Fox News panel analyzes the Dems' investigations into Trump in 2019

YORK ♪ PAUL: WELCOME TO THE SPECIAL EDITION OF "THE JOURNAL EDITORIAL REPORT

" AS WE LOOK BACK ON THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF 2019 I'M PAUL GIGOT FROM THE MUELLER REPORT TO THE IMPEACHMENT PROBE, WE BEGIN WITH THE INVESTIGATIONS INTO PRESIDENT TRUMP WHICH KICKED INTO HIGH GEAR THIS YEAR AS DEMOCRATS TOOK CONTROL OF THE HOUSE SO WHAT DID WE LEARN ABOUT THE PRESIDENT AND THOSE INVESTIGATING HIM AND WHICH SIDE EMERGED STRONGER? LET'S ASK WALL STREET JOURNAL COLUMNIST AND DEPUTY EDITOR, DAN HENNINGER AND COLUMNIST KIM STRASSEL, BILL McGERN AND MARY O'GRADY KIM, WHEN WE THINK ABOUT IMPEACHMENT, I'M BEGINNING TO THINK IN RETROSPECT THAT IT WAS PROBABLY INEVITABLE

WE WERE GOING TO GET IMPEACHMENT ONE WAY OR ANOTHER FROM THE DEMOCRATS WHO ARE REALLY INTENT ON IT AND EVEN AFTER THE MUELLER REPORT FAILED, THEY WERE GOING TO LOOK FOR SOMETHING ELSE WHAT DO YOU THINK? >> WELL, THAT WAS REALLY THE KEY WHEN THE MUELLER REPORT CAME OVER, I THINK SOME OF US OUT THERE WE WAITED MORE THAN TWO YEARS AND WE THOUGHT OKAY, NOW WE HAVE AN A ANSWER, IT'S TIME TO PUT THIS BEHIND US BUT NO, THE MINUTE IT CAME OUT, THEY DOUBLED DOWN THEY DRILLED IN ON THE OBSTRUCTION PIECE OF HIS REPORT EVEN THOUGH THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SAID THIS WAS NOT SOMETHING THAT COULD GO FORWARD

AND IT WAS PRETTY CLEAR AT THAT MOMENT THAT THIS WAS GOING TO HAPPEN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER AND IT WAS A QUESTION OF THEIR FINDING THE RIGHT ISSUE TO HANG IT ON PAUL: ANYBODY DISAGREE WITH THAT, THEY WERE GOING TO IMPEACH HIM FOR JAY WALKING IF THEY HAD TO >> THEY WERE CALLING FOR IMPEACHMENT BARELY AFTER HE WAS TAKING THE OATH OF OFFICE I THINK THIS IS RIGHT MRS

PELOSI TRIED TO RESIST IT BUT THE POINT IS, THIS IS WHAT THE BULK OF HER PARTY WANTED WHEN YOU LOOK AT THOSE POLLS — PAUL: THAT'S MY POINT >> YOU BREAK IT DOWN, IT'S SOMETHING LIKE 90% THEY WERE AGREED ON THAT MRS PELOSI WAS THE OUTLIER IN THOSE POLLS

PAUL: GO AHEAD >> THE OTHER THING ABOUT THE MUELLER REPORT THAT'S AMAZING IS HOW HE BASICALLY DECIDED TO IGNORE THE STEELE REPORT AND THE IMPORTANCE OF CHRISTOPHER STEELE'S REPORT, A FORMER BRITISH SPY WHO WAS BASICALLY HIRED TO TRY TO FIND DIRT ON DONALD TRUMP PAUL: BY THE DEMOCRATS >> YEAH AND YOU KNOW, MUELLER JUST DIDN'T GO INTO THAT AND I THINK THERE'S SOMETHING WE LEARNED MORE ABOUT NOT JUST ABOUT MUELLER BUT IF YOU LOOK AT ALL OF THIS, YOU SEE THAT THE WASHINGTON ESTABLISHMENT WAS HAPPY TO COVER UP FOR EACH OTHER, ALL IN THE INTEREST OF BASICALLY DAMAGING DONALD TRUMP

>> LET'S TALK ABOUT THE WASHINGTON ESTABLISHMENT I MEAN, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE TALK ALL THE TIME ABOUT HOW RUN TESTIFY OUR — DISRUPTIVE OUR POLITICS IS, HOW TENSE IT IS, IT'S POLARIZING DONALD TRUMP DID NOT CREATE THE RUSSIAN COLLUSION NARRATIVE, RIGHT? PAUL: RIGHT >> HE TALKS ABOUT WITCH HUNTS HE'S GOT A POINT

