Given that few Americans, even stalwart conservative CHQ readers, entered Saturday's TV “Death Valley” to watch the Trump defense team’s opening presentation, we think pulling out the nine key points made by White House deputy counsel Michael Purpura will help readers understand exactly where President Trump’s defense team is headed.

Democrat federal district judges keep overreaching to impose their own “progressive” policy preferences on the President. At some point there must be consequences for this behavior, but don’t look for impeachment to be an option. House Democrats are too busy making up a case against President Trump to look at real impeachable offenses by liberal district court judges.

With the impeachment trial droning on in Washington and the Iowa caucuses only a couple weeks away, Democrats will be hard pressed to maintain some semblance of togetherness heading into a very stressful few months. Will Bernie Sanders’ attacks on Joe Biden have an effect? We’ll soon find out.

With the establishment media in a disgusting bromance with Democrat impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff, we thought we’d wrap-up the first few days of the impeachment farce – we mean Senate trial – by collecting as many of Schiff’s lies as we could find into one well-sourced document.

Sara Carter’s reporting and Senator Grassley’s oversight investigation of ONA spending on questionable “research” contracts are slowly putting Stefan Halper and his paymaster, ONA Director James Baker, in a corner. Sooner or later one of them is going to have to come clean about their role in the Obama administration’s spying on the Trump campaign.

Common sense is in scarce supply in our times when Democrats and #NeverTrumpers cite Trump’s behavior as causing the sorry state of American politics today. Blaming Trump for his own impeachment is akin to condemning an innocent man because you don’t like his haircut. It’s a lesson Trump’s critics should’ve learned by now.

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Given that few Americans, even stalwart conservative CHQ readers, entered Saturday's TV “Death Valley” to watch the Trump defense team’s opening presentation, we think pulling out the nine key points made by White House deputy counsel Michael Purpura will help readers understand exactly where President Trump’s defense team is headed.

Democrat federal district judges keep overreaching to impose their own “progressive” policy preferences on the President. At some point there must be consequences for this behavior, but don’t look for impeachment to be an option. House Democrats are too busy making up a case against President Trump to look at real impeachable offenses by liberal district court judges.

With the impeachment trial droning on in Washington and the Iowa caucuses only a couple weeks away, Democrats will be hard pressed to maintain some semblance of togetherness heading into a very stressful few months. Will Bernie Sanders’ attacks on Joe Biden have an effect? We’ll soon find out.

With the establishment media in a disgusting bromance with Democrat impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff, we thought we’d wrap-up the first few days of the impeachment farce – we mean Senate trial – by collecting as many of Schiff’s lies as we could find into one well-sourced document.

Sara Carter’s reporting and Senator Grassley’s oversight investigation of ONA spending on questionable “research” contracts are slowly putting Stefan Halper and his paymaster, ONA Director James Baker, in a corner. Sooner or later one of them is going to have to come clean about their role in the Obama administration’s spying on the Trump campaign.

Common sense is in scarce supply in our times when Democrats and #NeverTrumpers cite Trump’s behavior as causing the sorry state of American politics today. Blaming Trump for his own impeachment is akin to condemning an innocent man because you don’t like his haircut. It’s a lesson Trump’s critics should’ve learned by now.

Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband, who heads the Trump Justice Department Civil Rights Division, filed a brief asserting that, "Ohio’s Antidiscrimination Law affirms that people with Down syndrome have lives worth living and protecting." The brief, for the first time we are aware of, argues that the unborn have federal civil rights that must be protected.

In March the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in June Medical Services LLC vs. Gee. This case asks the Court to uphold Louisiana’s “Unsafe Abortion Protection Act.” In stark contrast to the Obama administration, President Trump's lawyers have submitted a brief and will argue in support of this pro-life law.

These are strange times when the government fears the rights-respecting public and declares a “State of Emergency” when groups of law-abiding citizens exercise their freedoms. Virginia serves as a shining example for the rest of the country on how bad things will happen when Democrats assume the reins of power.

So far it looks like united Senate Republicans, with McConnell’s firm leadership, are prepared to face down the Democrats’ demands to pursue the President beyond the facts already in the record and put fairness, even-handedness and historical precedent ahead of the outrageous partisanship that is driving House Democrats to tear the country apart in their effort to overturn the 2016 election.

Another Bernie Sanders Field Organizer, Martin Weissgerber, was caught on camera by Project Veritas celebrating Stalin's Gulags and advocating violence against Sanders’ political opponents. “I’ll straight up get armed,” Martin Weissgerber said on the video. “I want to learn how to shoot, and go train. I’m ready for the f**king revolution, bro. I’m telling you. Guillotine the rich.”

