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Byron York, Chief Political Correspondent for the Washington Examiner interviews newsmakers on the issues of the day.

McConnell, Biden, and Trump
Last Friday at 5:41 PM

The Senate GOP leader came to a Fox News interview prepared to talk about the current president equally prepared to not talk about the former president. But Mitch McConnell ended up making news about Donald Trump anyway. What is the thinking behind McConnell’s statement — less than two weeks after his scathing criticism of Trump […]


What Were the Capitol Rioters Thinking?
Last Tuesday at 9:44 PM

It’s one of the most basic questions of the Capitol riot investigation: What was the rioters’ plan? What did they think was going to happen when they stormed the Capitol on January 6, as Congress certified the results of the Electoral College? There are lots of different answers — remember, thousands of people were there […]


Now, For the Heart of the Impeachment Trial
02/10/2021

As expected, Democrats won the vote on constitutionality that began the second impeachment trial of former President Trump. Six Republicans went along with unanimous Democrats in voting that the trial is in fact constitutional. So now it is on to the substance of the case. House Democratic impeachment managers will attempt to prove that then-President […]


Five Reasons Why the Trump Trial is Unconstitutional (And One Opposing View)
02/08/2021

The impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump is beginning with a deep divide among senators. Nearly all Republicans believe it is unconstitutional to try an ex-president. All Democrats disagree. Democrats point to a majority of law professors who agree with them — no surprise there — while some conservative scholars and jurists support the […]


When The White House Can’t Handle The Truth
02/05/2021

New White House press secretary Jen Psaki promised to bring “truth and transparency back to the briefing room.” President Biden promised to be guided by science in his decisions regarding the COVID pandemic. Now both of those vows are being put to the test on the question of reopening schools. This week, Biden’s new CDC […]


Why is the National Guard still in Washington?
02/02/2021

There were roughly 25,000 National Guard members in Washington for the inauguration of President Joe Biden. The deployment was in large part an overreaction to the Capitol riot of January 6. But now, 5,000 are still here. The inauguration was two weeks ago, it went off without incident, and there is no need for troops […]


The Revolution Devours All Before It
01/27/2021

Just look at what happened Tuesday night in, of all places, a Zoom meeting of the San Francisco School Board. In that meeting, members voted to strip the names of American historical figures — George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and even California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein — from schools in San Francisco. A removal […]


Can Trump Be Tried?
01/25/2021

House Democrats will deliver to the Senate a single, hastily-passed article of impeachment against former President Trump. A trial is set to begin two weeks later, on February 9. It will be an event without precedent — the first time in U.S. history that a former president will be tried in a court of impeachment. […]


Biden’s True Top Priority
01/21/2021

The new Biden administration says it must act quickly, with a flurry of executive orders, because the nation is experiencing not one, not two, not three, but four crises. “We face four overlapping and compounding crises,” said new chief of staff Ron Klain. “The COVID-19 crisis, the resulting economic crisis, the climate crisis, and a […]


Trump Derangement Syndrome In A Post-Trump World
01/19/2021

President Trump will become former President Trump tomorrow. When Joe Biden takes office, Democrats will control the White House, the House, and the Senate. An ambitious agenda lies ahead for the new Democratic administration. And yet there are signs that some Democrats’ obsession with Donald Trump — the condition known as Trump Derangement Syndrome — […]


Assessing Trump’s Disastrous End
01/14/2021

Donald Trump is now the only president ever impeached twice. Yes, that says a lot about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s, and the Democratic Party’s, obsessive quest to remove him from office. But the impeachment is also the result of a disastrous turn in Trump’s presidency since the November 3 election. The turn was so consequential […]


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The Crazy Impeachment
01/12/2021

Democrats started trying to remove President Trump from office before he entered office. Now they are proposing to remove him from office after he leaves office. How do you remove an ex-president? He’s already gone. That is the bizarre question posed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s obsessive quest to re-impeach Donald Trump with just a […]


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For The GOP, Nine Perilous Days
01/11/2021

There are some Republicans in Washington who wish inauguration day were today, or tomorrow — or yesterday. They supported President Trump and appreciated his significant accomplishments, but now they are more than ready to move on from what has become a disastrous end to the Trump presidency. The fact is, though, the president’s term lasts […]


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The Brad Raffensperger Problem
01/05/2021

It’s possible to have two entirely different but entirely compatible reactions to accounts of President Trump’s Saturday phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. First, the president clearly tried to press Raffensperger to “find” enough votes to flip Georgia from Biden to Trump. Even though Trump obviously believes the phantom votes are rightfully […]


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Now They Tell Us! Trump Was Tough On Russia!
01/04/2021

Democrats and their allies in the press spent the last four years accusing President Trump of being soft on Russia. And worse: Some called the president a Russian asset, a traitor, Putin’s patsy, and much, much more. It was all BS, because behind the rhetoric was the stark reality that Trump, and his administration, have […]


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The Democrats Eric Swalwell Problem
12/22/2020

House Democratic leaders are trying to keep the espionage scandal surrounding Intelligence Committee member Rep. Eric Swalwell under tight control. But it’s going to be an uphill battle. Republicans are pushing harder and harder to learn more about Swalwell’s relationship with Chinese spy Christine Fang. And after an FBI briefing for GOP leader Rep. Kevin […]


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Dangerous Talk About The Election And The Military
12/21/2020

There’s been a lot of commentary in recent days about President Trump, the election, and martial law. It is unclear what the president himself thinks about it — he tweeted that reports were “fake news” and “knowingly bad reporting” — but it is clear that his former national security adviser, retired General Michael Flynn, is […]


