NUNES REPORTS DEMS “MORE AND MORE UPSET”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Oct. 22, 2019) — On Tuesday night’s “Hannity,” host Sean Hannity told House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes that his sources have told him that the statements of witnesses House Democrats have called upon to testify behind closed doors as part of their “impeachment inquiry” of the president do not support the narrative of a “quid pro quo.”
Since September 24, Washington, DC has been consumed with Democrats’ claim that President Trump committed an impeachable offense in the form of a “quid pro quo” in a July 25 phone call with the newly-elected president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskiy. The inquiry was allegedly launched after a government “whistleblower” complained to House Intel Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr about the content of the phone call based on second-hand information.
Schiff, who first appeared to have no knowledge of the complaint, was later forced to admit that members of his staff interacted with the whistleblower about his alleged concerns before it became public approximately a month ago.
The whistleblower claimed that when Trump asked Zelenskiy to look into former putative Vice President Joseph Biden’s involvement in having a former Ukrainian chief prosecutor fired in March 2016, he was placing undue pressure on Zelenskiy to grant Trump’s request for a “favor.”
The same day Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced the “impeachment inquiry,” the White House released a transcript of the call prepared by members of the “White House Situation Room.”
Trump’s demand of Zelenskiy negatively impacted national security, the whistleblower wrote in a five-page letter replete with detailed footnotes which many believe was written by attorneys. The complainant is represented by a law firm which had encouraged government employees to come forward about activity within the Trump administration.
Testimony from witnesses at the “secret” hearings Schiff has been holding over the last two weeks has been selectively leaked, Nunes said, resulting in “narratives” being “built.” Nunes claimed that in 2016 the Ukrainians worked with the Democrats to “oppose Donald Trump as a candidate.” He said Trump sent his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, to Ukraine to gather information as to how and where the “Steele dossier,” paid for by the Democrat National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign through a private firm, Fusion GPS, originated.
Rather than Russia, some Republicans, including Nunes, have said the compilation of unverified claims about Trump and Russia was obtained by Democrats in Ukraine.
Hannity said his sources have reported that “every single witness has debunked this notion of a quid quo pro” and expressed disbelief as to recent reports from Republicans that they have been denied the ability to call witnesses, obtain transcripts, and to read the transcripts without a Democrat “minder” present.
“That is unprecedented,” Nunes said. “Tradition has been Republicans and Democrats get the tapes and get the transcripts.”
Nunes described the hearings as “a slow-motion crazy train that’s going into impeachment fantasy-land looking for the Loch Ness monster.” He said the witnesses have caused Democrats to become “more and more upset” since their testimony reportedly does not support Democrats’ narrative.
The media is reporting the opposite, particularly in the case of Acting U.S. Ambassador to the Ukraine Bill Taylor on Tuesday.
Nunes criticized the State Department for appearing ignorant of the extent to which Ukraine reportedly worked against the election of Donald Trump in 2016.