November 8, 2019
House Republicans on three committees leading the “impeachment inquiry” released 4 key pieces of evidence undermining Democrats’ arguments for impeachment ahead of this week’s public hearings.
In a memorandum obtained by The Gateway Pundit sent to Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee, Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Committee on Foreign Affairs, the GOP countered all of the ‘evidence’ provided by the Democrats to launch an impeachment inquiry into President Trump.
Republicans argued that Pelosi unilaterally launched an impeachment inquiry alleging President Trump “jeopardized U.S. national security by pressuring Ukraine to initiate politically-motivated investigations that could interfere in U.S. domestic politics.
“The evidence, however, does not support this allegation,” Republican staffers began in an 18-page memo.
Republicans also pointed out that Ukraine has a “long history of pervasive corruption” since it became an independent nation following the collapse of the Soviet Union.
This context shows Trump’s state of mind when he showed skepticism at releasing taxpayer-funded aid to Ukraine, and rightfully so.
“In the 49 days since Speaker Pelosi’s announcement, Rep. Adam Schiff” has been conducting the sham impeachment hearings from his “Capitol basement bunker” the GOP said, arguing that all the fact-finding is “unclassified” so the closed-door process and secrecy is “purely for information control.”
“Four key pieces of evidence are fatal to the Democrats‘ allegations. Stripping away the hyperbole and hysteria, these indisputable pieces of evidence show that there was no “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors,” as required by the U.S. Constitution,” the memo stated.
- The July 25 call summary — the best evidence of the conversation — shows no conditionality or evidence of pressure.
The best evidence of the telephone conversation between President Trump and President Zelensky is the contemporaneous summary prepared by White House Situation Room staff. As transcribed, the call summary denotes laughter, pleasantries, and compliments exchanged between President Trump and President Zelensky. The summary does not evince any threats, coercion, intimidation, or indication of a quid pro quo—as even Democrats have acknowledged.43 The summary bears absolutely no resemblance to Chairman Schiff’s self described “parody” interpretation of the call.
2) Both President Zelensky and President Trump have publicly and repeatedly said there was no pressure to investigate the President’s political rivals.
Since President Trump voluntarily released the content of the July 25 phone conversation, both President Zelensky and President Trump have said publicly and repeatedly there was no pressure to investigate President Trump’s political rivals. President Zelensky’s statements are particularly important, as Democrats allege that he was the target of the pressure campaign. President Zelensky has variously asserted that “nobody pushed … me,” “I was never pressured,” and there was no “blackmail.”
On September 25, President Zelensky and President Trump met face-to-face for a bilateral meeting during the United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly in New York. The presidents jointly participated in a media availability, during which President Zelensky asserted that he felt no pressure.
- Q. President Zelensky, have you felt any pressure from President Trump to investigate Joe Biden and Hunter Biden?
- A. “I think you read everything. So I think you read text. I‘m sorry, but I don’t want to be involved to democratic, open elections elections of USA. No, you heard that we had, I think, good phone call. It was normal. We spoke about many things. And I – so I think, and you read it, that nobody pushed — pushed me.”
3) The Ukrainian government was not aware that U.S. security assistance was delayed at the time of the July 25 phone call.
Evidence also suggests that the Ukrainian government never even knew that U.S. security assistance was delayed until some point in August 2019, long after the July 25 phone call between President Trump and President Zelensky.
Although the assistance was delayed at the time of the July 25 call, President Trump never raised the assistance with President Zelensky or implied that the aid was in danger. As Ambassador Volker testified, because Ukrainian officials were unaware of the hold, there was no leverage implied. This evidence undercuts the allegation that the President withheld U.S. security assistance to pressure President Zelensky to investigate his political rivals.
4) The United States provided security assistance to Ukraine and President Trump met with President Zelensky without Ukraine ever investigating President Trump‘s political rivals.
Evidence also shows that U.S. security assistance to Ukraine was released and President Zelensky met with President Trump without Ukraine investigating President Trump‘s political rivals. These facts significantly undermine the Democrat allegation that President Trump used either as leverage to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rivals.
On September 11, 2019, OMB released the U.S. security assistance to Ukraine.82 Ukraine subsequently received this assistance. The U.S. disbursed this assistance without Ukraine ever acting to investigate President Trump‘s political rivals.
Republicans argued in a conclusion: Now as the Democrats move their proceedings into open hearings, their process is still one-sided, partisan, and fundamentally unfair. There is no co-equal subpoena power. There are no due process protections for the President. There is no guarantee that Chairman Schiff will call witnesses put forward by Republicans. In fact, Chairman Schiff has already denied the minority’s request to call the anonymous whistleblower whose complaint initiated the inquiry.
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