Democrats and their allies in the press have been saying President Trump simply has no defense against articles of impeachment. Hill Republicans made the case for the president, but the fact is, the White House had not produced any comprehensive defense in the nearly four months since impeachment began. Until now. In a 110-page memo, White House lawyers make the process arguments that have been widely discussed. But they also go deeply into the substance of the Trump-Ukraine matter — more deeply than Democrats ever predicted they would. In this solo podcast, Byron takes a look at the arguments Republicans will be making in the contentious days and weeks ahead.More
The Senate impeachment trial of President Trump begins in earnest Tuesday. Nobody knows the charges better than Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, who was there for every step of impeachment’s way in the House. The articles of impeachment are actually quite brief, and we go line-by-line through the accusations against the president. Jordan answers them all — he appears to be able to recite key documents by heart — and argues that the Senate should simply dismiss the case before the trial even begins. A preview from a key player in the House.More
Impeachment, the Horowitz report, FISA, battling the FBI, suing CNN, trolling Adam Schiff for getting so much of it wrong — Devin Nunes has a lot to talk about. He goes into detail about how he discovered the FBI’s abuses during the Trump-Russia investigation, and how he faced obstacle after obstacle in his work to make them public. Then, after the Mueller report came out, did he foresee Democrats turning on a dime to impeach President Trump over Ukraine? (Spoiler alert: No.) All that and more in a wide-ranging discussion with the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee.More
Republican Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, sat through all the impeachment depositions, and then all the hearings. He talks about dealing with the witnesses–Vindman, Sondland, Hill, and others–and sees some waning in impeachment enthusiasm. Polls seem to show that, too. So are Democrats irreversibly committed? Are they on board with what Chairman Schiff is telling them? And on an insanely unrelated note: Did you know that Rep. Stewart has flown around the world faster than any other person?More
The inspector general’s report on fired FBI director James Comey changed the way students of the Trump-Russia affair view one of the key moments in the investigation. The players: Comey, President-elect Donald Trump, an FBI laptop, a secure video tele-conference, and the Crossfire Hurricane team. Remember when Comey told Trump the FBI wasn’t investigating him? It wasn’t true.
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A look at the dynamics inside the Democratic presidential race — in these post-Great Awokening times, can the party accept Joe Biden’s back-to-Obama appeal, or will voters choose a left winger? Also: Do we need to pay attention to NeverTrumpers? And finally: Should anyone care about anything that happens in Canada? That and more with the Heritage Foundation’s David Azerrad.More
The world waited for Robert Mueller to testify about his Trump-Russia report. And then, when the moment came, the story quickly turned into the state of Mueller himself. Slow, confused, not up on his own investigation, Mueller’s performance denied Democrats their desire to turn his report into a “movie” that would capture the imagination of millions of Americans. We talk with Eric Felten, who has written some of the most perceptive pieces around on the Mueller report and the politics behind it.More
The Democrats headed to South Carolina recently, and there could be something strangely familiar going on, with Joe Biden in the role of 2008 Hillary Clinton and Kamala Harris in the role of 2008 Barack Obama. Plus, will all the craziness in Washington cause any South Carolina Republicans to lose faith in President Trump? A visit with Katon Dawson, former chair of the South Carolina GOP.More
2016 Trump campaign veteran Corey Lewandowski flew with the president on Air Force One to the big 2020 campaign kickoff in Florida this week. What do they talk about on the World’s Greatest Airplane?
Plus: How does Trump win over voters turned off by his style? Were the first six months of the Trump White House really that crazy? (They were.) And what was it like sitting down with Robert Mueller’s prosecutors?More
So much writing on President Trump, and especially his business career, comes from journalists who aren’t businesspeople. What do they know about being hundreds of millions of dollars in debt? Conrad Black is a former press baron who sees Trump’s business life from a businessman’s (and a historian’s) perspective, and his new biography of the president puts Trump in a new light. How much hucksterism is good? Was there strategy behind Trump’s professional wrestling antics? And what about the president’s near-death experience with debt? Black talks about it all (and yes, he discusses the pardon).More