October 24, 2019

After months of being excluded from the closed-door “impeachment inquiry” of the House Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees –- hearing only the selective leaks, lies and talking points orchestrated by Adam Schiff –- Republicans finally grew spines and said “enough is enough!” On Wednesday, they marched through the halls of the Capitol Building and down, down, down the stairs to the secure room –- a SCIF, pronounced “skiff” –- where the secret hearings are being held, and (horrors!) walked right into the room, disrupting the planned testimony of Pentagon official Laura Cooper, the person who oversees matters pertaining to Ukraine and Russia. What fun it would have been to be touring the Capitol that day and see history in the making, as apparently nothing like this has ever happened before.

No, I don’t mean the Republicans growing spines, though that happens all too rarely. I mean the organized disruption of a secret meeting. And they didn’t “storm” the room, as many in the mainstream press have reported. They calmly entered, following the lead of Minority Whip Steve Scalise, and sat quietly. They didn’t do anything to block the testimony; Democrats simply wouldn’t proceed with them there. As for the charge that they brought cell phones and other electronic devices into a “secure” room, it should be noted that this hearing had been specified as non-classified. According to Scalise, Schiff looked around and realized they weren’t leaving, so “he took his witness and ran out of the room.”

The GOP legislators ordered in pizzas --- 17, to be exact --- as Schiff’s hearing was delayed for five hours. There were also two large bags of Chick-Fil-A. So at least for a while, the fetid stink of the swamp in that room was replaced with the smell of delicious pizza and chicken.

How dare the Republicans behave so inappropriately! This just isn’t done. Never mind that Congress trying to impeach a President of the United States in secret REALLY is not done. That’s certainly a first.

Once the drama subsided, Cooper testified for over three hours, and, yes, it was behind closed doors. As reported by FOX News, North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows said there were conflicts between her testimony and that of William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, who appeared (also behind closed doors, of course) on Tuesday.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called what Republicans did a “stunt.” “This stunt from House Republicans is designed to intimidate people from revealing the truth --- hardly the hallmark of a democracy. It’s outrageous --- but not surprising --- behavior.” Hey, if anyone is an expert on hiding the truth and working against democracy, it’s Schumer. And if anything is a stunt, it’s this whole sham “impeachment.”

As POLITICO reported, New Jersey Democrat Rep. Tom Malinowski dismissed the Republicans, saying, “It’s a bunch of Freedom Caucus members having pizza around a conference table pretending to be brave.” In truth, some were Freedom Caucus members, others were not, and the Freedom Caucus deserves high praise for not backing down over these months and recognizing the right of the American people to know what’s being done behind closed doors.

Apparently, the Judiciary Committee –- the one normally at the helm of any legitimate impeachment inquiry –- has been completely shut out, and we still don’t know why Speaker Nancy Pelosi sidelined Jerrold Nadler. (We do know that she must see advantages to having the Intel Committee run things, such as using its ability to hold classified hearings to shroud what they’re doing in secrecy.) Schiff is running this show now and he makes up his own rules as he goes along. There is no way to know if these hearings are being conducted with any fairness or any sense of accountability. But I think we might safely assume the worst.

Recall that yesterday, we looked at how Hillary Clinton wanted to run the Nixon impeachment hearings. Back then, the Judiciary Committee shut her down. She must look at what is happening now and rub her hands together with glee. Former independent prosecutor Ken Starr warned Wednesday in an interview with Shannon Bream that a “constitutional train wreck” is coming, but that it could still be avoided if Congress would follow the proper proceedings, with a real vote on the floor of Congress and hearings conducted in public. “I think this is quite evil and pernicious,” he said, “to have the battling narratives of what happened [behind] closed doors when there’s no classified information.”

