February 4, 2021
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It’s great to see so many readers engaging with us, commenting --- both pro and con --- on our voice of reason at this time of mass hysteria. We’re trying to get through all the letters, promise! Here are responses to two more...

From Gary:

I just have three quick questions:

1.) Since Senator Patrick Leahy is presiding over the 'impeachment' trial, does he have a vote on conviction? The Chief Justice does not have a vote, so why should Leahy, since he is assuming that capacity.

2.) What gives Senator Leahy the authority to preside anyway? I cannot anywhere in the Constitution that says this it is permissible for a Senator to preside over an impeachment trial.

3.) The impeachment articles were delivered AFTER Trump had left office, and was a private citizen, What gives the Senate the authority to try ANY private citizen?

(asking for a friend)

From the Gov:

The short answer: none of this is constitutional. They are making it up as they go along.

Having Sen. Leahy presiding over an impeachment trial is entering uncharted territory, since the Constitution says “the Chief Justice SHALL preside...” Chief Justice John Roberts has wisely chosen not to accept this dubious honor and will play no part in the "trial," so Sen. Leahy has graciously taken it upon himself. I assume he will decide for himself whether or not his vote counts. My guess is that it WILL. This whole circus is already so unconstitutional that, hey, why the heck not?

So, with President Trump already out of office and the Chief Justice not presiding, is what we have even a real impeachment trial? I’m not a legal scholar by any means, but I certainly have a lot of company in saying it is not. What we have here is a big fat banana-republic-style show trial. Your friend is correct in saying the Senate does not have authority to try a private citizen.

Accordingly, Trump’s attorneys are arguing that this entire process is unconstitutional, not only for the reasons mentioned above but also because the House impeachment was conducted without any due process. They also say that Trump is innocent of the charges he was impeached for, having never incited violence, and that they can present evidence that the Capitol breach was planned well in advance of his speech.

Democrats want to "convict" Trump because they think it will prevent him from holding office again, ever. They said he didn’t deserve to in their legal brief filed February 2. (The "trial" is scheduled for next week, starting February 8.) But legal experts point out that they don’t have this power other than with appointed offices, not elected ones. And to do this, even if it were constitutional, they’d have to reach a 2/3 vote on conviction, which they are not going to get.

Will this common-sense argument stop the Democrats? Of course not. But Sen. Lindsay Graham has said that if they call even one witness, Republicans will call a slew of their own, tying up the Senate for weeks at least. Maybe they'll even call the guy in the Viking helmet, if only to establish that he was there at the Capitol long before Trump gave his speech and didn’t even hear it.

Personally, I’d like to see the Republicans call John Sullivan, the left-wing activist who participated, was arrested and charged but then violated terms of bail. What was he really doing there?

I’d like to know how many other left-wing activists were involved in the Capitol breach. Again, we know the so-called insurrection was planned quite a while in advance and had nothing to do with what Trump said.

On the other hand, Trump’s attorneys say they won’t be bringing in the issue of election fraud. It apparently is not true that Trump parted ways with his previous team over that issue. New attorney Bruce Castor said, “There are plenty of questions about how the election was conducted throughout the country, but that’s for a different forum, and I don’t believe that’s important to litigate in the Senate trial because you don’t need it. President Trump has plenty to win with what he has.” Here’s more from THE EPOCH TIMES.

Jonathan Turley warned that even the House impeachment –- not even counting the Senate trial –- was doing great damage to the Constitution.

Turley said, “With seeking his removal for incitement, Democrats would gut not only the impeachment standard but also free speech, all in a mad rush to remove Trump just days before his term ends.” He said that Trump’s speech did not meet the legal standard for “incitement” and would be seen by the Supreme Court as protected speech. This sounds like just the kind of defense Trump’s attorneys are planning for his trial.

"The damage caused by the rioters...was enormous,” Turley said. “However, it will pale in comparison to the damage from a new precedent of a snap impeachment for speech protected under the First Amendment.” Of course, the House did it anyway.

Thanks for writing, Gary; hope I answered your questions.

