a ruling would undermine any charge of obstruction they might want to make. They know that, with the way their "inquiry" is going, a charge of obstruction will likely be all they're left with.

Of course, Pelosi and Schiff know that Trump didn’t bribe Zelensky, as it's been established that no pressure was applied to him and that military aid was sent to Ukraine even with no investigation into the Bidens. Really, the most they can go for is “attempted bribery.” They’ll try to say Trump wanted to bribe, thought about bribing. But how does one even ATTEMPT to bribe without making a threat or applying any pressure? This makes no sense --- the fact of which, of course, will not stop them from doing it. So it will be up to the Senate to stop the insanity and set things straight.

As Limbaugh concluded, “Impeachment is a gravely serious matter, it’s an extraordinary remedy, it is not a political football. They need to require strict proof, and I’m confident the Republicans in the Senate will do it, and show what a sham this is.”

With so much at stake, not just for this President but for all future Presidents, we’d better pray that he’s right.

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  • Doug Topley

    11/16/2019 10:11 AM

    Good article Mike! Your articles regarding impeachment have resolved the consternation felt by me, friends and relatives.

    However, I have a question.

    What would be your simple recommendation for how to comfort fellow Republicans that Trump is in great shape to win the 2020 presidential election, and may in fact win both the house and senate. I have many friends and relatives that support the Republican agenda, but don’t have (or take) the time to research why Republicans will be successful in 2020.

    My suggestion, which apparently has been too onerous, has been for them to read your daily newsletter, watch Fox News Network and tune out the likes of ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC and any other network that does not provide fair and balanced political coverage.

    I feel strongly that Trump will win BIGGLY, and if Republicans play their cards right, we will win back the house, plus win 60+ seats in the senate. With that accomplished, sit back, hang on tightly, and watch our country bloom like it has never done before.

  • Debra collard

    11/16/2019 09:47 AM

    Why don’t we have impeachment laws? Why don’t we have an acting of foreign aid. Why can Schiff hold us hostage. ? Eric Cairmeil. Put Eric on google. CIA Biden employ Brennen employ. Pelosi is a massive LIAR

  • Tony Pershall

    11/16/2019 08:57 AM

    President Trump and our country will be in our prayers.

  • Eleanor Hanlon

    11/16/2019 08:53 AM

    How can we get Pelosi out of office? She has been the cause of all these false allegations against our President. I will be voting for President Trump in 2020.

  • Brenda Snow

    11/16/2019 07:52 AM

    Democrats have list their minds. The true Americans are sick and tired of this witch hunt. We are behind President Trump 100%!

  • Jason Kneifel

    11/15/2019 07:56 PM

    The impeachment inquiry is an embarrassing deceitful attack on the president. However, the president is hurting himself with his continued attack tweets on the witnesses and others. He really needs to find another way to vent his frustration. Then he could about lock in his reelection.

  • Doug Morgan

    11/15/2019 07:36 PM

    Governor, again thanks for clarifying the impeachment farce and presenting an accurate picture of the political Gibbons as they swing from branch to branch in an attempt to disguise the fact that they are swamp dwellers.
    I wish I could be more positive, but other than the fact that the Lord is in ultimate control, the action in Washington, District of Corruption gives me little hope. My father back in the 1950s used to tell me that you can predict what a person is going to do in the future by what he has done in the past.
    I look at what the republicans promised in 2016 and other than confirming two “conservative” SCOTUS justices, they failed in virtually every promise they made. They had the president, congress and senate and they failed to repeal Obamacare, secure the border, overhaul the tax code, nor invest in infrastructure projects. In fact, I recall many of them fighting the President and resisting what he wanted to do like fund the wall along the border, and firing of traitor Comey. They couldn’t fight the democrats then and they aren’t doing a very good job now. For example, why do they allow Shiffforbrains to shut them up?
    I think the congress will impeach the president and everyone depends on the senate to dismiss the impeachment. Some senators are saying there are not enough votes to prevent a trial and maybe even impeachment. I am afraid they will fold when the chips are down. Sorry, except for a few newer Republican Senators, I don’t trust them as far as I can throw them. (And they at least pretend to be Elephants)

  • Robbie Mize

    11/15/2019 07:16 PM

    If the Senate does not stop this sham should it reach them, which I think the Democrats are so intent on doing it that they cannot and will not turn back now, that I will absolutely have no faith left in any duly elected person in that body of Congress! They have wasted our tax payer money and time that should have been spent working on the many problems the President has been trying to get done. And I can tell you that I sense a feeling of disgust with them at this point and if they think we will not remember at the polls, they are crazier than I thought!

