November 14, 2019

The first public installment of the “Impeach Trump 2019” spectacle took place on Wednesday, and this is not like the impeachment hearings of old. It’s completely partisan, rigidly controlled by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff. To construct a false narrative, Schiff, in a painfully obvious contortion, makes sure that only certain aspects of this complex story are acknowledged to exist. In fact, that’s why the committee had to come back later, after dismissing the witnesses and cameras: to consider a motion to subpoena the “anonymous whistleblower” (who, as we’ve noted, isn’t a whistleblower under federal law but known Democrat operative/spy Eric Ciaramella, spelled C-I-A-R-A-M-E-L-L-A, pronounced “CHAR-a-mel-ah, as in “CHAR-lie”). That motion was, not surprisingly, tabled, by party-line vote. Aw, too bad we didn’t get to find out his ("or her") name.

Anyone with a few functioning brain cells knows that one reason Schiff can’t allow questions about the whistleblower is that HE and HIS STAFF would be shown to be lying about their contacts and “collusion” with this very person. We all know who it is! We just can’t talk about him! And, of course, we can’t hear from anyone with whom he's spoken.

The fact that the very person who is RUNNING THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY is the one whose staff first had contact with the person who sparked the impeachment inquiry is like something out of a political thriller. You can’t make this stuff up. (Or, if you can, you really should start writing political thrillers.) Absurdly, Schiff currently maintains he doesn’t know this person's name; either he is brazenly lying or he has carefully tiptoed around the name when speaking with his staff, so as to preserve technical deniability on that one point.  But he knows.

We knew Jim Jordan and John Ratcliffe would knock it out of the park on questioning, and they did. But let's also acknowledge New York Rep. Elise Stefanik for her skillful line of questioning; she has a no-nonsense way of cutting right to the chase. We should be proud of all the Republicans’ efforts to get the facts out there for the American public. Imagine how much more effective they would have been if they could have asked certain central questions without being silenced by Adam Schiff. It would have been a total take-down.

Of course, that’s why Schiff ran the hearing as he did. If he didn’t, we might have Republican committee members asking about things like this…

As I was listening on Wednesday, I kept thinking, “These false allegations against Trump are being presented as if they were a shocking abuse of power. What if this were President Obama? Wouldn’t this just be seen as his rightful exercise of power? I think we all know that, YES, it would.”

Consider that Obama’s terrible Iran deal was so important to him, he secretly put millions of dollars in cash on a plane and had it flown over, thinking we'd never know. Can you imagine the hysteria if President Trump had even been accused of contemplating doing that? Bribery! Secrecy! Treachery! Back-channel diplomacy! Impeachment!  Yet the very real Obama story just went away.

The two “star witnesses” in Wednesday’s testimony had no direct evidence whatsoever of any Trump “quid pro quo” --- of course, that won’t matter to Democrats, who just move the goal posts --- and Jordan easily pointed out that all they had was hearsay and opinion. “Ambassador, you didn’t listen in on the call, did you…?” (No.) “You’ve never talked with Chief of Staff Mulvaney?” (No.) “You’ve never met the President?” (No.) “You had three meetings, again, with Zelensky and it didn’t come up?” (No. “And in two of them they’d never heard about it [withholding aid], as far as I know.”)

None of this would be allowed in a court of law, and for good reason: it would mean a defendant could be almost effortlessly railroaded. “I’ve seen church prayer chains that are easier to understand than this,” Jordan said of the hearsay.

Legal analyst Gregg Jarrett said later, “Single hearsay’s unreliable, double hearsay’s a joke, triple hearsay’s a farce, and quadruple hearsay’s is slapstick and buffoonery. And yet that’s what we heard today; George Kent said he believed there was a quid pro quo, because he heard it from Taylor who heard it from Tim Morrison who heard it from [Ambassador] Gordon Sondland. Where did Sondland get it? Oh, he ‘presumed’ there was a quid pro quo, even though the President told him [Sondland] directly, ‘I want nothing; there’s no quid pro quo.’”

“Cross examination is the engine of truth,” Jarrett said, “and we learned today why, because Jordan and Ratcliffe and [Michael] Turner eviscerated this chattering class of diplomats whose only currency seems to be innuendo, rumor, speculation based on multiple hearsay. That’s not evidence; it’s junk...” Likewise, Sen. Lindsay Graham, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, has vowed there will be no impeachment trial based on hearsay evidence and/or an anonymous accuser. “What they’re doing in the House is a danger to the presidency itself,” he said, adding that any trial in the Senate would HAVE to expose the “whistleblower” –- and all his connections –- so that the President could confront his accuser.

