Speaking of proof

Featured image What is proof? In common parlance, “proof” is evidence. Evidence may be direct or circumstantial. The shiftless Adam Schiff to the contrary notwithstanding, there is no in between. Evidence consists of testimony or exhibits that tend to make the existence or nonexistence of a relevant fact more likely than not. I took up the law of evidence (focusing on hearsay) here in connection with the House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing »

Where’s the Proof?

Featured image Speaker Kevin McCarthy has announced the commencement of an impeachment inquiry. In response, the Biden administration wrote its press lackeys, instructing them in how they should cover the proceedings: “Covering impeachment as a process story – Republicans say X, but the White House says Y – is a disservice to the American public who relies on the independent press to hold those in power accountable,” Sams wrote in the letter, »

A Twitter Files footnote (5)

Featured image RealClearPolitics reporter Paul Sperry was suspended from Twitter a few months Adam Schiff sought his banning as a result of his entirely accurate reporting for RCP. We learned of Schiff’s behind-the-scenes efforts in part 12 of the Twitter Files per Matt Taibbi. Now Sperry explains and responds in the fantastic New York Post column “How Democrat Adam Schiff abused his power to demand I be kicked off Twitter simply due »

Impeach Biden?

Featured image Everyone thinks Republicans will win control of the House in November, despite possible shifts in the Democrats’ favor in recent weeks. If the GOP does take control, an obvious question is: will Joe Biden be impeached? Should he be? On those questions, Rasmussen reports poll numbers that seem remarkable, based on a survey of 1,000 likely voters: The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 52% of »

Should We Impeach Biden?

Featured image Everyone expects Republicans to recapture the House of Representatives in November, and I have no reason to disagree. This raises the question: assuming Republicans do control the House, should they impeach Joe Biden? That Biden has committed impeachable offenses seems beyond dispute. He has deliberately opened the Southern border, in defiance of our immigration laws, and has compounded the offense by distributing illegal aliens around the country. Most recently, Biden »

Impeach Brandon?

Featured image The Founders envisaged impeachment as an extraordinary remedy, and for almost all of our history it has remained such. But of the last nine presidents preceding Joe Biden, three have been impeached or imminently threatened with impeachment. The Democrats impeached Donald Trump twice, for no particular reason other than the fact that they controlled the House of Representatives. So it is not out of bounds to ask whether Republicans should »

The Apocalypse Is Here

Featured image I am a day or two late with this, but it is still worth noting: the Transportation Security Administration accepts arrest warrants as identification for illegal aliens who board airplanes in the U.S.: The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) disclosed to a congressional office that illegal migrants flying without proper identification can use an arrest warrant as an alternate form of identification when presenting to airport security, according to a letter »

The Decline of Crony Socialism and the Future of Impeachment

Featured image Guest hosting for Dan Proft last night on the Salem network, one of my guests was former Congressman Thaddeus McCotter, who talked about the decline of crony socialism. An optimistic take? Yes, and that is what we need these days: I did several monologues, of which this was the longest. It is about the future of impeachment, now that the Democrats have dramatically lowered the bar. It may not be »

This impeachment was not a witch hunt

Featured image After his acquittal by the Senate, Donald Trump called the proceeding “yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our Country.” Trump is wrong. The second impeachment was no witch hunt. In January 2020, at the time of the first impeachment trial, Trump was riding high. The Democrats wanted to knock him back a peg. In January 2021, the Democrats would have been content to see »

Should Republicans Impeach Biden and Harris?

Featured image Now that impeachment is just one more card in the political deck, to be played by whichever party controls the House of Representatives, the question naturally arises: what should Republicans do when they retake control of the House, very likely in 2022? Lindsay Graham warns that if the Democrats could impeach Donald Trump with the false assertion that he incited violence, a far stronger claim along the same lines can »

Richard Burr puts “Senate precedent” above the Constitution

Featured image Today, Sen. Richard Burr joined six other Republicans in voting to convict President Trump of an impeachable offense. I understand the vote of the other six and consider it defensible, though not how I would have voted. Unlike the other six, however, Burr previously voted that the trial should not proceed because it is unconstitutional to impeach a president who is no longer in office. But now, Burr has voted »

For Mike Pence, “a strange new respect”

Featured image During his presentation to the Senate, House impeachment manager Rep. Joaquin Castro showed footage of Mike Pence moving away from the angry mob that attacked the Capitol. Castro unctuously declared, “Mike Pence is not a traitor to this country — he is a patriot.” Before last month, did any Democrat ever suggest that Mike Pence is a patriot? I daresay none did, until he became a prop in the impeachment »

Trump defense team bounces back [UPDATED]

Featured image The defense of Donald Trump at his impeachment trial got off to a rocky start earlier this week. There’s no denying that. Today, however, the defense team came back strong in its closing argument. Trump’s lawyers used only about two and half hours of their allotted 16 to respond to the House managers’ case. That was enough to demolish it and to show the dishonesty of the managers’ presentation. Below »

The Times Loses It

Featured image I rarely look at the New York Times, since it abandoned any pretense of being a real newspaper years ago. Still, I was shocked when I saw the Times’s online front page a little while ago. Here is a screen shot of the top of the page: Trump’s defense is “incendiary”? I guess that means his lawyers aren’t going along with the absurd charge against him. And by “reframing Trump’s »

Impeachment managers appeal to Senators’ emotions, not their reason

Featured image In making their case to the Senate, the House impeachment managers are focusing on the Capitol riot itself rather than on Donald Trump’s responsibility, if any, for it. Yesterday, Senators watched video of a mob going after Mike Pence, Nancy Pelosi, and others, injuring police officers in the process. The video seems to have made an impression on Republican Senators, most of whom, I’m sure, were already disgusted by what »

Why Can’t Trump Get a Good Lawyer?

Featured image That is actually a serious question, and Mark Steyn posed it to me on Fox Prime Time last night, along with some more general conversation about impeachment follies. Here is the segment, which I think you will find interesting: »

The Belknap precedent

Featured image One of the good things about the impeachment of Donald Trump — maybe the only good thing — is that it has brought William Belknap into the spotlight. And that’s a good thing only for history buffs. Belknap is the only member of the executive branch until now to be impeached after leaving office. His impeachment trial is said to be precedent for holding one for Trump. Belknap was a »