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Congressman Mike Pompeo On Iran Sanctions And The Possibility Of Overriding A Presidential Veto

Friday, November 14, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo joined me in the first hour Friday to talk about the Benghazi hearings and whether they will expand to include the Senate, the Keystone Pipeline, and most importantly, whether the votes are in the new Congress to kill any deal the president strikes with Iran and re-impose sanctions.




HH: We move to Congressman Mike Pompeo in the House of Representatives. Congratulations, Congressman, on your reelection.

MP: Thank you very much, sir, good to be back.

HH: Now you’ve been back there this week, and you reorganized. Which committees are you back on?

MP: So I’ll be on the same committees I was on. I’ll be on the Energy and Commerce Committee, and then on the Intelligence Committee, and will remain on the Benghazi Select Committee as well.

HH: On that last committee, do you expect to broaden it to include members of the Senate and make it a joint select committee?

MP: So I’ve heard discussion of that. And it would be fine with me in one sense. Conversely, I am always very worried when you begin to move, that you slow things down. And I do not want that. And so if there’s any risk that it’s going to cause delay or further cause to have to go back and retrace our path, I don’t want to do it. Continue Reading

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Senator Ron Johnson On Iran Sanctions And Immigration Reform

Friday, November 14, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The incoming chair of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, joined me to start today’s show:





HH: I begin this day and this hour with my first appeal for you about 2016. I want you to get on board with Ron Johnson’s reelection campaign. You can go over to, because the Wisconsin Senator will be a target of Democrats in 2016. He joins me now. Senator Johnson, welcome, I hope you are happy in the majority.

RJ: Hello, Hugh, yeah, we had a pretty big smile on our face, and it’s still on there, but I think we’re approaching it with the sufficient and appropriate humility and realizing it’s a pretty serious responsibility the American public have bestowed upon us.

HH: Now you had in the last Congress chairs on the committee on the Budget, the committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Foreign Relations, Homeland Security and Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Are you staying on the same committees, Senator?

RJ: Probably. I will, in kind of an unusual set of circumstances. I’ll be chairman of Homeland Security/Government Affairs Committee, so that’ll be a very good platform to highlight the problems facing this nation. Continue Reading

Dealing With The Lame Duck POTUS

Friday, November 14, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

How should the new Republican-led Congress deal with the lame duck president?

Respectfully, but like the near non-entity he has become with regard to legislative and judicial appointees.

Peter Baker and Julie Hirschfeld Davis have a typically well-reported piece in this morning’s Times on how the president hopes to become relevant again, but this is simply desperation rising in the collective throat of the White House.  The president is already a political pariah outside his small and increasingly narrow base, and Hillary won’t be photographed with him by this time next year, maybe by March.  (To get a good assessment of where Hillary stands, read or listen to the section on Hillary from my long chat with Chuck Todd on Thursday concerning his must-read new book on the inter tick-tock of Obama, The Stranger.)

The president is, to use an analogy all too understandable these days, concussed on and on the sidelines.  It is doubtful he will re-enter the game except on special teams when he gets to veto or sign a bill. Continue Reading


“The Stranger: Barack Obama In The White House” by Chuck Todd

Thursday, November 13, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Meet The Press host Chuck Todd began work on his biography of President Obama long before he took up his Sunday duties for NBC, and be glad he did because The Stranger is a wonderfully revealing, extremely well reported look inside the first nearly six years of the Obama presidency.  There are some chapters which evidence great sympathy for the president, but most of the time Todd is just brutal on recounting all the many ways this president has failed.  Todd will be my guest in hours two and three of today’s interview, and I’ll post the audio and transcript below as soon as they are available.


11-13hhs-Todd (Part 1 of full interview) 
11-13hhs-Todd (Part 2 of full interview)

HH: I’m so pleased this hour and next. Chuck Todd, host of NBC’s Meet The Press is with me. Chuck has just put out his brand new book, The Stranger: Barack Obama In The White House. It’s linked over at It’s an incredible read. Chuck, welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show.

CT: Thank you, sir.

HH: How many times did you sit down with Joe Biden to talk about The Stranger?

CT: (laughing) I did not have any official book interview with him.

HH: (laughing)

CT: So the answer is no.

HH: I tried my little Meet The Press trick there, Chuck.

CT: Yeah, nice try. Neither the President nor the Vice President ever did a book interview with me.

HH: Now Tom Donilon is quoted on Page 418 about Benghazi. Now he must have sat down with you on the record, because there’s no other way for you to have reported that episode.

CT: Yes, there are, you know, I’m trying to be protective of my sources, but certainly, I interviewed a lot of people on the record.

HH: It’s really very well-reported. I am curious if they are mad at you at Team Obama.

CT: I don’t know. I don’t know. I know, you know, it’s funny. It’s like I don’t, in one of those things, I don’t want to know. It’s one of those weird things. As I said, I think I said this to you earlier, I neither was trying to attempt a liberal defense or a conservative attack. It’s simply reporting what I saw, reporting what I know, the story so far. I’ve described it as sort of the second draft, right? If daily reporting is the first draft of history, this is an attempt at a second draft. And there’s going to be other biographers who will particularly, you know, more people will talk more freely when they leave the administration. So it is a, it is the story so far. Continue Reading

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