  • Fred Horst

    11/15/2019 06:56 PM

    I can't understand why all the politicians spend more of the taxpayers money on this B.S.
    Let's try to run the the country and achieve real solutions to greater Issues solved The United States now has over a 20 trillion dollar debt to pay
    I pray that the holy father can put It In the hearts of the leaders In Washington to cross party lines and show love and understanding for each other
    THIS COUNTY IS MORE DIVIDED THAN ANYTIME IN AMERICAN HISTORY.!!!

  • Ruby Howell

    11/15/2019 06:41 PM

    This impeachment is a crazy! I have been watching these testimonies & everything said is second, third, & even fourth handed! No witness has first hand knowledge of anything. I thought a person is innocent until proven guilty! I don't understand why the ExAmbassador was even asked to testify. She was gone before the July phone call was made.Schiff has refused to allow the Republicans to ask questions. This is being run like a kangaroo court! The Democrats are doing all of this because they are scared the Republicans will regain the House, keep majority in the Senate& that President Trump will be elected to be our President again. TRUMP 2020!

  • Michael

    11/15/2019 06:34 PM

    When is Schiff going to be investigated and charges to impeach laid against him? This coup is out of control and it doesn't seem anyone is interested in stopping it. I think our founding fathers would be standing and shaking their heads that we can allow so many working against our nation and our Constitution, yet we do nothing about these traitors.
    Remember when the phony Democrats were all concerned about Don Trump Jr. and any business dealing he may have or had, yet now these complete disgusting Democrats don't have a problem with Hunter or Joe Biden. The Democrats stand for corruption, double-standards and our right liars.
    Today, President Trump tweeted about Roger Stone being found guilty for lying to Congress and other charges. The President was so right about questioning the liars Hillary, Comey, Brennan, Holder and a very long list of others, yet nothing happens to them. Once again, the Democrats double standard and lies in everything. Everything that a Democrat or a liberal touches they either ruin or destroy. Wake up America and don't ever vote for a Democrat in any election. If you do, you will be sorry, as they have more than proven themselves as what they stand for and it is most definitely not in the best interest of the American people or America.

  • Kay DeWitt

    11/15/2019 06:17 PM

    I say a rousing AMEN to what Ruth Spiering wrote in her comment (the sixth comment down from mine) because I agree with her that the Lord IS over all and I happen to believe that the Lord CHOSE Donald Trump to BE our President for HIS specific purpose...one of those purposes being to REVEAL that, as Ruth so states,"The USA is filthy" and it is the filth of SIN that has made it so! Mike, it is too bad that, while President Trump agrees WITH you that Adam Schiff is a liar, he cannot hold on to the truth that GOD is a indicator and, as a result, he feels the need to vindicate himself and, in the process, winds up being his own worst enemy...like he did when he tweeted today DURING the hearing...giving the liar a truth about his "behavior"! While the truth ABOUT Trump's behavior is that it IS less than loving at times, what most people don't understand is that it is not because he has an unloving heart, but, rather, because his father instilled IN him that one is either a WINNER or a LOSER (using the WORLD'S medium of measurement), he cannot be made to "feel like" a LOSER and it is the pain OF that feeling that authors the anger that makes him want to strike back and, WHEN he does, good old Satan laughs because, WHEN Trump strikes back, Satan is assured that he was successful in blinding Trump to what makes for a REAL winner, using GOD'S medium of measurement!...which is that a winner is one who can love his enemy...the one who is offending him! Let's pray that God REVEALS this truth TO our beloved President!

