January 17, 2020

When I featured Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn’s suggestion that Senate Democrat candidates for President recuse themselves from the impeachment trial, I didn’t know how strongly the story would resonate. But the logic is impeccable. It seems only fair, given that Trump faces impeachment over the mere “presumption” (with no evidence) that he was trying to influence the 2020 election for his own personal gain. Blackburn makes a great point point: for anyone running for President, anything that damages the incumbent provides a huge personal benefit. How can they possibly be impartial in an impeachment trial that could conceivably remove the incumbent President from office (and from running for re-election)? Or, if not remove him, at least hurt his chances to remain in office for another term?

Sen. Blackburn appeared Thursday on FOX News’ HANNITY show. “...They took an oath that they’re going to give impartial justice,” she said, “and if you’re spending those millions of dollars and hundreds of in the world can you do that? And if these guys are out there in Iowa campaigning this weekend, they need to think long and hard about coming back and sitting and saying they are going to be an impartial juror in this trial.”

It wasn't mentioned, but I would add that they might have hard feelings against the accused, considering his trial is taking them off the campaign trail for as long as it goes on.

Blackburn went on to say that there is precedent for asking for recusal, stemming from the 1868 trial of Andrew Johnson (coincidentally also from Tennessee). It was brought up during that trial that certain people who had various conflicts of interest should recuse themselves, though that did not happen. Today, the people running against Trump, assuming they stay in the race, would likewise benefit greatly from Trump’s removal from office during this election year. It makes perfect sense that they should recuse themselves from the trial.

Some Democrats have called for Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to recuse himself from the trial, after he made statements that showed some manner of coordination with the White House. (Hard to know exactly what he meant by that besides what would normally happen). By that standard, all the Democrat candidates for President who are currently senators should recuse themselves. Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer should definitely recuse himself. They are all thoroughly and demonstrably biased, and they’re all “coordinating” with Madam Speaker to make sure this travesty goes forward.

As reported in the WASHINGTON TIMES, Rick Manning, president of Americans for Limited Government, said McConnell does not deserved to be tarred for prejudging the case, saying the Senate leader was merely protecting the President’s right to due process. He said, “The backlash on McConnell is simply politics as usual. This is nothing more than political gamesmanship.”

Indeed. At least Trump has a legitimate reason to look into corruption inside Ukraine, whether or not it involves someone (and/or the son of someone) who may or may not (I'm guessing NOT) turn out to be his political opponent in November. In contrast, all the Democrats running for President, as well as those who aren't, have purely political reasons for wanting to impeach Trump.

On the other hand, according to Keith Whittington, law professor at Princeton University, no member of Congress has ever been forced to sit out an impeachment trial, though some have done so voluntarily. Forcing any lawmaker to recuse him- or herself would break historic precedents, he said. It would take a motion made by another senator to put that on the floor, and it would be decided by John Roberts, though his decision could be appealed to a floor vote.

One other thing: Democrats are trying to implicate Mike Pence, too, and would like nothing better than to get both him and President Trump out. If this happened before November, our next President would be...Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi needs to recuse herself as well.

Also, the NEW YORK POST ran an editorial saying that a real court would reject Adam Schiff, for his dishonesty and "his nonstop campaign to smear President Trump."

Gosh, who's left?  I know! Let’s just acknowledge that this impeachment trial --- “the fruit of the poison tree” --- is so ridiculously partisan that EVERYONE should just recuse him- or herself and shut it down. We all know that Donald Trump’s only “high crime” was being elected President, and the idiots who have a problem with that can vote Democrat in November of this year.

As long as we’re mentioning the HANNITY show, I would be remiss if I didn’t direct you to Thursday’s segment with Mark Levin, in which –- after noting it was Hillary Clinton’s campaign that “colluded” with Russia, to get the Steele “dossier” –- he hearkened back to the Bill Clinton era of the 1990s, when Clinton was up for re-election. Those of you who were around then surely remember that the White House was being sold to the highest bidder.