In other words, Democrats, be careful what you wish for.

Early in Wednesday’s proceedings, Ratcliffe asked for a point of order on whether members could object to leading questions and hearsay, as he had already seen ample opportunity to do that while Democrats had had the floor. (Schiff essentially ignored him and looked like an absolute prig.) Later, he asked both witnesses straight-out, “So, in this impeachment hearing today, where we impeach Presidents for treason or bribery or other high crimes, where is the impeachable offense in that call? Are either of you here today to assert there was an impeachable offense in that call?” (Uncomfortable silence.) “Shout it out,” he continued. “Anyone?” (Nada.)

Some Democrat members, notably Joaquin Castro, asked incredibly leading questions to get witnesses to agree that certain behavior would be bad, but the perceptive among you will have noticed he offered no actual evidence of said behavior. Those are the clips that will run over and over on MSNBC.  But once you catch on to this tactic, it’s so freaking obvious. The “crime” is always in their interpretation --- what they choose to believe the President’s intention was.

And that’s why the Republicans are going to have to get even tougher, to keep true-believer Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) from being able to impeach the President according to their own interpretations of what the President did. Look who’s helping them now, on-air as a newly-hired NBC news analyst…

Top Mueller prosecutor Andrew Weissmann offers impeachment advice to Democrats

But a few Democrats are apparently so shaken by their side’s tactics that they are considering leaving the party. I’ll close with a note of optimism about the human race, brought to us by Rep. Andrew McCarthy in an interview Wednesday with Sean Hannity. “I’ve had a couple; I had a Democrat come to me today and tell me he even questioned about whether he should stay a Democrat or he should re-register. He said, ‘This is not the party that I know...these individuals and the direction that they’re going is totally wrong.’”

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  • Glenda Miller

    11/22/2019 01:03 PM

    Thanks for everything, Mike. Love what you're doing. Speaking of commentators, why isn't Andy McCabe in jail (with Roger Stone)? Didn't McCabe lie to the Congress?

  • Susanne Lawyer

    11/16/2019 04:33 AM

    What this is, is REVENGE. The ought to have learned by now to not poke the bear....meaning our/their President.
    Their first shot at accusations of Collusion was PRIOR to the Russian HOAX cost them dearly. Research the 1982 Consent Decree. This vile Decree gave them a carte blanche pass to commit massive election fraud unchallenged by the RNC. When they failed to prove Collusion an Obama judge would not renew that vile Decree. This Decree is how they were put and stayed in office. Without it they know they do not have a snowball's chance in h*ll of few if any Dems getting reelected and they can kiss 2020 goodbye. I would say they've been TRUMPED.

  • Rodney Harris

    11/15/2019 10:56 AM

    Are these people in the democrat party really this moronic? They do realize how this process works, don't they? No matter how hard they try to misconstrue the facts and how much "dirt" they dig up on the president, the final decision lies in the senate where this will get voted down if it gets voted on at all. These idiots have learned nothing at all from history! In my lifetime there have been two presidents impeached. Nixon resigned during the process and the republicans impeached Clinton with FAR more REAL evidence that the democrats have today. Clinton was not convicted because the democrats held the senate but the real story here is how badly it hurt the republicans in the next election. These democrats are headed down the same path with far less ammunition. It will bite them in the but next November when Donald Trump is re-elected president! My question is: will they spend another 4 years and countless millions trying to impeach him again?

  • Brenda Easterling

    11/15/2019 02:42 AM

    I totally agree with you! I could not believe what Polosi said today on OAN, "what Trump has done is worse than what Nixon did." She is so pitiful. I wonder how she sleeps at night.
    I also have to tell you that I enjoy your TV show so much, especially your monologue. Always right on spot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for being there.

  • Melinda Lucas

    11/15/2019 01:43 AM

    After the last couple of days of 'testimony' during the impeachment inquiry debacle, I am reminded of a song from The Music Man : "Pick a little, talk a little, pick a little, talk a little, cheap, cheap, cheap, talk a lot, pick a little more......on and on and on!
    My vote's on Trump! Thank you for your coverage and comments about this ridiculous charade of a hearing!

  • Laura Gahan

    11/14/2019 11:07 PM

    I want every Trump supporter to get an income tax(or any kind of tax) refund. Our national government is not doing the job we have paid them to do!!!