From Paul:

Thanks for allowing me to comment, Governor. I am very disillusioned, with the Republican "club," and you. For two or three years, you have been chicken little on these CIA/FBI pending indictments. Time and again you breathlessly announced that charges, indictments and jail time was coming. The Democrats are destroying America with unbridled activism and relentless action while the "club" stonewalls and stands around in togas, all the while complicitly skewering Trump. Disgusting. 74 million Americans will not soon forget this insider treachery. Loyalty is supposed to work both ways. I wish Trump would start a 3rd party.

From the Gov:

Thanks for writing, Paul, but I think you mischaracterize my reports. The investigations have been interminable, and I don’t think we’ve ever said anyone was going to jail. We’ve said people DESERVE to go to jail, which is a different thing entirely. I share your abject disappointment and disgust that no one has been held accountable.

We can tell you what investigators have turned up, and we can point you to solid sources and great books exposing much of the deep state, but as for accountability, well, we can’t do anything about that, much as we would like to.

So, you put me, personally, in “the club,” wearing a toga, standing complicit as the Democrats skewer Trump? Aside from thinking I might look pretty silly in a toga, I have to wonder where on earth you get that image of me. I ran for President; didn’t QUITE make it. I have no power to put anyone in jail, as appropriate as that might be. I've made it crystal clear what I think about the double standard of “justice” in Washington DC.

Right now, increased activism is the very thing I’m encouraging for embittered Republicans. As for starting a third party, that would be the worst mistake conservatives could possibly make. Democrats are hoping beyond hope that we do. Start a new third party, and conservatives will never, ever, ever win another Presidential election. Ever. Guaranteed.

Thanks for writing, Paul. I hope this clears a few things up.


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  • Shannon Foster

    02/12/2021 10:03 AM

    Just curious, since they are letting this impeachment trial take place for Trump now that he is out of office... will all other presidents out of office be able to be be charged with something and impeached?

  • Lisa Barnes

    02/12/2021 12:18 AM

    I am curious about the role George W Bush played on the election. He has remained relatively silent during President Trump's administration. I know the Bush family does not like Donald Trump, but they never credited him with any accomplishments. Yet, just before the election he spoke up. He did not say he would vote for Joe Biden but he was clear he would not vote for Donald Trump. George Bush is well aware of the destruction Joe Biden will cause including the abortions of so many babies. Why hasn't the anyone spoken of this? I believe he is an opportunist and will eventually promote his brother Jeb for the next election. So many are frustrated at the lack of exposure to this behavior. I would appreciate any input.

  • Maureen Odonnell

    02/07/2021 09:50 PM

    I get angry when I hear republicans saying “nothing I can do” or capitulating to democrats. We need conservatives that do the same thing as democrats with the same accountability or should I say NO accountability.
    Republicans are rapidly confirming Bidens people. Democrats stalled & fought everyone Trump nominated! And many of Bidens nominees need to be challenged! I know it’s an uphill battle but it seems republicans are to eager to quit.
    Example: Nunes & Grassley (even when in majority) never got subpoenaed info. They should have sent capital police & arrested them.
    Republicans need to get their message out. Difficult with a media lying but they need to step out more. We need Parler back & conservative tv station.
    I’m no lawyer but shouldn’t every executive order have a conservative suing?
    Illegals crossing & bringing covid & sex slaves needs fought & advertised.
    You know rich & powerful people. Won’t you encourage some plans to help we the people.
    Thanks for any help
    Maureen

  • Mark Tercsak

    02/07/2021 10:42 AM

    Before leaving this site , I saw some comments on starting a third party!
    I decided to leave a comment.
    There truly no longer is such a thing as an American Liberal, what that meant was a person who had a liberal view of the Constitution, they are as hated as we who label ourselves as Conservatives, which meant a conservative view of the Constitution.
    Ronald Reagan once said there is no Right or no Left , but only an up or a down!
    I argue you are either a Constitutionalist or you are Not!
    Being a true Constitutionalist may not be always beneficial for oneself! And we must put aside our selfishness and put the greater good for America First, that is a Patriot!
    Now if you are on board with this concept , then you are an American Citizen!
    And there is no need to create a third party ; because one already exists, it's called the Constitution Party!
    Let me say this to you liberals who cares more the Demo-Nazi-Party, who kills jobs and enslaved folks to welfare programs?
    Or Constitutionalists who create jobs and create opportunities for folks to free themselves and to govern themselves?