Clinton wasn’t impeached for THAT, though he arguably should have been. Remember the White House “coffees”? Johnny Chung? Charlie Trie? John Huang? Talk about foreign influence in our elections. Here’s what the LOS ANGELES TIMES wrote at the time:

"The chief of China’s military intelligence secretly directed funds from Beijing to help re-elect President Clinton in 1996. Former Democratic fundraiser Johnny Chung told federal investigators [saying he] met three times with intelligence officials, who ordered $300,000 deposited into [his] bank account to subsidize campaign donations intended for Clinton, according to sources. Chung spread around a great deal of foreign money on Democratic candidates and organizations and bought himself repeated access to the White House. He contributed more than $400,000 to various Democratic campaigns.”

This is money from the Chinese military. “Chung visited the White House more than 50 times.” the story continues, “and brought numerous Chinese associates to events with the President and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.

"Charlie Trie, a longtime friend of President Clinton, raised $1.2 million in foreign dollars for the Clinton Legal Defense Fund and the DNC, and in March 1996, Trie dropped off a donation of $460,000 at the Washington offices of the Clinton Defense Fund, with some of the money in sequentially numbered [bills] made out in the same handwriting.”

It goes on. (Link below.) The point is, Democrats who go on and on about their constitutional duty are a big, fat joke. Nancy Pelosi was around then; what did she have to say about all this dirty Clinton money? NOTHING. We also know, through old KGB files that have been made public, that during Ronald Reagan’s re-election campaign, Sen. Ted Kennedy tried to “collude” with the KGB to defeat Reagan.  Why, he was "the lion of the Senate."

And now, the GAO comes out with a statement that President Trump “broke the law.” We’ll address that case elsewhere, but here’s a question posed by Levin: If Trump’s small delay in sending funds to Ukraine broke the law, what about Joe Biden’s threat to withhold $1.5 billion to Ukraine unless a certain prosecutor –- who just happened to be investigating his son, Hunter –- was fired?

With all the rampant political bias and sleazy, disgraceful misconduct coming from the Democrat side –- both historically and today, right now –- what business do they have trying to take down President Trump for something that was well within his authority as President? With them, it’s always a case of “My rules for you, no rules for me.” Republicans have to UNIFY and stand up to this garbage, and it has to stop.

Levin: House has destroyed the Constitution, it's the Senate's job to fix it


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  • carol kisilewicz

    01/21/2020 07:14 AM

    The rest of the world must be having a great time with all this crap. They just want to get rid of someone that is NOT a politician but is making progress in the white house for our country. He has put a big kink in their plans and making it hard, that is why they are spending all OUR. not theirs, money and their energy, not for this country but to get him out of the way so they can continue.......Prayers for those that need to strength and knowledge to shut this thing down. PRAY FOR AMERICA> Wake up America

  • Jerrold Pettus

    01/19/2020 01:02 PM

    Do you think Mitch, Lindsey and other Republicans have dirty hands will not go after the Dems because of their own skeletons?

    Right now Republicans and Trump better start focusing on local races with a vengeance. Democrats are making great gains locally especially in Red States. There should be a Red State Big Cities Campaign to fight for city council, school boards, judge seats

  • Liz zbishop

    01/19/2020 12:28 PM

    The questions you raise above should be directed to the Dems and their “witnesses”.

  • joseph orsini PhD

    01/18/2020 03:26 PM

    2020 CENSUS:
    the reason California is so welcoming to HOMELESSNESS and

  • David D Allen

    01/18/2020 01:06 PM

    Oh what a tangled web we weave, Dems have painted themselves into a corner allowing more to be revealed than they anticipated. Our Government has changed from a swamp to a cesspool. Bring it all out, expose the Dems for what they are, enemies AGAINST the state. Washington D.C. needs a cleansing. Now is the time!

  • Thomas Pridgen

    01/18/2020 11:25 AM

    Yes Senators Sanders and Warren should recuse themselves from the impeachment trial. It is only fair.

