Top Armed Services Republican Says Trump Call Not ‘Impeachable’

Clay Curtis
November 11, 2019

"He went on a telephone call with the president of Ukraine and. proceeded to ask for an investigation of his rival".

President Donald Trump wanted his Republican defenders to stick to a very specific script when they defend his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Instead, they are seeking to broaden the investigation to include actions taken years ago by the Bidens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., argued that "it's unfair to treat Trump under one standard and Joe Biden under a different standard". Zelensky has also publicly denied there was any pressure from Trump during the call. "I have no idea who they are", he said. Taylor was upset to find out that security aid to Ukraine, as well as a White House meeting between Trump and Zelenskiy, had been delayed for political reasons.

Graham added that there's a "need for Hunter Biden to be called to adequately defend the president".

Trump also criticized House Democrats for moving their inquiry to the public eye with open hearings next week.

Several Democrats on Sunday pushed back against their GOP counterparts' request.

"I recommend that Nervous Nancy Pelosi (who backed up Schiff's lie), Shifty Adam Schiff, Sleepy Joe Biden, the Whistleblower (who miraculously disappeared after I released the transcript of the call), the 2nd Whistleblower (who also disappeared), & the I.G., be part of the list!"

"The only thing that the whistleblower can say is that he was told by other people about the phone call", Speier said. "We believe the integrity of the system, the integrity of the constitution, the integrity of the processes under our legal system, is more important than the outcome of one particular case". "So you have direct evidence, not indirect evidence".

In appearance, few would choose Schiff, 59, as the Democrats' attack dog to take down a Republican leader who is fighting tooth and nail to save his presidency.

Another Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney of NY, also rejected the call for Hunter Biden to testify.

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"He has no knowledge of what the president did or didn't do here that is the subject of the impeachment hearing", Maloney said on "Fox News Sunday".

Since launching their inquiry on September 24 into allegations that Trump abused his office for personal political gain, lawmakers in the Democratic-run House of Representatives have been holding hearings with current and former officials behind closed doors.

In the letter, Schiff said "this inquiry is not and will not serve, however, as a vehicle to undertake the same sham investigations into the Bidens or 2016 that the President pressed Ukraine to conduct for his personal political benefit, or facilitate the President's effort to threaten, intimidate, and retaliate against the whistle-blower who courageously raised the initial alarm". The importance of process, Thornberry maintained, can not be ignored.

He went on to say, due to popular demand, he would be releasing the transcript of his April conversation with Zelensky on Tuesday.

"Information concerning national security and foreign affairs is at the heart of the Committees' impeachment inquiry, and it is hard to imagine any question that the Committees might put to Dr. Kupperman that would not implicate these sensitive areas", he wrote. He said Republicans want to hear testimony from Hunter Biden. Trump added, "The Republicans have never been so united and I think the people of our country have never been so united".

Mulvaney's outside counsel informed investigators on Friday that his client had been directed by the White House not to comply with the subpoena and asserted "absolute immunity", a congressional aide said.

"I'm not concerned about anything".

"When you're going to provide hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars into a system, you want to make sure it isn't corrupt".

"This is non-adversarial toward the president, and in no way indicates any distance between Mr. Mulvaney and the president", said a person close to Mulvaney, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe his thinking.

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