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.

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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.

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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.

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Democrats are making up impeachment as they go along. They’re sensitive to accusations that they’re rushing — but they’re rushing. Adam Schiff says Democrats have to act quickly because President Trump presents an imminent danger to the country and must be removed ASAP. For her part, Nancy Pelosi says it’s not a rush at all, because the impeachment investigation is really a continuation of the years-long Russia probe. “This isn’t about Ukraine,” she said
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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?

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With public impeachment hearings starting on Capitol Hill, it’s time to look at what the witnesses actually said in those secret Democratic depositions. The star of the show, whenever he is scheduled to testify, will be Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman. The National Security Council staffer showed up in full dress uniform — the first witness who actually heard the Trump-Zelensky call — and was celebrated in the press
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Back in 1998, the former independent counsel Ken Starr saw House Republicans use his report to impeach Bill Clinton. Now, he’s watching the House race to impeachment again, this time under Democrats and in a very different way
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You know the story about a lie getting halfway around the world before the truth can get its boots on? Today, a look at two key parts of the impeachment battle that have been the subject of a lot of inaccurate commentary but which we’re finally learning more about. First is the now-infamous Mick Mulvaney news conference; just what concerns did President Trump have before withholding, and later approving, U.S
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Nobody knows more about the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation fight than Mollie Hemingway, co-author of “Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court.” Now, a new book by two New York Times reporters tries to throw more dirt at Kavanaugh — and Hemingway has taken the lead in debunking its new, flimsy charges
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A solo edition taking a look at a story that has roiled the anti-Trump media: Is the president really using military money to prop up his money-losing golf resort in Scotland? Reading Politico, watching MSNBC, you might think one thing
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No reporter knows more about the Trump-Russia affair, top to bottom, than Fox News Chief Intelligence Correspondent Catherine Herridge. We go deep into the Little Horowitz Report, on James Comey, and what’s expected in the Big Horowitz Report, on FISA and the beginnings of the Trump-Russia probe
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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.

Note: there were some audio issues with the recording of this show. We apologize in advance.

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It’s a go-to website for political junkies and non-junkies alike. The most famous feature of RealClearPolitics is its average of polls, and in this discussion with RCP founder Tom Bevan, we go through how it all started. Plus, a look at what’s happening in the 2020 race through the lens of what went right and wrong in 2016
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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.

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In this episode, former Republican Sen
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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.

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In the course of a few hours, the Speaker of the House was put into timeout, her words removed from the record, and Democrats and Republicans drove themselves into fits — all over a tweet from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. We talk with Rep. Chip Roy, who was in the middle of the whole mess. Plus: Impeachment rears its head again. And: The border
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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.

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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?

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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).

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