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June 17, 2022

During NBC’s Thursday coverage of the January 6 committee hearings, they cut away to golf. Hey, it was the U.S. Open. Here’s Nick Arama at REDSTATE.

The focus on Thursday was Vice President Mike Pence and what he went through that day. Not that there was any cross-examination in an attempt to really know. We did learn that Pence spent several hours in a secure location, which appeared to be a loading area deep within the complex, and we heard committee Democrats praise him lavishly for his courage in not going along with Trump. Greg Jacob, former counsel to Pence, said that “Pence’s instinct” told him there was no way the framers of the Constitution intended the VP to have that kind of power.

It seems to me that being pulled into this story might actually have helped some viewers understand how Trump was feeling at the time. Obviously, he believed the election HAD been stolen by Democrats in those battleground states and that the Judicial Branch had not done its job. Yes, he chose to listen to the advisers who said what he wanted to hear, as we all do. And the way he saw it, he wasn’t trying to instigate a coup. He was hoping to prevent one, by the left. And some on the right did go way too far.

Mark Levin, speaking Thursday night on HANNITY, pointed out that while Biden, Schumer and Pelosi criticize Trump for not responding “quickly enough” to the January 6 riot, they still haven’t responded to the assassination plot against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanugh, which would certainly represent a more serious threat to our Republic than a bunch of unarmed ragtag Trump supporters.

They also haven’t responded to “the threats that are coming down, the potential need for the National Guard to protect the Supreme Court” when the decision is announced on their landmark abortion case.

He reminded viewers of how “extraordinarily violent” the left is, evoking the summer of 2020, the riots accompanying Trump’s inauguration –- to try to prevent HIM being sworn in as President (that apparently was okay) –- and the attack at the White House that injured 50 Secret Service agents.

So after putting January 6 in perspective, he said he was “disgusted” at the 40 minutes he watched on Thursday, seeing that it was “choreographed,” with teleprompters, spliced-up and cherry-picked video, and no contrary witnesses, contrary evidence, motions, challenges or cross-examination. No opposition whatsoever.

Even the legal analysts sit there on TV and say, we learned a lot today, he said. “You learned NOTHING."

As for the testimony regarding Pence, Levin pointed out that their chief witness, Michael Luttig, was not an adviser to Pence and never spoke to Pence. Levin’s sources close to Pence say Luttig “volunteered” his analysis by submitting it unsolicited to the Vice President’s office. None of that came out in testimony on Thursday --- could it possibly be because there was no cross-examination?

J. Michael Luttig is a conservative former federal judge who testified that Pence had no authority to stop Congress from certifying the election –- he had tweeted this on January 5 –- and that this would have brought on a “constitutional crisis.” He painted a picture of Trump as someone desperately trying to cling to power and called his efforts a “war on democracy.”

FORBES reports that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz clerked for Luttig and considers him to be a mentor. It would be very interesting to get Cruz’s take on his testimony. Amazingly, Luttig’s other law clerk was Trump attorney John Eastman, the very adviser who was the one encouraging Trump –- and Pence –- to challenge the election. What an interesting scenario. If only there were some real Republicans involved in these hearings, to bring in some cross-examination…

Levin also brought up the letter we reported on yesterday, from former U.S. attorney in Philadelphia William McSwain to President Trump, dating from June 2021. Recall that he was telling Trump that Attorney General Bill Barr had instructed him not to say anything publicly about the allegations of election “irregularities” that had been coming to his office, but to pass these along to the state attorney general, who had said Trump could not win.

“Wouldn’t it be nice when Barr was testifying, that somebody was there to challenge Barr? Somebody was there to challenge Luttig?” Levin asked. He pointed out that even some leftist legal professors agreed with Trump attorney John Eastman’s position “before it was John Eastman’s [and Trump’s] position.” The final say on election law was supposed to be with state legislators, he said, not with judges, and Levin holds that Trump “had every right” to ask state legislatures to look into these matters.

He also said it’s not clear under the 12th Amendment what the responsibilities of the Vice President are in such a situation. There needed to be challenges in the hearing about this.

“This is a railroad job,” Levin said of these hearings, “pure and simple. And it’s time the media get off its a-- and pay attention, and legal analysts act like real lawyers.”

Couldn’t have said it better.

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  • Kenneth Parsley

    06/21/2022 11:46 AM

    Please... I'm asking authorities and others in our political system to investigate who specifically gave the instructions to allow immigrants to cross our border unimpeded. There has to be a specific individual in the White House who gave that order. Whoever, they should be interviewed and exposed to all Americans.

  • Pat Kennedy

    06/20/2022 11:12 AM

    I'm already seeing the republican waiver, especially in Illinois, that moment when Republican tenacity looses its tensile strength. The accusations overwhelming so "surely some of them are true." Republicans conned on last minute ditch efforts by democrats pr moves.

