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Hugh Hewitt: As the Public Impeachment Proceedings Begin


As the House gets started with public hearings on impeachment, we should start thinking of how this partisan impeachment will play out if it reaches the Senate.

I’ve been leaning on the insight of Kelly Johnston—a former secretary of the Senate.

He says a critical moment will arise as soon as any “Articles” arrive in the Senate, but before any substantive proceedings occur.  Under rules, the Senate must approve a “Motion to Proceed” to consider the articles.

At the first sign of objection from a Senator, McConnell should move to shut the whole thing down, saying, effectively:

“This far and no farther. We will not put our nation at risk of a future littered with these sort of vendettas dressed in the garb of impeachment. We won’t ever approve a purely partisan Article of Impeachment for trial.”

And the thus the Senate would flush these articles of impeachment from the record as it stands today.

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Owen Strachan: Lessons From Beto O’Rourke’s Failed Candidacy

Recently failed presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke crudely told Americans he wanted to seize their guns. “Yes, we’re going to take your AR-15” he said.

Many decried this brazen call for a violation of the 2nd amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The right to bear arms is a crucial part of American liberty. It’s also a key part of protecting oneself in a dangerous world.

This past week, a Florida woman—eight months pregnant—and her family were brutally attacked by robbers. The robbers pistol-whipped her husband and manhandled her daughter. But the woman acted quickly. She ran into her bedroom, grabbed an AR-15, and fired. The robbers raced out of the house, one of them falling dead in a nearby ditch.

This story reminds us of fundamental truths:

Don’t rob people.

Don’t violate the constitutional rights of citizens.

And definitely don’t mess with a pregnant American woman—or her AR-15.

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Jerry Bowyer: On Hong Kong: An Opportunity to Show the World We’re on the Side of Freedom

In Hong Kong, protestors are risking their lives to maintain their independence from China. While they put life and limb on the line, they’re waving American flags and singing our national anthem. Right now, the United States is engaged in a trade war with that very same government that the people of Hong Kong are fighting against.

That’s why the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act should be passed and signed immediately. The bill, which has bipartisan support in the Senate and House, reaffirms our commitment to Hong Kong’s special status and sanctions those who oppress the city.

Both Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell have signaled their support for the law, which is a rarity in modern politics. The people of Hong Kong deserve independence. Passing this bill won’t solve their struggle for liberty, but President Trump’s signature will show that the world’s sole superpower is on Hong Kong’s side, and on the side of freedom.

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Who Should Win the Nobel Peace Prize? Dennis Prager with Pete Hegseth

When it comes to preserving freedom and making the world a more peaceful, secure place, this group deserves the bulk of the credit. Who is this group, and how can we ever thank them? Dennis Prager invites Fox and Friends host and US Army Major, Pete Hegseth, to share the answer from his new video from Prager University. See it here and then pass it on to family and friends.

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Hugh Hewitt: Don’t Legitimize This Impeachment

There are three paths before Senate Majority Leader McConnell when it comes to any articles of impeachment the House eventually sends the Senate’s way.

One is short: a quick dismissal by the Senate.

One is long: an extensive trial that would let the president and his defenders expose wrongdoing by Democrats and their ”permanent bureaucracy” allies.

The third—the only approach that is obviously wrong but that may also be the most likely outcome—would be a far more limited trial that would serve only to reward Democrats for their bad behavior before reaching the foreordained conclusion that President Trump will not be removed from office.

There’s a lot of appeal to the first in my list: a long, deep dive.

There’s also a strong argument to be made for peremptory dismissal—think of it as a motion for summary judgment.

Whatever course Leader McConnell takes, he should take care to not legitimize this sham impeachment.

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