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Time For Conservatives To Saddle Up: Democrats To Hold ‘Public’ Impeachment Hearings Next Week

Public Impeachment Hearings
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi confirmed last week that Democrats would hold public impeachment hearings in the coming weeks, telling reporters “I would assume there would be public hearings in November.”

Now, Mary Clare Jalonick, Lisa Mascaro and Eric Tucker, writing for the Associated Press, report Democrats have officially announced they will launch public impeachment hearings next week, intending to “bring to life” weeks of closed-door testimony and lay out their narrative of misconduct by President Donald Trump.

According to Jalonick, Mascaro and Tucker the Democrats’ lead-off witness will be William Taylor, formerly a top diplomat in Ukraine, who behind closed doors claimed it was his understanding that there was a quid pro quo between the delivery of US military aid to Ukraine and the government of Ukraine launching an anti-corruption investigation of Joe and Hunter Biden.

Taylor told Democrat investigators about an "irregular channel" that the president's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, set up for Ukraine diplomacy, and how the White House was holding up the military aid, according to a transcript of his closed-door interview released Wednesday and reported by Jalonick, Mascaro and Tucker.

"That was my clear understanding, security assistance money would not come until the president [of Ukraine] committed to pursue the investigation," Taylor said.

He was asked if he was aware that "quid pro quo" meant "this for that."

"I am," he replied.

Taylor, who testified in October, had repeatedly conveyed concerns about the "irregular channel" that Giuliani had set up at Trump's instruction to bypass the embassy and the State Department.

"The security assistance got blocked by this second channel," he said.

According to reporting by Jalonick, Mascaro and Tucker in his appearance last month Taylor told lawmakers that it was the "unanimous opinion of every level of interagency discussion" that the military aid should be resumed without delay.

However, the record also shows that Taylor did not receive firsthand the information about which he testified.

“And this isn’t firsthand. It’s not secondhand. It’s not thirdhand,” Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin (NY-1) said to Taylor. “But if I understand this correctly, you’re telling us that Tim Morrison told you that Ambassador Sondland told him that the president told Ambassador Sondland that Zelensky would have to open an investigation into Biden?”

“That’s correct,” Taylor admitted.

Zeldin noted that the only reference to Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden in Taylor’s opening statement stemmed from what our friend Sean Davis of The Federalist called that “convoluted game of telephone.”

As Sean Davis explained, Taylor, the charge d’affairs of the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, told lawmakers in secret testimony two weeks ago that his opinions about an alleged quid pro quo demanded by Trump were formed largely from conversations with anti-Trump staffers within the diplomatic bureaucracy.

“[Y]ou’ve never spoken to Mr. [Rudy] Giuliani?” Taylor was asked.

“No, no,” he replied.

“Has anyone ever asked you to speak to Mr. Giuliani?”

“No,” Taylor said.

“And if I may, have you spoken to the president of the United States?” Taylor was asked.

“I have not,” he said.

“You had no communications with the president of the United States?”

“Correct,” Taylor said.

He also admitted he had never spoken to Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s chief of staff.

When asked who exactly he had spoken to about the alleged quid pro quo, Davis noted Taylor confirmed that his only contacts about the matter were with John Bolton, the former national security adviser who was fired by Trump, Fiona Hill, Alexander Vindman, and Tim Morrison. Both Hill and Vindman are rumored to have been sources for Eric Ciaramella, the so-called whistleblower who filed a complaint against Trump in August.

As we detailed in our article Facts Matter: Democrats Undermining Their Own Impeachment Narrative both Ambassador Sondland and Ambassador Volker contradicted Taylor in their testimony. 

After the release of the Taylor transcript the Oversight Committee’s Republicans quickly tweeted a response which we think pretty well sums up William Taylor’s utility as a witness:

@HouseDemocrats expect you to believe that Amb. Taylor knew of a quid pro quo.

Here are the facts:

• He never spoke to President Trump about military aid

• Was not part of the July 25 call between Presidents

• No first-hand knowledge

 

Ridiculous

Democrats plan to hold their first public impeachment hearings next week, so CHQ readers and friends better saddle up because it is going to be a wild week in Washington.  We urge every conservative and liberty lover to call their Representative to demand that he or she oppose this assault on constitutional government. The toll-free Capitol Switchboard number (1-866-220-0044) and be sure to got to the  ANTI-IMPEACHMENT HOW-TO GUIDE before you call to help you be up to speed on the issues and arguments involved.

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