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Impeachment Hearings #DemsGotNothing

Ratcliffe and Taylor
On Day One of the Democrats’ impeachment show trial Ambassador William Taylor may have revealed what this sham is really about... And that's what this is really about: President Trump won't fall in line with beltway foreign policy elites, and that's what they believe is the real impeachable offense.

“What I can do here for you today is tell you what I heard from people,” Taylor said at one point to the Democratic counsel, which is, as Scott Jennings wrote in an article for the LA Times, not exactly compelling evidence if you are trying to convince the American people that what happened is worthy of taking down a presidency.

Rep. Jim Jordan, deftly questioned Ambassador Taylor about his so-called “clear understanding” of linkage between investigations and U.S. foreign aid.  Jordan dismantled Taylor’s hearsay-inspired testimony by showing him a sworn declaration from another impeachment witness – U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland – that was about as clear as mud.

The Sondland declaration stated in part that “Ambassador Taylor recalls that Mr. Morrison told Ambassador Taylor that I told Mr. Morrison that I had conveyed this message to Mr. Yermak on September 1, 2019, in connection with Vice President Pence’s visit to Warsaw and a meeting with President Zelensky.”

As David Bossie put it, Jordan described that perplexing statement in epic fashion: “We got six people taking about four conversations in one sentence and you just told me this is where you got your clear understanding?”

The fact that Democrats are relying on indecipherable testimony such as this is exactly why their case is collapsing wrote Bossie.

During his time to question Ambassador Taylor Rep. Jim Jordan also pointed out that Taylor was emphatically proven wrong that Ukraine aid would be withheld until investigations into Biden began, because the fact is that aid was released without any investigations or promises of any.

But the most revealing part comes at the end of the exchange, after Taylor basically concedes the quid pro quo never happened.

Taylor very passionately stated, "The other thing that went on when that assistance was on hold, was we shook the confidence of a close partner in our reliability..."

Really? Is Trump's "America First" foreign policy agenda of stopping endless wars under trial? Jordan, retorted: "That's not what this proceeding is about, that's not what this whole thing started on!"

Scott Jennings observed, and we agree, that you get a sense when watching Taylor give that response that this is what this proceeding is all about... its Trump's foreign policy decisions, not this fake quid pro quo accusation, that really angers the Swamp and the Foggy Bottom cookie pushers at the State Department.

As The Federalist's Sean Davis put it: "As best I can tell by Bill Taylor's testimony thus far, Trump's real crime is refusing to delegate the entirety of U.S. foreign policy decision-making to a coterie of unelected career bureaucrats who think the Constitution gives them all power and authority to run the country."

George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, who was in full dork-mode wearing a bow tie, did not fare any better. Kent testified that, back during President Barack Obama’s administration, he did indeed raise concerns that Hunter’s board seat could create “the appearance of a conflict” with Vice President Biden’s role in Ukraine policy.

And Steve Castor, the GOP staff attorney, hammered home how improper this looked. “He’s getting paid $50,000 a month but we don’t know whether he had any experience, he had any — he spoke the language or whether he moved to Ukraine, correct?”

Kent had no choice but to answer in the affirmative.

One important part of the hearing that didn’t fully sink in until we read Scott Jennings’ LA Times piece was Rep. Elise Stefanik’s afternoon questioning of the witnesses. Rep. Stefanik’s questioning reminded everyone that Russia invaded Ukraine in 2014, during President Obama’s administration.

For two years, Obama and Biden, supposedly a Ukrainian savant, refused to send lethal aid to Ukraine to beat back the Russians. As Jennings pointed out, under questioning from Rep. Stefanik an inconvenient truth emerged for Democrats: if you are worried about Russian influence, Trump has done a much better job than Obama ever did. Under Trump, we actually sent the Ukrainians lethal aid, a policy that Taylor and Kent admitted is better than it was before.

So, just to close the circle with clarity: During the time when then-Vice President Joe Biden was America’s “point man” on Ukraine, and corrupt Ukrainian oligarchs were paying Biden’s son Hunter millions of dollars, lethal military aid was withheld from Ukraine. But when President Trump was supposedly abusing his power to the detriment of US – Ukraine relations lethal aid was actually delivered to Ukraine.

Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe really drove home what a sham this whole “investigation” is by asking both witnesses if they had come before the committee to report any offenses stemming from the Trump-Zelensky call that warranted impeachment. Neither would say yes, which for Democrats was a deflating moment.

Bottom line from this week’s so-called investigation: #DemsGotNothing Schiff’s hearings have revealed nothing but hearsay and speculation by individuals who were out of the loop and from the beginning opposed to President Trump’s America First foreign policy.

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