“The entire world can read the transcript of President Trump’s conversation with President Zelensky, so people don’t need to rely on third-party opinions when they can see the facts for themselves. Despite that, today we heard from Democrats’ hand-picked star witnesses, who together were not on the Ukraine phone call, did not speak directly to President Trump, got third-hand hearsay from one side of a different phone call in a restaurant, and formed opinions based on stories in the pages of the New York Times. We hate to break it to these unelected, career government bureaucrats who think they know best: the President of the United States sets foreign policy, not them. And disagreement on policy is not an impeachable offense.”
Acting US Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor and State Department official George Kent both described an “irregular” channel led by Trump allies to pressure Ukraine to investigate the Bidens in exchange for a White House meeting and US military aid.
Taylor described how one of his assistants overheard a call between US Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland in which Trump said he did not care about Ukraine and just wanted the country to probe the Bidens. The existence of this call between Trump and Sondland had not been previously disclosed in earlier testimony. In a White House press conference later, Trump disavows any knowledge of such a call.
House Intelligence Committee Democrats defeated Republicans’ motion to compel the Trump whistleblower to testify, concluding today’s hearings. Keep following for more analysis and again on Friday for live updates on the next congressional hearings.