  • Mark Tercsak

    02/07/2021 10:27 AM

    As an American Citizen most of us have failed our requirements as Citizens of our Nation and have placed Our Constitutional Representative Republic in pearl! It is Our duty and obligation to know the Law of the Land the Constitution and put it into practice and defend with our very lives if need be and when we have others who we all know full well have broken their oath of Office , spit on , exit on , and trampled on the Constitution, Nancy Pelosi it is our Duty as Citizens to Arrest her and to charge her with Treason and if necessary create a Court and bring these folks to justice.

    Ultimately we the People created our Respective States and together We The People and Our Respective states are the two entities the Constitution and our Bicameral Congress are supposed to Represent, this means they in Congress work or are supposed to work for us!
    Folks their actions in Congress and in the Courts and Government Bureaucrats have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are not to serve us or represent us.
    They are there to enrich themselves and place this Republic and brothers and sisters in pearl and to enslave them!

  • Carl T Smith

    02/06/2021 09:53 PM

    I agree a third party at this juncture is just what the OLIGARCHS want. They CONTROL Academia, Media, and now the Controls of Power. There is not a snowballs chance in -ell that We the People can outspend the Oligarchs and stripping them of their grip on Communication is like telling the Teachers and Public Employees Union to vote FOR the Republic. I have to have to say this but as soon as the Biden Admin. has a year to get his Sponsors what they desire the Economy will crash and for the good of the Republic it MUST be severe and lengthy. Americans have not had any skin in the game since WWII. Half the nation has the "YOU OWE ME" attitude. When they have NOTHING then maybe-Just Maybe they will wise up!

  • David Klier

    02/06/2021 02:33 PM

    Former Gov, mistake it might be to start a third party, is a mistake I as a voter, I am willing to make. The party, you say we should be loyal to, was not loyal to the President. They made him sign a paper when he started running, then, at the right time they turned their back on him, just like I and many others will do.

  • Angela Smith

    02/05/2021 09:55 PM

    President Trump warned us that everything we are seeing now would happen, I had no doubt. All the signs were there. Millions of people feel as though the election was stolen, by CHEATING! How in the world, What in thew world can we do to fix this mess? Over, and over we see injustice, over and over we see no accountability for our laws and our constitution. At what point to we the people watch over and over again our politicians do nothing to stand for justice that we have no other choice but to fight? I am not a radical, but we are all wondering how long can we stand by while the people we voted into office do nothing and let this country become another Venezuela, if we loose our rights we will never get them back.

  • Bill Gillies

    02/05/2021 07:35 PM

    Gov. Mike - I expect you've seen Mike Lindell's exposure documentary
    On the undeniable "Absolute Proof" about election fraud. Will the
    Democrats now just say: "ok, but you're too late ! "
    "We won, and it's over" ? Or - do we still have some small remnants of
    Law and Justice in this country ?