  • Jerry Korba

    01/18/2020 08:32 AM

    The people running to get the Nomination to oppose President Trump is as phony as the Muller Investigation and the Impeachment process these people couldn't win against a mannequin I mentioned months ago a surprise candidate will emerge probably backed financially by Bloomberg. Bloomberg's money has come into play recently and wants to see the defeat of Donald Trump. Sanders will always be the Communist Biden the Dufous will use the office to bribe business or countries the others who cares Warren has no clue who or what she is this is a collection of Freaks that have lived most of their lives being cared for by the taxpayer. Not sure who the surprise contestant will be it will be backed by the Media that you can count on.

  • Alan Doud

    01/18/2020 06:16 AM

    It is definitely a conflict of interest and more than that as we all know. Not only should they recluse themselves. but serious investigations should be focused on them. May they hang from their own gallows. Medefore, not actual hanging. Impeachment of the perpetrators would seem appropriate.

  • Roger Waters

    01/17/2020 11:25 PM

    I think that anyone that has gone on record saying President Trump is corrupt, etc. should recuse themselves. I've thought for a long time that anyone seeking a higher office, should have to resign their current position. They have to spend so much time on the campaign trail, that they can't do justice to their constituents. I've also thought that mass media should not be allowed to endorse any candidate. Once they back one candidate over another, they are no longer a "free" press. They are they rooting for one candidate and cannot be impartial to others.

  • Barb Sabin

    01/17/2020 11:16 PM

    This hypocritical mess is outrageous!!! I do not know how ANY Christian in their right mind could ever, in good conscience, BE or vote Democrat!!! It is just beyond me because Jesus Christ is TRUTH and anyone who follows Him, walks in HIS TRUTH!!! Oh, please pardon me for being POLITICALLY INCORRECT!!?? May God Help America and remove this evil delusion from our precious country!!! AMEN. ps. Thank you Gov Huckabee for giving us a VOICE!!!

  • Carl "T" Smith

    01/17/2020 09:10 PM

    I watched the Levin Segment Twice, once at the regular hour and again on the repeat in Thurs. AM ( my time). I also watched the musing of noted scholars V.D. Hanson, Alan Dershowitz ( NOT a Trumpite) , I followed Ken Starr during the Clinton Impeachment and anyone who has spent more than 15 minutes reading the founding documents and more importantly the Publius( Alexander Hamilton, James Madison & John Jay) papers in the Federalist show the depth to which they agreed to disagree and in my opinion were solidified later by John Adams reply to his wife that " This Republican Constitution was meant for a moral and Religious people and total unfit for any other". Seeing the Influence of Marx, Lenin, Mao, Alinsky and other Progressive Thinkers? in play by not only our Elected Representatives but the Swamp (aka the Bureaucracy) and our 1st A Protected FREE Press shows how Academia has Failed WE the People. Most people take these current things Issue by Issue and become politically motivated when an issue touches them directly.( I was taught all was well until your Bull gets gored). I guess the question is when will MOST of America wake up to Reality? When the PC Police show up at thier door to collect the Governments Due? Anyone remember the Elian Gonzalez case in about 1999-2000? Remember the start of the separation of Church and State argument in the 50's? The first of many missteps of the Supreme Court to Ignore/misinterpret our Founding Documents? Roe V. Wade created out of whole cloth under the guise of patient privacy? and my favorite Nikita Khrushchev's United Nations address that America would never accept communism but would allow loss of individual freedoms one at a time until one day America would Awaken a Socialist Satellite. It appears that day has arrived. Maybe the people will awake in time "In Spite Of" the overwhelming opposition to the Gift our Founders left in our care?

  • gary Stilwell

    01/17/2020 08:33 PM

    here's what you wrote:

    "One other thing: Democrats are trying to implicate Mike Pence, too, and would like nothing better than to get both him and President Trump out. If this happened before November, our next President would be...Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi needs to recuse herself as well".

