By now, we are all sick and tired of hearing about Impeachment, but this is a historic event and must be covered. Out of the 44 men who have served as President of the United States, 3 of them have been impeached. Fully two-thirds of those men impeached have been so for embarrassing Hillary Clinton.
On December 18th, 2019, President Donald Trump was impeached by the US House of Representatives. Article 1 of the US Constitution grants that sole responsibility to the House. Based on rules for the house and senate, the impeachment proceedings are a bit confusing, but let’s just leave it at—the House is responsible for impeaching the President and delivering the articles of impeachment when they feel good and ready—or never if they so choose.
With less than 11 months until the next election, there is a nagging question of why not just wait and vote him out of office? During the proceedings, we heard lots of talk of how critical it was to impeach Trump now that time was of the essence…America could not survive one more day with Trump in office.
At the press conference immediately following the historic vote to Impeach an American President for only the third time in history, the Speaker of the House hinted that she might not deliver the articles to the Senate for trial. So much for the sense of urgency. Today I will share the sentiments of a public servant I respect greatly…Mike Huckabee published an open letter to Speaker Pelosi and I feel you, my listeners should hear it.
Right now someone somewhere is screaming at the podcast, hey dummy, President Trump is the 45th President…not the 44th. Correct, but Grover Cleveland was both our 22nd and 24th President. Just to get that out of the way.
Mike Huckabee served as Governor of Arkansas from July 15th, 1996 until January 9th, 2007. He served as Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas from November 20th, 1993 until July 15th, 1996. In the spirit of full disclosure, I worked on Mike Huckabee’s last Presidential campaign.
With Google selectively showing content from conservatives, it is very likely that you’ve never seen Governor Huckabee’s letter. So I thought the topic important enough to read the letter in its’ entirety for you and then give my commentary on the topic. First the letter.
By MIKE HUCKABEE Published on December 23, 2019
Dear Madam Speaker:
I read the six-page letter sent to you by President Trump on the eve of his impeachment and thought that as long as letters are flying around, I would send you one myself, just as someone trying to help.
The biggest question for you now is what to do next as you contemplate what action might be taken in the Senate. Your follow-up strategy is very important, I know, to your goal of damaging the President as much as possible before the 2020 election. But right now you and your Democrat colleagues are busy celebrating — behind closed doors, of course — and it’s hard for people who are giddy with merriment and even perhaps a bit hung over to chart their next steps. (You’ve tried your best to look somber and be discreet about the celebrations, but some news accounts have slipped out. You know how it is with leaks.)
The impeachment of President Trump is your long-awaited Christmas gift to yourselves, and now that you have finally unwrapped it, you naturally want to play with it a while. Goodness, you’ve worked so hard and have come so far. And you must all be very proud of yourselves, considering you got this done completely on your own, with not one single vote from the Republican side. Who needs those Republicans, right? You made up your own rules and accomplished the deed all by yourselves.
You worked and planned for this, and only this, literally for years. You were single-minded. You did it. You own this.
And Now More Games
But now it’s time for the Senate to take it on. And I just read in The Daily Caller that you are “leaving open” the possibility of withholding the articles of impeachment from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell until you are “assured a fair trial in the Senate.” You said that, so far, you haven’t seen anything that looks fair to you. You’ve apparently suggested to reporters that you plan to hold up the impeachment process.
Wow, what an idea! You get to put the “black mark” of impeachment by President Trump’s name, after railroading him in Adam Schiff’s kangaroo court. And then, for as long as the Senate has to wait to dismiss the charges or have their trial, those charges, vague as they are, continue to officially hang over him. You, of course, use those charges to try to discredit any appointments or other Presidential actions.
The founding fathers never intended something like this, and we know how much you respect the founding fathers because you mention that so often, but, hey, the founders would surely understand if they knew President Trump was really an agent of Russia, right? Of course, they would. They would no doubt give their blessing to anything you did under these unique circumstances.
Anyway, you’ve said you think the President is “goading” you to come after him because he thinks it will “fire up his base.” And, my goodness, I see that you really are playing along. I understand you are still sending out congressional subpoenas to certain prospective witnesses that you didn’t have time to include in Schiff’s proceedings, as you needed to rush through impeachment by Christmas so you could open your present and “ooh” and “ahh.”
You didn’t have time for the court challenge from Trump that would have had to go before a judge (who might have ruled against you), so you just labeled the exercise of his constitutional rights as “obstruction” and forged ahead. As a result, even though you’ve already presented your case for impeachment and voted on it, you’re still working on investigations of Trump, plus his close allies and cabinet members, in three committees: Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs. It just never ends.
How diligent of you to continue building a case against the President even after your part is supposed to be done. This must be why you want to keep calling witnesses even in the Senate. That wish is certainly understandable, Madame Speaker, considering you have no actual evidence at all at this point. It simply isn’t fair for them to require you to make do with the evidence you have — hearsay and gossip and presumption that wouldn’t even be allowed in a court of law. Goodness, how unfair it would be for the Senate to refuse to allow you to continue digging until you finally found something. And we know how deeply concerned you are with basic fairness.