  • Vickie Hendrick

    02/05/2021 04:07 PM

    I’m so frustrated & disgusted with ALL of it! I never thought in my lifetime a group of billionaires would totally shut down The Highest Office inOUR COUNTRY!! My son told me just the other day, please mom don’t say anything that will make someone on the left burn our house down. Is fear a good way to Live-ABSOLUTELY NOT. We all have had a bad year. So many affected by deaths of loved ones, friends, and the saddest thing not being able to go see a parent or friend in a Nursing Care Facility. I have had less faith this last year than any time I can remember in my lifetime! I had to go off Facebook, TV, and negativity!! I refocused myself in FAITH, because I know GOD is our real leader! A friend said God has given the most huge Alter Call EVER! Our Pastor quoted Warren Weirsbe a couple of weeks ago: “it’s easier to identify the lion as it’s roaring, than detect the serpent as it’s slithering into our lives.” Amen. In my honest opinion President Trump was our Lion! I wish more would develop a backbone like him, and your daughter. I read (audiobook) her book...wonderful! I’ve shared with many friends. I sat up the night of January 5th until 4am January 6th, emailing every Congressman, & Senator. I quoted Wiersbe to all of them. I thought January 6 was at a great start, then all heck broke loose. My sons birthday was that day-said worst birthday ever!! I also heard something that I believe is the truth if ever been spoken...Bill O’ Reilly said 2 things for certain 1) President Trump will be the greatest one term President in history, 2) everything that goes wrong in the Biden administration will be Trumps fault! I’m flabbergasted at how much control so many people are pushing, Governors, Teachers Union, BLM (a Nobel peace prize nomination???), Antifa, and Nancy Pelosi & the gang! It’s just unacceptable. I sat last night and wrote a 15 page letter to President Trump. I shared me opinion for what’s it’s worth. I told him first Thank You! I also said I didn’t vote for you to save my soul, just help my country! I believe he did. I think not only he, and Mike Pence did such a great job, I’m so impressed with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo!! Such a great representation to our Nation. I told President a few of my Nanny’s words of wisdom: you are better than no one, no one is better than you, we all bleed the same color. Garage in garage out, take the cotton out of your ears & put it in your mouth-you’ll learn a lot, and never allow anyone to live rent free in your head!! I know President Trump was strong and resilient to withstand 5 years+ of ridicule, and condemnation. How could you not appreciate someone like that going up against bully world leaders from China, Russia, Iran! But gentle enough to recognize Israel and its place in the world. We just all need to step up our faith in God, because he has a plan & we need to be that little mustard seed! I’ll end with this from Gandhi: it is better in prayer to have a heart without words, than words without Heart!! Blessings to you & all your family! ????????????

  • Robert Simonson

    02/05/2021 01:31 PM

    What would happen if President Trump decided not to participate in the Impeachment proceedings, calling them totally unconstitutional. And, at the same time have the Republican Senators do the same. Even if they could somehow impeach him, and try to take away his right to run again in 2024, a Supreme Court hearing would certainly be in his favor. I think John Roberts is not presiding over the current Impeachment trial as that he sees it as unconstitutional.

  • Donald Beck

    02/05/2021 01:17 PM

    If none of this is within the authority of the Constitution, The Senate (in fact Congress) should NOT be paid for the duration of this "trial"/witch hunt/farce, until Congress gets back to the Peoples business.

  • Angela Cannataro

    02/05/2021 01:02 PM

    So, here's my over arching question regarding this entire circus led by the Dems & Liberals ever since Trump took office in 2016, but more so since 2020 and after the election:

    Why are they allowed to do whatever they want unconstitutionally, WHATEVER they want, and it's all illegal, and yet we cannot even speak our minds or decide whether or not we even want to wear a mask on our face during a fake pandemic? I mean fake in terms of the #'s they've been shoving down our throats for almost a year now. We all know the #'s are fake. I personally know several 1st hand stories of people who have either received fake test results back or know people who had a loved one die in 2020 where the hospital listed Covid as the cause of death when they died of nothing related to Covid. One example is a friend's father who died of a heart attack and they listed it as Covid, then the family had to fight with the hospital just to get it removed!!

    So, why are we allowing all of this to take place? And then when millions show up to protest they cry insurrection because a small handful (who were invited inside by the way)...sorry you can't unsee videos of capitol police opening the barricades and doors to the building and just inviting them right in. This was a set up...any moron can see that. But even still...even though they opened the doors and allowed them in, half of the people who went in were not Trump supporters...they were obviously paid to be there to be the first to walk in, in hopes that others would take the bait and follow them inside. Mission accomplished on their part, but why are we just all staying at home and crying about everything? There SHOULD be an insurrection, and there should be Americans who storm in and take over, and maybe there should be a civil war or even secession. You tell me, when in history has it ever worked out for the people to stay quiet, stay at home, and not fight for their freedoms...because according to all that I've studied it has NEVER worked out for the people when they don't fight back or divorce from their oppressors. And in some of your articles you have even said to stay home and don't fall into their traps of insurrection! So, what do we do then? And if the military has taken an oath to defend the people from foreign and DOMESTIC enemies, why are they not storming into the Capitol and removing all of these thugs...thugs who are obviously domestic enemies!

