On Wednesday, Democrats on the Home Intelligence Committee kicked off public impeachment proceedings into President Donald Trump by calling 2 main witnesses, State Department career diplomats William Taylor Jr. and George Kent.
” What [Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff] is doing is like a prosecutor in a murder trial leading with two witnesses who didn’t witness the crime and who have no knowledge of the victim or the implicated,” said former New York Lieutenant Guv and New York Post writer Betsy McCaughey on Fox Nation’s” Deep Dive.”
” They got a fourth-hand report that the accused was guilty,” she stated and asked incredulously, “That’s proof to get rid of somebody from office?”
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio., illustrated McCaughney’s observation in pointed questioning of acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor on Wednesday.
Jordan concentrated on Taylor’s claim, stated in a deposition and repeated in testimony on Wednesday, that he came to have a ” clear understanding” that U.S. security help cash for Ukraine was being withheld until the president of Ukraine committed to pursuing an investigation into previous vice president Joe Biden and his boy.
” What I question is where do you get this clear understanding?” Jordan asked the ambassador.
Taylor suggested that he was informed by a conversation with U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, which is detailed in Sondland’s composed statement to Congress.
Jordan read out loud from Sondland’s changed testament, which specifies, “Ambassador Taylor recalls that Mr. Morrison informed Ambassador Taylor that I told Mr. Morrison that I had actually conveyed this message to Mr. Yermak on September 1, 2019, in connection with Vice President Pence’s check out to Warsaw and a meeting with President Zelensky.”
” We got 6 people having 4 discussions in one sentence, and you simply told me this is where you got your clear understanding?” Jordan asked.
” And you’re their star witness?” he asked Taylor rhetorically.
McCaughey said: “Here’s what individuals enjoying on television requirement to know. These witnesses never talked with Donald Trump about the issue of withholding help to the Ukraine.
” They have no … first-hand understanding of that problem. Therefore their statement today is based upon 4th or fifth-hand details … that they get amassed primarily through a video game of telephone on September 7th, when Ambassador Sondland called Tim Morrison from the National Security Council, who then called Ambassador Taylor, who then called George Kent to relay what they thought Sondland had stated.
” What’s so unpleasant is that the American individuals, a number of whom obviously do not have time to watch this impeachment hearing, have actually checked out in The New york city Times, in Politico and heard on CNN that these 2 witnesses today, Kent and Taylor, have what they call ‘overwhelming evidence’ of president misbehavior when in fact, they have none,” she concluded.
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