Democrats say the Republicans were just taking (literal) marching orders from President Trump, but they say they did it because they are fed up. Some of them accused Republicans of doing this because they were scared after Bill Taylor’s Tuesday testimony and needed some distraction from that. But if you can get past the highly misleading MSM headlines, you’ll see that his testimony offered no evidence of the alleged quid pro quo (military aid in exchange for investigating the Bidens).  Obviously, they'd subpoenaed Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, to testify because of texts he'd exchanged with two State Department officials, Kurt Volker and Gordon Sondland, in which he wrote, “As I said on the phone, I think it’s crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign.” Wow, the Democrats must have thought they’d hit the jackpot with that.

But they apparently hit a dry hole again (details below). It’s too bad we don’t have all the testimony, especially on video, because it would be fun to watch Adam Schiff trying with all his might to lead witnesses to say Trump tied military aid to targeting the Bidens. This would be entertaining stuff, the kind that goes down well with some delicious pizza.

Top US Envoy in Ukraine Testifies in Democrat-Run Impeachment Probe

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  • Jeff McLaughlin

    03/31/2020 03:36 PM

    Don’t the republicans have as much right to be in that room as the demonrats?

  • Vernon Hinz

    10/27/2019 06:58 PM

    It is about time these spineless Republicans woke up and start to fight. The problem is there are still a few like Romney who are still jealous of Trump and seem to side with the Dem's

  • Randy Wayne Rose

    10/26/2019 04:21 PM

    It is my opinion that every Democrat should be Fired with no pay and they receive no pensions. Because of the secret meeting the Democrats had Tuesday Night trying to Impeach our President. Thank God that their were Republicans with listening devices and recorders. The Republicans have the evidence so they should Fire all the Democrats its only Fair

  • Anne Hill

    10/25/2019 06:07 PM

    It's about time the Republicans put their "Big Boy Pants" on and looked into all this impeachment crap before the dispicable liberals destroy our government.I am amazed that they have been allowed to continue their road to destruction since the election of President Trump without any consequences.They are fighting every benefit he has given to us.The way they have acted since our President was duly elected in 2016 is a disgrace and is making our country look weak in the eyes of the world.

  • Rita Howard

    10/25/2019 12:08 PM

    With the Democrats weird,bizarre behavior, my opinion is the Democrats should be tested daily for alcohol and drugs!!!!

  • Gloria Becker

    10/25/2019 12:08 PM

    Has ANYTHING been accomplished by this Congress?? All I heard about from the media is the impeachment fiasco. Are they passing anything?

  • Nelson Reynolds

    10/25/2019 10:15 AM

    I am for one embarrassed at the childish behavior of our elected officials in the house while I watch the government in action on C-Span. I hear repeatedly allotted time allocated to speak and almost all the time they go over the pre-announced allotted time. Also often the speak of the house reminds a person they are to refrain from ( example: not to make accusations against the president). I am “SHOCKED” that as we live in a country made up of either “RULES” or “LAWS”. That there are no Rules or laws in government proceedings that carry consequences. Rules and laws carry consequences in the rest of our society. WHY not in the house and Congress. Consequences are needs even the more so as these in office act more like children than seasoned adults. Actual Example : my daughter a college student, drive to a book store and parked ( in this case unknowing) in a reserved parking spot. When she returned to her car she realized she had a consequence to pay, a $25.00 fine. What if in the house and congress we imposed a financial consequence for breaking a RULE or LAW. I have found out in coming up through life that consequences are a GREAT deterrent to bad behavior. And especially financial ONES!

  • Marie Schaefer

    10/25/2019 09:57 AM

    We need to start making a ruckus and protest the same ways as the dems have done since trump was elected. But we would probably be arrested

  • Dennis Joe Houk

    10/25/2019 07:59 AM

    For myself it is getting harder and harder to trust any Democrat - those in high elected office. There seems to be a problem with the truth... Warren has a problem with her heritage - she continually waves her hands around like a scared chicken- Biden is willing to investigate President Trump and his family but do not investigate Biden's son. Now there is Maxine Waters who seems to be so full of hate, I believe she needs an intervention. Pelosi, Schumer, Shifty, Wasserman- Schultz, and many others could not stand up to the investigation that Donald Trump and his family has. I believe America is at a point. That point will we still be a shining Democratic Republic or another of the world's also ran socialist countries headed into poverty