IF YOU EXTRACTED THIS STUFF WHAT YOU WOULD HAVE I THINK IS A MORE OR LESS NORMAL PRESIDENCY TRUMP WOULD NEVER BE A NORMAL PRESIDENT BUT WE WOULD BE ARRESTING ARGUSTING ARGUINING ARGUINGNG ARGUING ABOUT NORMAL THINGS LIKE IMMIGRATION AND OTHER TRULL P POLICIES — TRUMP POLICIES INSTEAD WE SPEND THE YEAR ON THIS ZERO SUM COLLUSION NARRATIVE WHICH IS VERY DISRUPTIVE PAUL: DO YOU PUT ANY BLAME, A LITTLE BIT, ON TRUMP FOR NOT REPUTE DATING PUTIN AS MUCH AS HE COULD

>> HE COULD HAVE MADE THAT CLEARER, FOR SURE IT WAS A TROUBLING ASPECT OF THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN THEY IMPOSED MORE SANCTIONS ON THE RUSSIAN THAN ANY PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION SO IT'S BEEN A WASH FROM THAT PERSPECTIVE >> IT WOULDN'T HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE HOW DO WE KNOW? I MEAN THAT SERIOUSLY

HOW DO WE KNOW? THEY GOT THE MUELLER REPORT YOU LOOK AT WHAT — PAUL: THEY ARE STILL ACCUSING HIM OF COLLUSION >> WHEN BOB MUELLER CAME IN, THERE WAS ENOUGH EVIDENCE THAT THIS WAS GOING NOWHERE, YET THEY CONTINUED THE INVESTIGATION THE WHOLE THING FROM THE BEGINNING IS FINDING OUT THAT THE STEELE STUFF WAS NOT CREDIBLE AND THEY WENT WITH IT ANYWAY >> LET'S NOT FOR GET THE INSPECTOR GENERAL'S REPORT WHICH CAME OUT MORE RECENTLY

THAT HAD EVIDENCE OF THE FBI HIDING EXCULPATORY EVIDENCE THAT IS REALLY A SCANDAL IT'S TERRIFYING FOR I THINK AMERICAN CITIZENS I MEAN, THOSE OF US WHO BELIEVE IN CIVIL LIBERTIES, WHICH SHOULD BE THE BULK OF WASHINGTON — PAUL: EVERYBODY >> YEAH

YOU HOW HOU HOW HOW HOW HOW COW HOW COME THERE'S SORT OF A YAWN? PART OF THAT IS BECAUSE OF THE MOST OF THE PRESS HAS BEEN SPINNING IT, WHICH IS TRUMP IN A PROBLEM PAUL: THE A ABUSES OF THE FBI WERE R WORSE THAN ANYTHING WE LEARNED ABOUT DONALD TRUMP AND RUSSIA >> ABSOLUTELY THE IG REPORT HAS BEEN ABSOLUTELY DEVASTATING TO THE FBI AND WE ALREADY HAD REPORTS COME OUT, I MEAN, PEOPLE FORGET, SHORT MEMORIES, BUT WE'VE HAD THREE REPORTS ABOUT JIM COMEY, THE FORMER FBI DIRECTOR AND HIS TENURE THE FIRST ONE, WHICH DEALT WITH THE HILLARY CLINTON PROBE, ACCUSED HIM OF BEING INSUBORDINATE TO SUPERIORS

WE HAD ONE ABOUT THE LEAK OF HIS MEMO TO THE PRESS ABOUT THE CONVERSATION WAS THE PRESIDENT WHICH POINTED OUT WAS DANGEROUS, RECKLESS BEHAVIOR AND WE HAVE AN IG REPORT ABOUT THE FBI PLAYING FAST AND LOOSE WITH THE FISA COURT THIS REALLY DOES CALL INTO MANY AMERICANS' MINDS R WHETHER OR WE AMERICANS' MINDS R WHETHER OR WH AMERICANS' MINDS R WHETHER OR WR AMERICANS' MINDS R WHETHER OR WO AMERICANS' MINDS R WHETHER OR WR AMERICANS' MINDS R WHETHER OR WN AMERICANS' MINDS R WHETHER OR WT THEY CAN TRUST THE FBI AT ALL THERE'S BEEN INSTITUTIONAL DAMAGE, ALL BECAUSE THEY WERE GOING AFTER TRUMP BUT IT'S THE FBI WHO COMES OUT LOOKING VERY POOR HERE PAUL: AND THE TWO YEARS SPENT PURSUING THE COLLUSION NARRATIVE AND ASSERTING IT NOTWITHSTANDING A LACK OF EVIDENCE I THINK REALLY HAS HURT THE ATTEMPT TO NOW IMPEACH ON UKRAINE BECAUSE A LOT OF THE PUBLIC SAYS WAIT A MINUTE, WE HEARD ALL THIS BEFORE AND WE CAN'T TRUST THESE PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY'RE PUSHING — THEY PUSHED FALSEHOODS ON US BEFORE

>> I THINK DEMOCRATS HAVE DONE SOME DAMAGE TO THEMSELVES THEY COULD BE RUNNING AGAINST IN THE ELECTION YEAR TRUMP'S PERSONALITY AND HIS POLICIES THAT WOULD BE LEGITIMATE THEY ELEVATED IT TO THIS SO-CALLED CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS WHICH I THINK IS REALLY A BRIDGE

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