Once again, Chairman Schiff’s impeachment hearings failed to establish any new information on President Trump’s supposedly impeachable activities. The public already has access to the transcript of the call that Democrats asked today’s witnesses to dissect. The President released the transcript. There was no demand for an investigation, no political link mentioned at all, and Ukraine received the aid. It shows no crime and nothing impeachable.
Relentless in their pursuit of impeachment, Democrats still cannot present any direct evidence related to the quid pro quo they accuse President Trump of orchestrating with the Ukrainian president. Their hoaxes change by the day.
Here’s what happened:
Lt. Col. Vindman repeatedly claimed that he felt President Trump’s conversation with Ukrainian President Zelensky included a “demand.” Yet, when pressed, Lt. Col. Vindman admitted that President Trump’s language was ambiguous, and “you can interpret it in different ways.”
Chairman Schiff intervened in Republican questioning to prevent Lt. Col. Vindman from testifying about his contacts with members of the intelligence community in front of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
Chairman Schiff declared, “I want to make sure that there is no effort to out the whistleblower,” despite the fact that Chairman Schiff repeatedly told press and the Intelligence Committee that the whistleblower would soon be coming to testify.
Democrats, including Chairman Schiff, claim not to know the identity of the whistleblower. However, the whistleblower coordinated with Chairman Schiff’s staff before filing their complaint, and Chairman Schiff has repeatedly intervened to prevent witnesses from answering Republicans’ specific questions about members of the intelligence community.
Whip Scalise has previously argued in Fox News that the American people have a right to hear from the whistleblower.
In one of the most important reminders during today’s hearing, Rep. Stefanik (R-NY) emphasized that the President of the United States, not unelected staffers, sets U.S. foreign policy.
In a telling exchange that exposes Democrats’ politically-motivated impeachment scheme, Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-IL) asked Jennifer Williams and Lt. Colonel Vindman the following question:
Ratcliffe: “Ms. Williams you’ve never used the word ‘bribery’ or ‘bribe’ to explain the president’s conduct, correct?”
Williams: “No sir.”
Ratcliffe: “Colonel Vindman, you haven’t either?”
Pelosi claims this charade is all about “bribery.” The problem with that focus-group-tested narrative? No witness has used the word “bribery” to describe President Trump’s conduct. And yet, Democrats are attempting to impeach the president despite any evidence of bribery, wrongdoing, or criminal activity.
In fact, “bribery” has only ever been mentioned in the context of Biden’s alleged conduct.
It’s time to end this impeachment charade and get back to real work on behalf of the American people.