  • Larry Tate

    06/19/2022 07:30 PM

    President Trump was a big mouth, which lead to his not winning the election, but I liked him. I would vote for him again if he so chooses to run.
    Pelosi, Shummer, Nagley, AOC and her progressives, along with McConnell and a few othe Rino’s need to be booted out of Washington. They are all thieves robbing the American people of everything. If they fell off the face of the Earth today it would be great for the planet. Now I have to pray and repent for the anger I have for them. Forgive me Mike.

  • Mary Seelbach

    06/19/2022 06:29 PM

    Thank you for sharing Mark Levin's commentary. He is a brilliant voice for truth!

  • William Fuhrer

    06/19/2022 06:03 PM


  • Karen Terese Rogers

    06/19/2022 04:58 PM

    I couldn't agree with Mark more, hes awesome!!!! Pence is a big fat traitor right along with the other slimey swamp critters Trump has exposed and they are from both parties. We need to dump our TRAITORS, Vice Traitor, Supreme Traitors and more!!!!!!

  • Rhonda Samuels

    06/19/2022 04:51 PM

    Regarding VP Mike Pence:
    It is my opinion the Trump supporters have demonized the former Vice President. Personallt, I feel Pence us a decent and honorable man. He had to make the call based on his own conscience and understanding of the law . Trump's slanderous words regarding Pence are completely unacceptable to me.

  • chuck blouse

    06/19/2022 04:40 PM

    I agree with Levin and Barr is a real disappointment to all Americans. Not sure who bought him out.

  • Daniel Pruitt

    06/19/2022 03:18 PM

    Mike, you're absolutely right, it was a political hatchet job. The democrats, headed by Nasty Nancy Pelosi had, as their goal, to grind Trump down to nothing, so that he could never run as a candidate again. Personally, I think Pelosi, Schumer, et al., need to be arrested and tried for treason, sedition or attempted coup.

  • Tammy Mitchell

    06/19/2022 02:36 PM

    Another farce with the Dems.

  • Fred Sayin

    06/19/2022 02:03 PM

    Patriotic Citizens should go to the website: constitutionallawgroupus . Patriotic Americans who lost dear ones, we're and/or lost property starting last June should think about making claims against mayors, governors, local judges, police officers and the following, even includes school board members. Thus, no citizen needs to deal with the distress of court, just file a claim against the bond of a public official. Reason for referring everyone to website.

  • Lisa Pet6

    06/19/2022 01:23 PM

    Dear Mike,
    Unlike antifa, BLM, and Schumer; those who were asked to make their voices heard, peacefully, didn't go there to stop the process, but slow it down for states to double check on their election and to give us time to investigate. Those who entered by the police holding the door for them, were put in prison without any crimes charged, no due process, nothing. While those swine in the streets across America, the current VP post bail, if that is, they get arrested; are released immediately, and many, charges are dismissed. Schumer, And others, can specifically call out violence, I remember how Sarah's life was threatened by radicals, literally the whole Trump Cabinet and any patriotic person was threatened by the likes of S. Waters, and we didn't hear insurrection for that? When will we see EQUAL treatment under our Constitution?

  • Per Haglind

    06/19/2022 12:57 PM

    Levin put his head on the nail he said everything that needed to be said all Honor to him ?????????????

  • Wayne H. Graff

    06/19/2022 12:35 PM

    I agree with the statements you list. I was watching a part of this where Sen. Cruz was certifying his acknowledgement to have the Arizona, votes certified. Before all of the crap went south. If this had been allowed to go through, there would have been a pause in the vote counting. We know how long it took for Arizona to get anything done. What else might have come up. Would a congressman have challenged the Pennsylvania vote tallies? Not sure if those votes had been certified at that point or not. Makes you question why it's OK for democrats to object, but not republicans.

  • Ed Thompson

    06/19/2022 12:25 PM

    I’m forth generation working on the same railroad—- retired— and I know a railroad job when I see/hear it and these “hearings” are nothing BUT a made for tv fiction show based on an event. Calling it a railroad job insults real railroad jobs, I would know, but kangaroo court is a great explanation of exactly what they are doing. Just like the recent one sided overloaded all democrat jury trial vs an attempt to get a democrat convicted of fraud, kangaroo- fake-ridiculous-distraction, call it anything you want, but not honest or truthful or even a actual attempt at trying to show anything but their hate towards anything remotely connected with President D.Trump. Made for tv political drama and the ratings are tanking faster than Joe falling off his bicycle. Faster than Nancy’s husband going through a stop sign! Very bad tv show and should be pulled!

  • Not A Senator's Son

    06/19/2022 12:10 PM

    Honest Americans have been asking these hard questions as Levin has been doing, you have been doing and even news agencies from around the world have been doing.
    Stevie Wonder can see what was really going on during 2020 to railroad the election and move us back onto the tracks of the globalist elites.
    Keep up the work you are doing asking the heard questions but as you know the answers, and you do knkw the answers......share them.

  • Steve Sherrill

    06/18/2022 06:02 PM

    I really believe that the GOP will pull a Grover Cleveland and Donald J. Trump will be relected in 2024.