    Sir, you need to read our Constitution---pelosi IS NOT IN LINE, here--please stop spreading untruths--

  • Sandra F. Goodwin

    01/17/2020 08:04 PM

    I am so tired of this one sided crooked stuff. It is so sad that all this evil political happening can't be put to rest and all the rich crooked people can't be put behind bars. If it were simple people who have to work for a living they would put us behind bars and throw away the key forever ... So sad.

  • Dawn Street

    01/17/2020 08:00 PM

    I agree with Mark Levin that the House has destroyed the Constitution and it's the Senate's job to restore it.

    There is a rumor that if the impeachment fails, Trump will be allowed to run for a 3rd term and you will be in charge of his 2024 campaign. I say hogwash. What do you say?

  • Mary G Oscarson

    01/17/2020 07:55 PM

    I fully agree with you Mike!


    01/17/2020 07:16 PM

    The liberal democratic party is wrecking the nation.

  • Lynn Broesch

    01/17/2020 06:34 PM

    There should NOT even be a trial. Nothing he did rides to the action of impeachment! Do not give validity to this by having a trial. DISMISS IT NOW!

  • Jim Brookins

    01/17/2020 06:27 PM

    Are all "Republicans UNIFIED" and standing up to the trash pile? As per normal, your newsletters and Huckabee Show as my source of information. God Bless you!

  • Herbert Williams

    01/17/2020 06:25 PM

    I disagree with your statement that Trump took those Senators out of the running in Iowa. It was leader of the House that did that, to me it was plain to see she held the Impeachment documents up so the democrats could be sure that those 4 senators would have a bigger chance of loosing the Iowa primary, otherwise trying to grease the wheels for Biden.

  • Grace R Blankenship

    01/17/2020 06:23 PM

    The Bible teaches you to do unto others as you would have others do unto you and that God is not mocked for what so ever a man sows that shall he also reap. And it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of The Living God. Frankly I wouldn't want to be in the Democrats shoes right now.
    But Fellow Republicans if you do not stand up for what is right and just and stand beside your Commander in Chief in his hour of need, in the face of defamation and character assassination by the Democratic party's efforts to destroy this Christian nation's principals and it's leader then you are no better than those who unjustly accuse him. Stand up for your convictions and straighten your backbone and let your President know you are beside him and with him all the way---not with lip service but actions---get out and vote and encourage others to do the same!

  • Brenda Easterling

    01/17/2020 06:16 PM

    Someone told me today that the House and the Senate told President Trump that he had to give the money back to the Ukraine and when he said no he broke the law and that is why the dems are trying to impeach the President. Is that true? This person said that was going against the Constitution.

  • Wendell Hurst

    01/17/2020 06:09 PM

    It has become painfully obvious that there democratic party is taking shooting ones' self in the foot to a new level beyond anything we've seen in the past.

  • Jerry Korba

    01/17/2020 06:02 PM

    I am really surprised that the China military would try and influence the Clintons Bidens Obamas Polosi's Finestiens with pay for play type scheme these govt, officials they wouldn't think of trading money for the taxpayers resources would they? The action they use in front of the camera says they are really honest, live by the Constitution and preach nobody is above the law does anybody buy that? I will reserve judgement if we could ask them some questions after they had a large dose of truth serum I may have to say that the only way to get the truth from these people is to inject them with the serum just like little Dinero shot Greg in Meet the fauckers.

  • Harold Levi

    01/17/2020 05:17 PM

    Question: Are the Marxist-Democrat candidates for President using Federal property to travel while campaigning? Does Nancy use Federal aircraft to travel to and from California? If so, why is she not being brought up on charges of misuse of Federal assets. Also, does she claim the cost on her taxes??

  • Thala J Susag

    01/17/2020 05:05 PM

    "March of the Penguins" ... that's classic!
    I've been thinking Pelosi will forever have egg on her face.
    It occurred to me this whole impeachment charade may
    have been a Russian plot that the "all-knowing" House
    Dems (with Nancy in the lead) fell for. The Russians are
    probably still laughing.