So let me get to the point of this letter. I have a helpful suggestion for you that will give you the fairness you crave, and I think Sen. McConnell might be persuaded to go along with the idea. To make sure the process is scrupulously fair, here’s what you do: just have him follow exactly the same rules in the Senate that Adam Schiff did in the House. There you go, fairness!
This is how it will work: Sen. McConnell gets to make up the rules he wants, just as Schiff did. And being in the majority (as you were in the House), the Republicans vote straight party-line to approve them. Since you are the minority, you don’t get to call witnesses, but they do, and the witnesses can offer any “evidence” they want. You can ask questions — that’s only fair — but only the ones McConnell approves. The Senate majority has the option to dismiss the charges, of course, or it can subpoena Adam Schiff, his staff, Eric Ciaramella (alias “the whistleblower”), Hunter Biden, Joe Biden (after all, just because he’s running for President, he doesn’t have immunity), and numerous others. Maybe even Ukrainian President Zelensky would like to come to testify — no quid pro quo involved.
That would be fair. After the way you treated the House Republicans, the slightest concession you get from the Senate should be considered gravy. And withholding the articles of impeachment is not going to help you, Madame Speaker, as it will just make you folks look more pathetic than you already do if that is possible. This is one Christmas present you might be sorry you asked for.
Just trying to help. I’ll leave you with a quote from ranking House Judiciary member Doug Collins: “…history will reflect that Donald Trump is the third President to be impeached. History may also shortly reflect that he’ll be the first President to be re-elected after being wrongfully impeached.”
Gov. Mike Huckabee
PS. Rep. Collins also said this; I thought you might appreciate it: “The funny thing about obstruction, any time the Democrats get caught trying to frame this President for some crime he didn’t commit, they follow up by accusing him of obstructing their efforts to frame him for the things he never did in the first place.”
You can click over to read the full letter by visiting my website, www.cgap.today and clicking on the link referenced in today’s episode transcript. Source: https://stream.org/mike-huckabees-open-letter-nancy-pelosi/
Can someone be guilty of obstruction of justice if they are not guilty of the original crime for which they are accused? This is the question that will be debated for the next century. I remember social studies, as a child, reading through the discussions of our founding fathers on the merits of various parts of the constitution. Our founding fathers put a great deal of thought into the concept of eternal fairness—fairness that could not be perceived as generational centered. Our founding fathers also worked very hard to make sure their decisions were not ground to one particular political ideology. No, the founding fathers sought to create a document that was scripted by God for a free man that would forever be uniquely identified as American.
In the Russia Collusion case against President Trump, the independent special counsel found there were no grounds for a collusion charge against President Trump. The Democrats grabbed on to obstruction and cried “the cover-up is always worse than the crime.” If there is no crime, how then can there be a cover-up?
In the impeachment proceedings, the Progressives chanted (heck shouted) Quid Pro Quo! The Ukrainian President said there was no quid pro quo, the money did make it as designated by Congress, and the investigation President Trump asked for of Vice President Biden never happened…in short, there was no crime as charged by the Democrats. Never-the-mind, obstruction of congress and abuse of power are the new charges, because “no one is above the law, not even a President.” I ask again if there is no crime, how then can there be obstruction of congress or an abuse of power?
The conditions the Progressive Democrats are setting for America fly in the face of the efforts our Founding Father put into separating politics from governance. The new tenor of politics in America are evil, dirty, and dangerous. Gov. Huckabee uses some humor to highlight the depravity of the Democrats’ action, but the media and the all-powerful internet giants are hiding the truth. How can American’s make up their own mind if all the media outlets report a one-sided, politically-biased point of view and the internet search engines actively work to limit access to opposing points of view? The answer is we can’t and that is on purpose.
Our founding fathers carved out special protections for our media: granting them the ability to serve as watchdogs for the republic. They figured a capitalistic drive would keep the media outlets focused on providing both-sides of the debate so as to not alienate any customers. After all, if a newspaper from 1840 published only one-side of the story, people would stop buying the paper and it would go out of business—the editors of the paper could not allow that to happen…not just for monetary reasons, but also because of moral reasons. It was the job of a journalist to report the facts and let the chips fall where they may. Not anymore…journalists now report from their personal point of bias with hopes of influencing the public sentiment. The practice has become so common that the politicians who hold favor of the political bias of the media can count on favorable coverage. An example is the Speaker of the House holding the Articles of Impeachment. Very few media outlets are bemoaning the approach, but instead are applauding the brilliance. As Gov Huckabee points out, the goal with this move to hold back the articles is to hold Impeachment over President Trump’s head throughout the election with hopes influencing the outcome of the election…
Wait a minute. Influencing the outcome of the election has a funny ring to it. Did not the Progressives charge President Trump with colluding with a foreign party to influence the outcome of the 2016 election? Did not Nancy Pelosi call this fact unAmerican? Did not the Democrats charge President Trump for trying to damage a potential Presidential Campaign Opponent with an investigation that would hang over him throughout the campaign? This is sounding strangely familiar. Sure, Tucker Carlson said it best, whatever the Democrats accuse you of doing is exactly what they themselves are guilty of. Thank goodness the Democrats can count on the media to provide political cover. Even forbid some reporters ask any questions.