  • Carmine Fea

    11/15/2019 06:06 PM

    Mr. Huckabee: We do not want the House democrats to impeach President Trump. NO IMPEACHMENT! There is no reason for the House democrats to impeach the President. There is no reason for this to go to trial in the Senate. Why would republicans like sheep follow the democrats' down the path of impeachment in the House? The House republicans are great, they have Pelosi confused. As you will note, the republicans have thus far stopped every charge Pelosi has given for impeachment, and she has had to keep changing her charge for impeachment. She gave up charging quid pro quo, abuse of power, extortion, and now Pelosi is charging bribery. The republicans can stop the charge of bribery not only because there was no bribery, but also because Mark Levin's Constitutional explanation of bribery seen on Hannity I believe Wed. night, Nov. 13, makes clear Pelosi is absolutely wrong when she says bribery is in the Constition as a reason for impeachment. NOT TRUE! Levin provided evidence bribery as the framers intended it is bribery of the president - the president takes a bribe. Let all of us republicans agree no impeachment in the House and no impeachment period, the President did nothing wrong.

  • Roger Shofkom

    11/15/2019 06:01 PM

    Would someone please explain why the WhistleBlower Act, that protects the identity of the Whistleblower, is NOT in violation of the 6th Constitutional amendment that states the accused has the right to confront their accuser?

  • Kelly Lindner

    11/15/2019 05:22 PM

    Totally agree with you!

  • Carole J. Mansfield

    11/15/2019 04:46 PM

    Gov. Huckabee, I don't know so I'm asking you. Have you ever heard of GrassTopsUSA and Chris Carmouche? I received an email message from this website stating that the some of the GOP Senators have a plan to vote for impeachment with the Dems. in secret, so their constituents won't know who they are, and thus can't be held accountable. Is this a possibility? Carole

  • Efrain Salgado Jr

    11/15/2019 04:38 PM

    This should be a call to pray against the Spirit of Leviathan ...a prayer to Father Himself to deal with the twisting crocodile who received and destroys by twisting and ripping truth to lies and hearsay and mishearing or misspoken words...

  • William Schlumpf

    11/15/2019 04:26 PM

    Hearsay is not admissible as evidence in a court of law because even people with the best intentions hear things wrong interpret things they hear wrong hear things incompletely or don't understand what they are being told. They also lie. The same holds true for the person telling the tale. It may be true or false or incomplete or misunderstood.
    In the interest of complete and accurate disclosure this "impeachment" inquiry would be more accurately termed a gossip inquiry.

  • Mable Mullen

    11/15/2019 04:06 PM

    I get a bit miffed when Nancy plays her pious card!! Does she not understand hellfire and brimstone!! I doubt she studies her bible!

  • Nancy Rogers

    11/15/2019 03:49 PM

    Gov. Huckabee,
    I thank God for you because of your ability to explain a complicated situation/ issue in ways regular people can understand.
    Politics are so complicated to me. I am so grateful for your emails.
    God bless you Govenor.

  • Margie barker

    11/15/2019 03:41 PM

    Facts have never bothered Democrats. A news letter is going around about Obama's Social Security number being a fraud, have you got any information about that? written by John Wayne's daughter.

  • Rick Holcomb

    11/15/2019 02:27 PM

    Little Hitler want-a-be, Schiff, can lie and actually intimidate witnesses, when is his Impeachment, it is all on the record, his lies, oh pardon me parody.

  • John Bergman

    11/15/2019 02:07 PM

    This is just another Democrats play... I wonder what they are really doing behind all this B S..? they are acting out what they feel is an Impeachment Hearing.... but President Trump is gaining Popularity regardless of all the schemes the Dems are working on.

    If the Dems would work this hard FOR the American People..we wouldn't have to worry about Health Insurance, Gun problems, or Global warming.

    Thak You Mike...... Amen

  • Tim Zahn

    11/15/2019 01:57 PM

    "Hasty conclusions are like gun powder, easy to explode". (Charlie Chan) The democrats are reaching for hasty conclusions based on hearsay. They'll do ANYTHING to remove Trump, a political outsider, from office to win back the White House in 2020 including lying as evidenced by their impeachment inquiry. So much for our Constitution and being innocent BEFORE being proven guilty.

  • Joe Broadway

    11/15/2019 01:53 PM

    Watching these proceedings and these 5 minute spurts is laughable. This is contrary to finding the truth and nothing but a political sideshow. These people are trash and the US deserves disrespect from the world because we are seen as fools. These proceedings prove we are.