  • Vernon Thompson

    11/14/2019 09:59 PM

    Amazing isn't it? The biggest Liar, Leaker, and Attention Seeker doesn't know the Whistleblower? Another in his long stream of lies!
    Speaker Pelosi is risking the future of the Democratic Party on a worthless weasel like Schiff and his sock-puppet buddy Erik Swalwell telling lie after lie after lie!
    It would only be fitting that Trump is reelected in 2020 wit a veto proof Congressional majority (like Obama had in 2009) where we could actually accomplish something beside hate and discontent!!!!!!!

  • Bob Vogel

    11/14/2019 09:58 PM

    This is not going to end well for the democrats. Schiff and Pelosi will end up humiliated. MAGA2020

  • Jan StAnne

    11/14/2019 09:21 PM

    I think the entire Dems party is either totally insane or totally corrupt. I suspicion both.
    I'm totally fed up with Pelosi and her puppets.

  • Arzella Montgomery

    11/14/2019 08:20 PM

    The only whistleblower is Adam Schiff himself. He made this scam up and even had his own version of the phone call. He has never met the whistleblower because he has never met himself. He was ready to read that phone conversation before Trump released the actual transcript of the call. Adam Schiff is such a horrible person to do all the things he has done to get others to help him take this duly elected President down b4 the Nov Election in 2020. The only thing he hasnt really considered is that his tactics has not taken down all the millions of Trump supporters!! How he got Nancy Pelosi to fall so easily to start an impeachment inquiry plus..must have been that parody letter he wrote he gave to her to read!!
    The name Eric Ciaramella seems to be the name of a real person and maybe the one paid to take the fall for Adam Schiffs big lie. At first, after I saw his name, I had watched one of the wildfires in California..they took some of thr horses to a boarding house called Caramella...and it was so close to Ciaramella..that Adam could have made up and then used his puppet Eric Swalwell's first name and put them together..Eric Caramella..then because Adam thought maybe someone would figure it out being in California so he added the i in the last name. So, if he actually made up the Eric Caramella name, then the actual name of Eric Ciaramella came out in various places. Adam Schiff has no real whistle blower except himself and the made up whistle blower name cant testify because Adam Schiff couldnt question himself or the Eric Caramella since he doesn't exist except in Adam Schiffs warped mind. Anyway, i feel if they bring the real Eric Ciaramella before the Senate it won't be the right guy, just a fall guy paid for by Adam Schiff since he couldn't use his made up whistle blower!

    Thanks for your newletter and sure wish you could get your show back on FOX News. Loved your show very much.

    I am a lifetime Arkansan and a Trump supporter!!!

  • Dena Torcivia

    11/14/2019 07:55 PM

    Someone ought to take that Obama scarf away from Schiff. I’m afraid he might try to hang himself with it!

  • Gloria PIMENTEL

    11/14/2019 07:43 PM

    Literally cannot see the forest for the trees. These moranic "town cryers" are all beating a dead horse , the mainstream American people are tired and annoyed of the Demorat bullschiff and Pelosi, being the "speaker" of fools shoulda zipped it.

  • rodney burke

    11/14/2019 05:38 PM

    we knew from day one of this farce there was zero. And that is what Schiff proved. He and his whole proceeding is a big fat zero. The heresay needs to be greeted with a punch in the mouth and maybe reassign a jawbone. That was beYOND dumb and Gregg Jarrett defined heresay, accurately. That congressman need to be... I'll leave that to someone else.

    They'll be on to something else which they cannot prove. Libs seems to be losing IQ points as they continue to proceed. They are demonstrating the true definition of insanity by doing what they are expecting a different results. That's okay, we the people are waking up to see this for what it is; desperation. The communists are about to be exposed for all their communist activity and it will be the REAL show to watch.

  • Michael

    11/14/2019 04:33 PM

    Yes, the Republicans, the one's who aren't complete traitors like Romney and others, NEED TO GET TOUGHER !!!! The Republicans need to be on every conservative news site, every one who will give them a voice and start voicing the TRUTH of what is going on with the Democrats. The Republicans need to start representing the 63+ million voters who elected President Trump. The Republicans need to grow a set and start standing up against the evil and despicable Democrat party. And the Republicans need to wake up and know that Democrat candidates everywhere will stoop to any level to cheat, commit fraud and steal votes with the help of George Soros and the mainstream media ! And Americans need to wake up and realize what has happened in the last two plus years of the Demo(rats) controlling the House. Do you really want this corrupt, socialist loving, American hating political party to control the House, Senate and God forbid the White House ? I hope not and I hope that the silent, non-voting so called Evangelicals, Patriots and Republicans who don't vote, actually get out and vote against every Democrat candidate in any election !!!!