  • Helen Corey

    10/25/2019 07:08 AM

    3 cheers for Republicans restoring representation of the people to Congress. So tired of reading how Democrats (what a misnomer that is for group of people trying to destroy democracy in US) succeed in bullying our government and getting away with it. Complicit in this is MSM. We all know it and can only fight back by writing our congressional representative, futile as that feels as they usually respond with “we will do what we think is right.” We can fight back by donating what we can to those we feel truly represent us, shutting off partisan social (another misnomer—should be antisocial—media) media. Voting. Pleading for Voter ID over and over and over. And the big action—praying every day for our representatives like those who entered rogue secret meetings in Washington DC.

  • Margaret Henson

    10/25/2019 05:15 AM

    Thanks Governor Huckabee for your commentary on today's current events. Your sense of humor of the Republican Congressman being armed with pizza and Chic-Fil-A quietly seating themselves at least gives one hope that there is still some brain cells in Congress. I am so thankful for the civilized Republican Congress for losing a few of their brain cells today and standing up for what is right for we the people. The uncivilized Democrats have been allowed to create division in this country that we the people love for many years with their asinine activities. I think seeing them run down the steps to their secret unclassified meetings runs a close race to beating out first place winner of the Democratic asinine activities known as the Muller Witch Hunt. I really am disgusted that taxpayer dollars are paying for such activities. As long as the Democrats are acting out of character trying to overthrow a government(which is called treason), I say they all should refuse their salaries or better yet no more payroll checks be written to them until some sanity is restored in Congress.

  • jamie ensley

    10/25/2019 04:10 AM

    i believe nancy pelosi is the one that has done crimes fit for impeachment.

  • Kathleen Wood

    10/25/2019 02:19 AM

    This is a coup. It is the purposeful undermining of Presidental authority for political power and personal gain.

  • Richard J Babiec

    10/25/2019 12:20 AM

    Trump, the man who gave up his billionaire lifestyle to be humiliated, ridiculed and slandered to save the American people... Think about it!!!

  • Nancy

    10/24/2019 10:33 PM

    The dems are able to get away with this because most folks listen to MSM and they believe the lies being told. Now we find out the fake whistle blower is getting paid by the same company as Hunter Biden! This swamp is too deep to drain!

  • Sharon Evers

    10/24/2019 09:13 PM

    Republicans have stood for this behavior long enough...TOO LONG. I want to see our president supported by representatives who care about the American people for a change! While all this time is being wasted, NOTHING is being accomplished for the good of our country!! President Trump has done so much alone so far, we just wonder how much he could do for OUR good if he had cooperation! Sooo tired of these haters who want to change our government & who get away with whatever they decide to do when and how they decide to do it!

  • Steven Lechenberg

    10/24/2019 08:45 PM

    I think the democrats know what they are doing. They know this impeachment shrade is going nowhere. They are waiting for it fail. Know here is the interesting part, when the impeachment fails their brown shirts will come out, ANTIFA, and start protesting(RIOTING) against our dully elected President Donald Trump. The democrats know they can’t win a fair election and our counting on organized chaos to suppress Trumps supporters. This TATIC will continue until election time. Then after Trump wins his second term, quite literally all hell will break lose. From until election time net November this will be their main tactic. I have always said the democrats are willing to destroy this country to get what they want.

