Adam Schiff is having a really bad first day in the open impeachment hearings. Not only are his “star witnesses” bombing, but the GOP is also exposing the real Ukraine crime. In fact, when Rep. Devin Nunes was getting close to exposing that truth, Schiff went nuts and stopped the hearing. Then, Schiff was left red-faced after Nunes and his GOP colleagues proceeded to shame him on live TV. You’ll love this.
House Intel Chairman Adam Schiff interrupted House Republicans’ questions of Ambassador Bill Taylor on Wednesday, a stunning breach of Congressional order.
The Republican counsel questioned Taylor about whether he could understand that Trump was concerned that some Ukrainians had worked against him in the 2016 presidential election.
What is just stunning about these first two “star” witnesses is their dereliction of duty. Both witnesses testified to being the United States’ big experts on Ukraine, working inside Ukraine for the last several years, yet neither of them had any knowledge of their Ukrainian counterparts actively engaging in subverting our 2016 presidential election?
Either they are both lying or they are both really bad at their jobs.
That’s why Schiff shut down the hearing after Republicans were only ten minutes into their questioning, warning Ambassador Bill Taylor not to “assume facts not in evidence” before him were correct.
Schiff claimed the “facts not in evidence” is Ukrainian officials who admitted they were working with the Democrats in 2016 to “dig up dirt” on the Trump campaign, and any question the GOP had about those facts the witnesses did not have to answer.
“Are you seriously interrupting our time here?” House Minority Chairman Devin Nunes asked incredulously.
Rep. John Ratcliffe protested Schiff’s sudden rule change after Democrats spent the first portion of the hearing with leading questions and hearsay.
“I sat here through the first 45 minutes and literally had an objection to almost the foundation of almost every question that [Democrat’s attorney] Mr. Goldman asked regarding facts not in evidence, leading,” he fired back at Schiff.
Schiff got all red-faced stating he was merely “instructing the witness.”
“You want to start changing the rules again?” Ratcliffe asked Schiff forcefully. “Because then you are going to get a very different kind of hearing— I guarantee you that as a former federal prosecutor. And you’re not going to like it. Not one bit. Because every one of your questions is based on hearsay and is totally leading. This hearing would be over.”
Rep. Mark Meadows tweeted: “John Ratcliffe making a great point: Adam Schiff just apparently changed the rules mid-hearing. Virtually every question Democrats asked was leading, hearsay, or some other federal evidence rules violation. Now Schiff seems to be saying he can enforce those rules. Unreal.”
John Ratcliffe making a great point: Adam Schiff just apparently changed the rules mid-hearing.
Virtually every question Democrats asked was leading, hearsay, or some other federal evidence rules violation. Now Schiff seems to be saying he can enforce those rules.
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) November 13, 2019
But that’s not all. A little later in the hearing, Rep. Ratcliffe, who was just on fire, point-blank asked the two witnesses if there was anything impeachable about Trump’s July 25 phone call.
“Ambassador Taylor and Mr. Kent, is there anything impeachable from that phone call… anything, anything at all?” Ratcliffe asked.
As the camera panned to the witnesses, a hush fell over the hearing. Total silence. Ratcliffe waited before he spoke again for maximum effect as this hit the very core of what these hearings should be about. Bill Taylor turned to the other witness, George Kent, knowing they had nothing to say, nothing to say at all.
RATCLIFFE: "Ambassador Taylor and Mr Kent is there anything impeachable from that phone call; anything, anything at all"?..
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— TheLastRefuge (@TheLastRefuge2) November 13, 2019
Another key point was Rep. Jim Jordan hammering Ambassador Bill Taylor about how he is just not a credible witness when it comes to any of the key issues. Jordan reads from part of Ambassador’s Taylor’s prior testimony from the secret hearings.
“Ambassador Taylor recalls that Mr. Morrison told Ambassador Taylor that I told Mr. Morrison that I conveyed that message to Mr. Yarmack on September 1, 2019, in connection with Vice-President’s Pence’s visit to Warsaw and a meeting with President Zelensky,” Rep. Jordan said.
“We have six people having four conversations in one sentence, and you just told me this is where you got your clear understanding,” Rep. Jordan added, making his point.
— Mad Liberals (@mad_liberals) November 13, 2019
Rep. Jim Jordan, who isn’t on the House Intel Committee, was a last-minute addition by the GOP to beef up their team to expose the Democrats. Jordan, known for his rapid-fire way of questioning witnesses, frustrated Adam Schiff to no end.
Rep. John Ratcliffe, Rep. Elise Stefanik, and of course, the GOP Ranking Member Devin Nunes rounded out the Republican team. They all had their game faces on, and it was a great day for President Donald Trump. Anyone watching the hearing could easily see exactly what is going on.
These two witnesses were the best Schiff could come with, and they were supposed to “set the mood” for the Democrats. Instead, we heard a lot of whining about hearsay conversations and a lot of speculating about events that never happened.
Nothing came close to anything remotely connected to any type of impeachable offense. It really was a joke on the Democrat side. The next hearing will be this Friday, and we expect the Schiff clown show will continue to underwhelm anyone tuning in.