With impeachment in the rearview mirror, Trump can then go back to tweeting about falling unemployment and foreign policy and energy production and advancing the country’s economic standing. And trade deals. Or continuing to crackdown on illegal immigration. It’s the stuff of victory, isn’t it? We’ll see on Inauguration Day next year.

Front Page Headlines

  • Byron York, Washington Examiner

    The mixture of substance and process was a sign White House lawyers knew that, even among Republicans, they were addressing a varied audience. Some GOP senators wished the White House had made a more substantive defense over the last few months. Some were angry at the House Democrats' procedural shortcuts. Some were worried about the tone of the impeachment battle. On Saturday, the Trump defense team seemed to find the right balance. "The tone was right, the demeanor was right, the delivery was right," said one Republican senator. "They deconstructed the Democrats' arguments in a respectful way, very appropriate for the Senate chamber. It wasn't like Jerry Nadler standing there calling all of us liars."

  • J. Christian Adams, PJ Media

    The March for Life was a watershed moment not only for Trump but any Republican foes remaining. The never Trumpers first told us in 2016 that Trump was a Manhattan liberal.  Then they told us he really wouldn’t pick good judges.  Then they told us he really wouldn’t deregulate the economy.  They told us he really wouldn’t be on the right side of race, voting and culture.  They told us he would start World War Three.  They told us Trump really wouldn’t enact pro-life policies. Then Trump gave the pro-life movement the heft of the Presidency on a cold January afternoon. Never Trumpers have been crying wolf since the 2016 GOP primaries.  It’s time nobody takes them seriously.

  • David Catron, The American Spectator

    The Fourth Estate’s fawning over Schiff’s performance during the Senate impeachment trial won’t enhance his skills as an orator and advocate, which simply don’t equal his zeal for getting President Trump. He is a masterful liar who long ago learned to control his body language and voice production such that his most outrageous lies seem plausible. Yet, as E. Donald Elliott wrote in this space Thursday, “Schiff provided absolutely no factual support for the crucial premise on which his entire case depends.” In the end, the evidence is against him and his mendacity will destroy his credibility. He’s the same Schiff on a different dais, and every senator knows it.

  • Roger Kimball, American Greatness

    Schweizer’s subject is not perfidy, corruption, and self-dealing by Democrats, but perfidy, corruption, and self-dealing by politicians regardless of party. Republicans figure prominently in several of his books. If Democrats figure so heavily in others—exclusively in Profile in Corruption—it is because these days Democrats tend to be more accomplished at corruption, as they are at political hardball in general, than Republicans. We all owe Peter Schweizer an enormous debt of gratitude for his enormous and effective labors in bringing sunlight to these tenebrous and mephitic climes. The truth is leaking out bit by Biden bit. It is one reason that we now have President Donald Trump.

  • Michael Goodwin, New York Post

    In the midterm elections just a month later, Dems picked up seven governors’ seats previously held by Republicans without losing a single one they had held. Most important, of course, they flipped the House to take control, with many of their new seats in districts Trump won in the 2016 election. In short, Dems were rewarded for their resistance against Trump and their smears of Kavanaugh. That is the lesson they learned, and it’s why they are again carrying out another scorched-earth attack on Trump and the GOP. So while impeachment deserves to die in the Senate and almost certainly will, it is not in the Dems’ political interest to let it die ­quietly. Buckle up for stormy days.

  • Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

    We must use the processes the Founders laid down to achieve our goals. Our Constitution is a tough old guy, and it can take this punch from those Dem weenies and stand right back up. Virginia, you made America proud on January 20th. You defied your dishonest and obnoxious governor, who was crossing his fingers hoping for trouble. You defied the media liars who called you horrible names. You defied the few fools and cretins who showed up at the rally looking for trouble. You came out in the cold, normal Americans, proud and patriotic, and demanded your liberties peacefully, powerfully and gloriously. Now you have to finish the fight. Organize. Vote. And never give in. You will win.

  • George Neumayr, The American Spectator

    This is a partisan railroading of epic proportions. Future historians will surely marvel at the audacity of it all. The Democrats, after all, seek to remove Trump on a storyline that corresponds not to his record but to theirs. It was the Democrats who used foreigners to spy on Trump. They didn’t merely consider it. They actually did it, throwing the lives of Trump staffers into havoc on a false hunch. Trump, by contrast, wanted Ukraine to pursue real corruption. There is no question that Hunter Biden enriched himself off a corrupt company. Leave it to the Democrats, the party of projection, to crucify Trump for a “high crime” they alone committed, under a Constitution they long ago disregarded.