    I'm completely pissed because everyone keeps telling us to just "be good" and "don't cause trouble"...but I can't help but wonder if all of those 6 million Jews could be asked today if they wished they had fought back or at least gotten the hell out of there, would they do that now? I'd have to think they'd do things differently today, rather than peacefully be quiet and hide out, just do whatever they're told, only to get put on trains and sent to their deaths, horrific deaths...and this just happened in the 1940's...not as if this was 200 or 2000 years ago! The liberal Globalists are already following much of the Hitler & Marxist plans as it is...so are we next if we just keep being patient and quiet?

    This whole thing is sickening...the demons who call themselves politicians AND the well-intentioned Americans who are just following along like stupid sheep and telling us, or rather warning us, to just shut up and stay in our homes. I'm sick of it all...everyone from the left to the right. We live in a much different time now, a time where no one is willing to do much to fight for their freedom because they are simply scared. Unfortunately, the only thing that will ever stop what they are doing is war and insurrection. Imagine if when the British were coming they'd all ran and hid in their homes? And when people say "we'll show them during the next election at the ballot boxes"...well how did a fair election work out for us in 2020? You really think we'll ever have fair elections again? They got away with it this time and so they will forever get away with it going forward. I don't see this ending well for us.

  • Larry Newman

    02/05/2021 12:35 PM

    RE: Senators and the filibuster.

    Agree 100%. McSally lost both times because of the money from outside the state. If Sienema changed parties, she would never lose. The GOP has had some strange bedfellows in the chamber before. She wouldn't be that much out of the norm. Same with Manchin. As a repub, he would be there forever. Bottom line is that both know that, and there's the FBI and Secret Service if the the threats become too realistic ................ such as from Schumer.

  • rodney burke

    02/05/2021 11:46 AM

    Paul is in the microwave generation. Not my term but someone else's. Trump is building a case and it takes time. he wants the masses to see what happened on 11/3 clearly and the chaos that Joe and co. want to bring upon us. I have no idea why he says you were complicit, sounds out of touch to me. what needs to happen is the trash cleaned out of the GOP and new blood inserted. "lose gracefully" makes me want to throw something...sharp at someone. we dont have dems anymore, that is now well documented. We have full blown communists. gloves off, brass knuckles and start swinging. they want to get tough against conservative? We get tougher. We have identified the "domestic enemy" We KNOW who they are and they are proud of it. It's time we ACTED like we are fighting the "domestic enemy." some have been saying "he end of the dem party, well they can have the RINOs who want the destruction of the USA or they would NOT be RINOs. America Last no longer flies.

  • Chris Traylor

    02/05/2021 10:18 AM

    Good morning Governor Huckabee. Love your newsletter. Thanks for staying the course and helping to keep me from going off the rails.
    I have a question. If Senators Manchin and Sinema get fed up with their own party campaigning against them, and decide to officially join the Republican Party, would that swing control of the Senate back to Republicans or does their party affiliation stand until the next election cycle?

  • T Kay Hecker

    02/05/2021 09:58 AM

    I read that letter blaming you for things you have no control of. I want to tell you that I used to be able to get information on what is happening in Washington on Fox News due to circumstances I am not able to see Fox News. That's where you come in I rely on YOU to to tell me what is happening in my America. Some of the things are hard to digest. A person feels so helpless, believe me when I say I would have voted for you for President any day. Thank you for being there and not letting them hide all the corruption that is done to destroy the country. I am 79 years old woman and can't believe that they get away with stuff that I would be jailed for and the key thrown away. Thanks Again for doing the job!