  • Kay DeWitt

    11/14/2019 04:18 PM

    I am so grieved by having to watch these impeachment hearings that it seems to have not only inflicted my heart with pain, but also my head so I have to struggle to try and be articulate! I know I have said this before.. .but I'll say it again, because I have never said it with more passion...IT IS TIME FOR CHRISTIANS TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE and cry out against the EVIL heart motive behind what is authoring these impeachment hearings in the name of righteous the Democrats love for democracy and the laws of the Constitution! Have you noticed, friends, how Satan is winning the victories that should be ours as Christians? We SAY that the HE that is in us is greater than the he who is in the world, and yet the he that is in the world managed to kick the HE who is in us out of our schools! The he who is in the world has managed to blind us to the fact that it is he who is killing our kids...etc....etc.....So, should we just stand by and now watch this same he win the fightght...(that began the day President Trump won the election) destroy this man...which, in reality, has nothing to do with the Democrats' love for their Constitutional laws they feel were violated by our President? SHOULD WE ALLOW THEM TO MAKE A MOCKERY OF GOD'S LAWS...IN THE NAME OF UPHOLDING THE LAWS OF THE CONSTITUTION? If we DO allow it, we can forget about ever having the America we used to have that was said to BE "one nation under God!"

  • Michael Moody

    11/14/2019 03:52 PM

    Dear Mike: Just a question today. We all know this is a partisan joke. An Impeachment resolution will be voted on a straight or almost straight party line vote. These people are so dumb they will probably wait until just before Thanksgiving or Christmas to do that. Now it is apparent to all that this is about partisan politics. It is not about a violation of law. So could the Supreme Court step in at some point before the end game and say, this is a purely partisan matter and not about the law or Constitution. I think they could do that but you might be able to find out when. You also might be able to find if a true quid pro quo is even possible or wise. Stop this nonsense for the choice on Ginsberg's replacement.

  • Norris Harod

    11/14/2019 03:47 PM

    By now the GOP lawyers must have established THERE IS NO LAW PREVENTING IDENTIFYING THE WHISTLEBLOWER!!!! So why doesn't the GOP stop BOWING to the threats and will of the DNC and many of you out the Whistle blower on the same day? Enough of this nonsense if you expect respect from Conservative voters you need in 2020. You are helping Antifa make Conservatives afraid to speak up since our leaders are apparently so afraid of Schiff's threats. Simple isn't it? Do it !!!!

  • Worda M Lovett

    11/14/2019 02:23 PM

    I think he should be under investation for all of the lies he has been telling with Nancy

  • Frances Webster

    11/14/2019 02:20 PM

    In answer to Tommie’s question, Nancy Pelosi is not raiding social security to pay for the impeachment inquiry. That Facebook report is supposed to be “satire” designed to inflame. You can fact check by opening your search engine and typing in a few key words and open any one of the fact checking sites presented. These stinkers do enough all on their own to get you going. Identify trolls and ignore them.

  • jack macdonald

    11/14/2019 02:00 PM

    What a pile of Shiff!!

  • Paul Russ

    11/14/2019 01:58 PM

    Time to tell it to the Wall Street Journal. Other than Kim Strassel, the reporters and editors of the WSJ keep preaching that this is a self-inflicted wound for which President Trump is responsible.

  • Susan Klinefelter

    11/14/2019 01:37 PM

    So refreshing to read your take on so many insanely unfair reports against President Trump, the President we the people elected, but who has been unfairly treated ever since day one! Ugh! And thankful for your amazing humor that is such a welcome comic relief!! And my husband and I absolutely love your TV show! Never miss a single week! Thank you Mike!!!

  • Marshall Suttles

    11/14/2019 01:29 PM

    I have labeled Wednesday's Circus as the 3 ring SSS act. "The Shift, S---, Show" and that's not "Side"!
    If the American electorate falls for this crap and cannot see what the Trump haters are attempting, then God help US!! I'm still praying that God will "Break the arms of those ready to strike" and I believe we are seeing that take place. PRAY, PRAY, AND PRAY!!!


    11/14/2019 01:26 PM


  • Thomas Campbell

    11/14/2019 01:04 PM

    God help us! As a Vet, and 30 year Firefighter 1st responder, I wonder what is happening to this country? This is not the Democratic Party of my parents! Be ashamed Dems! Thank God for Mike Huckabee who makes sense of the non-sense.
    Respectfully, Tom