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When Democrats Tried To Block The Electoral College
12/16/2020

The Electoral College has voted to elect Joe Biden president. That is done. But there is one more step in the process. On January 6, Congress will officially ratify the Electoral College vote and declare Biden the president-elect. Now, though, there is talk that some House Republicans will try to disrupt the ceremony. The plan, […]


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Talking About Trump And The Election
12/14/2020

With the meeting of the Electoral College and the Supreme Court’s denial of the Texas case, President Trump is running out of options to challenge the election results. Yes, some supporters believe he still has paths to victory. But to win he needs to change the results in not one, not two, but three states, […]


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How Nancy Pelosi’s TDS Hurt America
12/08/2020

After months of stonewalling Trump efforts to pass targeted, short-term relief for millions of Americans suffering in the pandemic, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has changed her mind. What she blocked before is now OK. Why? Because, Pelosi explained, there’s a new president and a vaccine on the way. Huh? Didn’t the absence of a vaccine […]


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What Trump Really Said In Georgia
12/07/2020

Some in the media knew the story of the trip before Trump even flew to Valdosta, Georgia on Saturday. The president would rant about election results and in the process undermine purpose of trip — to campaign for Republican Senators Kelly and David Perdue. News accounts, even the ones published after Trump’s speech, reflected those […]


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Are Trump Allies Trying To Sabotage GOP In Georgia?
12/03/2020

Wednesday witnessed one of the most extraordinary events in recent political history. With two critical Senate races underway in Georgia — with Republican control of the Senate at stake — two prominent allies of a Republican president traveled to the state to urge voters not to vote for Republican candidates.


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Three Words: Special Counsel Durham
12/02/2020

Attorney General William Barr has appointed John Durham as special counsel investigating the Trump-Russia investigation. Durham’s new status will make it harder for Biden to fire him. It also clears the way for a public report. And that means we will learn more about the FBI’s effort to target the 2016 Trump campaign. People who […]


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What Standard of Proof for Hunter Biden’s Laptop?
10/20/2020

Remember the dossier? Many journalists (not to mention the FBI) worked hard to confirm its allegations against Donald Trump. They failed miserably. But even then, some Democrats, and their allies in the press, refused to admit the dossier was BS. Instead, they argued that since it had not been proven untrue, it must be true. […]


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Impeachment? Again???!!! A talk with Devin Nunes
09/24/2020

Republican Rep. Devin Nunes has been in the middle of Trump wars on Capitol Hill. In this podcast, we discuss some scenes from my new book, Obsession: Inside the Washington Establishment’s Never-Ending War on Trump, in which he played a prominent role. Like, what happened when Republicans took over the secret room where Democrats were […]


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What’s really happening at the Post Office — No, it’s not a scandal
08/17/2020

It’s like Russiagate all over again, this time with the Post Office. The news is filled with reports of President Trump’s “assault” on the U.S. Postal Service. The president, Democrats say, is deliberately slowing mail delivery and crippling the Postal Service so that it cannot handle an anticipated flood of voting by mail in the […]


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Who Won’t Accept Election Results?
08/05/2020

You’ve been hearing it for a long time: President Trump will refuse to accept the election results if he loses in November. But now, a secretive group of former government officials has worked through a number of scenarios for the election, and guess what they found? War-gaming a scenario in which Trump lost the popular […]


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A Big Book Announcement, Plus Conflicting Stories Out Of Portland
07/29/2020

This is the first “Byron York Show” podcast since February. Even though it’s the no chit-chat podcast, I need to explain what’s been going on. The short version: I have written a book. It’s about the long effort to remove President Trump from office, and it will be published on September 8. The title is […]


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Trump Not Tired Of Winning: Impeachment Edition
#37
02/06/2020

So now the Senate has acquitted President Trump on both articles of impeachment. It is the end of a Senate trial marked by wild predictions and intense speculation. So with it all over, it’s time to look at the things that were said about the trial — Republicans will defect! John Roberts will take charge! […]


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Live From Iowa: Talking Joe Biden with Mollie Hemingway
#36
02/03/2020

A special edition from Iowa, where Democrats are struggling with a number of unpalatable options in their presidential caucuses. The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway got her first chance to observe the 2020 version of Joe Biden in action, and her reaction is…not entirely optimistic for the former vice president’s chances. Meanwhile, President Trump is making an […]


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Behind The Scenes Of The New Clarence Thomas Movie
#35
01/27/2020

On Friday a new movie, “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas In His Own Words,” will open in theaters across the country. The most striking thing about it is obvious from the beginning: The famously publicity-shy Supreme Court justice is talking. A lot. Thomas spoke to filmmaker Michael Pack for 30 hours — yes, 30 hours — […]


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The White House Strikes Back
#34
01/21/2020

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, […]


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Deep Impeachment With Jim Jordan
#33
01/17/2020

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 […]


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Devin Nunes Talks
#32
12/17/2019

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 […]


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Democrats Scramble To Sell Impeachment
#31
12/06/2019

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, […]


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Has Impeachment Peaked?
#30
11/25/2019

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 […]


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Special Impeachment Preview, Starring Lt. Col. Vindman
#29
11/12/2019

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 […]


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Talking Impeachment With Ken Starr
#28
10/28/2019

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. Amid much Republican complaining, do Democrats have the authority to conduct impeachment as they are conducting it? […]


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Impeachment: What Mulvaney Really Said, How Schiff Really Operates
#27
10/21/2019

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 […]


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Mollie Hemingway On The War Over Kavanaugh
#26
09/18/2019

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, […]


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