  • Ed Thompson

    02/05/2021 09:54 AM

    Well, it would seem that you have struck a nerve with someone who is accusing you of running around trying to tell people the sky is falling! Not me good sir. I’ve been reading and listening to you and your Daughter ever since Donald Trump was elected by Americans. Your learned insight and keen judgement on the issues, to me, have been spot on the money, as if you have a time machine and have been to the future and now are reporting back what COULD be, if people don’t listen to common reasoning. I’m scared. Seriously. I’ve lived a long time and now I’m seeing stuff that has only happened in banana republics and reported in magazines like Life and Newsweek but it’s now here right now in America. The wrong people are voting the wrong people into our governments and everyone will suffer from these actions. Hearing pie in the sky promises that can’t be filled without totally undermining everything from a financial standpoint to the people who pay taxes but voting them in office is a bad sign that education has failed to make people aware of how everything happens to keep America running the way it needs to be run. I’m scared. Not exactly for me more than for the future generations that IF America is still around, the debt they are being saddled with right now. Adding more in the amounts these idiots are trying to get I know what comes next and no one will be happy that everything was handed out and their debts were forgiven! It will all come back to haunt everyone who lives and works here. And forget about those people who don’t have jobs,they are the ones that will suffer the most. The very ones these idiots claim to be working for! Writing is on the wall— the world has so many examples of what these people are doing wrong—learn from the past or get ready to repeat it right here and now. I’m definitely scared.

  • Bonnie White

    02/05/2021 09:14 AM

    These Democrats need a solid whack over their heads with a hard bound copy of the Constitution and rules of law....how long will they be allowed to get away with such shenanigans?

  • Komamel

    02/05/2021 09:08 AM

    I have no trust in any politician, they will say or do anything to get elected. I do have faith in you that you will not lie and i would vote for you for POTUS. These are very scary times with this career liar ( Barak Biden ) his third term.

  • George Murreyt

    02/05/2021 08:14 AM

    Impeaching a person who is no longer in office is just plain ridiculous and unconstitutional. If the senate democrats goes through this impeachment, aka kangaroo court, will once again shoot themselves the in foot. When a chief justice is not presiding, the whole impeachment process will be thrown out. Another waste of recourses and time.

  • Janis Moss

    02/05/2021 01:49 AM

    I watched your daughters tape announcing her run for governor of Arkansas and I wish her success. Loved the confident way she conducted herself as press secretary. My question, in the "donate" section it takes you to the win-red site, so will the donation actually go to her, or to the republican party? Is win-red just a collection agency for individual candidates?

  • Laura Shepherd

    02/05/2021 01:11 AM

    Love your Newsletter! Thanks so much for the scripture and honest, common sense information and analysis!

    My concern is the frequently mentioned “in future elections they will get voted out” if they don’t improve the lives of Americans. I firmly believe, as millions of other voters, that they cheated to win the Presidency and at least the GA Senate seats. What makes you think they won’t cheat in future elections? I don’t see that changing and fully expected the suspect outcome of the GA elections. Clearly, Communism is where we are headed. How do you see it being stopped in future elections?

    Thank you for all you do to support the Conservative Agenda!

  • Anthony Charadia

    02/05/2021 12:27 AM

    Looking in from Australia I cant help but feel the USA has voted in a Dictator. Joe Biden seems to be by-passing your congress and making it up as he goes with executive orders, is that not a Dictatorship?

  • Micky Cullumber

    02/05/2021 12:12 AM

    As you suggested I wrote to both Senators in my state. I've heard back from one of them and it wasn't favorable. I live in a predominantly Republican state. I was disappointed that one of the Senators of my state voted in favor of an impeachment trial for Donald Trump. I wrote to him giving reasons why this is a waste of time and money. I also reminded him that he was elected to that office as the spokesperson for the people in our state.
    His response did not address my concerns nor did he state that he heard from other constituents who are in favor of an impeachment trial. Instead he stated that "President Trump incited insurrection and therefore must be put on trial." He also said that it was his duty to be a "juror" in the Senate.
    I don't agree with his views but I'm more concerned that he isn't listening to his constituency. I wrote to him again emphasizing that he is in Washington DC to represent the people who put him in office. His response was the same as the first time with the added information that Biden won the election and Trump is just a sore loser.
    So, my question to you is, what do we do when our elected officials won't listen? Unfortunately this particular Senator's term isn't up until 2024.
    Thank you for your consideration in this matter.
    Micky Cullumber