  • Byron York, Washington Examiner

    There appear to be two lines of thinking among Republicans about which witness, if there were, say, only one, would be best for the Trump defense. Some GOP senators are leaning toward Hunter Biden, while some in the House who have been deeply involved in the impeachment favor calling the whistleblower or the House managers' leader, Rep. Adam Schiff. House Republicans are House Republicans. They don't have a say in the Senate trial. And if most Senate Republicans get their way, there won't be any witnesses at all. But, at this point, there is no way to predict what will happen. Republican thinking on witnesses is changing and changing rapidly. It could well change again before the time comes to decide the witness question.

  • Cal Thomas, Washington Times

    The way to change a culture is not from the top down but from the bottom up, not through Washington but through the human heart and individual choices. It is not too late to make choices for ourselves and for our families, especially where we send our young children to school. Children, like soldiers, must be trained and indoctrinated with the knowledge and principles of the nation (or kingdom) they are expected to serve. The verses in Scripture that include teach and learn instruct godly parents in what God expects when it comes to children on loan to us for a brief time. Legions of young men and women taught such things will build up a culture and ultimately a nation. It is the only way to win a culture war.

  • Roger L. Simon, The Epoch Times

    What will Trump 2 look like? How many more impeachments and trials can we look forward to—a rather frightening concept considering the mind-numbing, torture by television we are undergoing at present? What would ameliorate it to a significant degree would be a solid Trump victory—even greater in the Electoral College and something closer to a wash in the popular vote. It would also help immeasurably if the Republicans retake the House. That would put the kibosh on impeachment better than anything. Anything can happen. But if impeachment dominates American life for the next four years like it’s dominating it now, we might as well all move to… Oh, wait. There’s nowhere to go.

  • Michael Goodwin, New York Post

    Schumer’s bare-knuckle approach immediately dashed the faintest hope that the proceedings would reflect the gravity of the moment and explain the unprecedented effort to remove a president in an election year. Instead, Schumer picked up exactly where the House left off, injecting venom into every sentence and inflating his accusations far beyond what is contained in the actual articles of impeachment. Blackmail? A crime against democracy? His words constitute false advertising because the House charged the president only with “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress.” In truth, the only crime against democracy is the Dems’ endless effort to overturn the 2016 election.

  • Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

    As with Israel, the U.S. is less eager to apply political litmus tests to its occasional allies. It also seeks to avoid quagmires where its overwhelming conventional firepower can be neutralized by terrorists and urban guerrillas. The promoters of these unconventional policies, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. president Donald Trump, are both despised by their respective establishments and under constant threat of removal by their livid political opponents. Yet they both have transformed their respective countries. Their policies remind us that it is sometimes preferable to be respected rather than just be liked — and that when a nation is strong and does not beg for help, it often finds more than it needs.

  • Byron York, Washington Examiner

    Schiff, Pelosi, and their colleagues were not telling the whole "documents" story. They got the 90,000 figure, apparently, from Clinton's rebuttal to the Starr report, the report independent counsel Kenneth Starr turned over to Congress. In that rebuttal, given to Congress on September 11, Clinton's lawyers wrote: "During the past four and a half years, the President has...produced more than 90,000 pages of documents and other items" to investigators. But not to Congress. The Clinton situation was entirely different from the one Schiff and his fellow Democrats face today. Starr was an independent counsel, with full law enforcement powers, and his office issued many grand jury subpoenas.

  • L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

    Why would Trump have to ask a foreign official for an investigation into Biden sleaze? Because when politicians have a D next to their name, the idea of the press holding people accountable goes out the window. It is unfathomable that the American news media would choose not to investigate the activities of the vice president of the United States. Democrats and their media friends also play dumb when Republicans insist Hunter Biden should be part of the Senate impeachment trial. On the Sunday network news shows, moderators asked Democrats for their feelings about Biden being a witness in the trial. Their answers needed a laugh track. Democracy dies when the Bidens are asked questions?

  • Tammy Bruce, Washington Times

    The same people who convinced women to go to Washington to march because Mr. Trump was going to build sex-slave concentration camps for them also told us that if Mr. Trump were elected, then the stock market was going to crash and that he was going to start World War III. Instead, we are enjoying a historic economic renaissance and the president’s foreign policy has destroyed the Islamic State, killed terrorist leaders, while using global diplomacy and economic “maximum pressure” to control rogue and terrorist regimes. On its face, it’s clear the Democratic Party and their leftist enablers don’t think much of women. Their rhetoric and manipulation presume women are shallow, uninformed and vapid creatures.