  • Jerry

    10/24/2019 07:37 PM

    Isis is troublesome to say the least. Donald when you bring home the troops why not put them in charge of finding isis here in the US round Isis up just like you did in Syria. I wonder what all these people that have all the opinions on Syria have that the Administration doesn't have. We as Americans do not dream of chopping heads off, drowning people in cages setting people on fire that is the ideas of radical Islamist we are founded on peace and freedom. We have a lot of different people here in the US that is OK the reason you should be here is because of Peace and Freedom I still think when I see riot in the street, violent behavior, collect them incarcerate, give them a court date individuals that commit these crimes need to face judgement not a slap on the finger when local police refuse to protect, we have troops to protect our country if the police stand by and do nothing that moniker belongs to our House of Reps. we don't need another government group doing nothing. Bring the troops in they have face worse felons than what these coward groups have, our troops would contain these felons with ease like a kid with bad behavior putting them in a time out. Bring home the troops we have plenty of work here. MAGA Hey Portland can your group stand up to our troops lets find out how about a trial run lets see how brave your group is when they are not beating on old people women and kids and breaking up your store fronts dear coward mayor get your twin mayor from Mlps have them bring their group lets have winner take all your cowards agains our troops. Mayors get out from under the bed let your partner go stop using it as a shield i was just kidding just be glad I'am not the President. You will be OK little mayors. President Trump will protect you. MAGA

  • Judy Radley

    10/24/2019 07:36 PM

    Good for Them! Finally they are acting on our best interest, to uncover all the illegal cover-ups the Democrat Liberals who want Socialized Communism to overtake our U.S. Constitution. Isn't that one example of treasonous behavior? The GOP need to do MORE OF THIS and not let these Liberals rule the roost and ignore True American Values, Morals, Laws, and what the Majority of Americans indeed VOTED FOR when they Elected President Donald Trump. He has got America's BEST INTERESTS in his leadership, for ALL American Citizens, even those who hate him, the Liberals, will and have still also benefited from his America First policies! As typical of Liberal and ungrateful thugs, they still 'bite the hand that feeds them', by not being open-minded and giving anything good a chance. They are just hateful, spiteful 'out-of-touch' silver-spoon-fed elitists who only want the whole 'sandbox' to themselves! They hate humility, and never learn from their own consequences, because they blame everyone else for their own misguided hateful choices.

    Thank Goodness the Republicans have finally realized that President Trump IS Making The Right Choices for ALL Americans, and they need to defend his honor, even if it isn't popular. It is tougher to do the RIGHT thing than the popular thing. Popularity comes and goes, but doing right is never just a fad, but always a virtue.

  • Heidi Petrick

    10/24/2019 07:33 PM

    Hey Governor, kind of sad and amusing at the same time but bravo and bravissimo to the Republicans who walked in on this meeting, sat, listened and ate! The Democrats need to be given a good stiff cup of chamomile tea and told to put their theatrics to rest and REALLY do something for this precious country to keep it strong! God bless you and yours Governor! Heidi

  • Kenneth g stach

    10/24/2019 07:29 PM

    I do not understand why with all the criminal action of Hilliray, Obama & many other liberals why they are not locked up?
    Thank you for the truth.

  • Stephen Rein

    10/24/2019 07:28 PM

    The Republicans, should have said, this is like a Nazi interogation room. To me, thats what it looks like. It is funny Schiff does not jave a whip there, to threaten the wittnesses. The witnesses should take lessons from Hillary. I do not recall.

  • Carl Smith

    10/24/2019 07:21 PM

    Since MOST of the media is Left of center or outright socialist I don't expect them to realize they are destroying any chance of salvaging the reputation that what few Journalist we have left. It takes a very special kind of Stupid to realize your cutting your own throat thinking your on the right side of not only history but OUR REPUBLIC

  • Carl Smith

    10/24/2019 07:00 PM

    We Used to be a Constitutional Republic run by, In John Adams words, a Moral and Religious People, but are now being Run by Sectarian Socialist. What could possibly go wrong? Not sure where but Lexington and Concord are examples. It just might occur a little closer to the Swamp.

  • Judith M. Hendricks

    10/24/2019 06:26 PM

    Thank God the Republicans are finally doing something! I've thought for weeks, "Where is the response from the Republicans to this awful, secret spectacle the Democrats are foisting on our country?"