Today was the first day of public impeachment hearings with Acting Ambassador Bill Taylor and State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent testifying.
On today’s Jay Sekulow Live, we provided exclusive live analysis of Adam Schiff’s phony, lacking due process first day of public impeachment inquiry hearings. You can watch them for yourself by clicking here.
What we heard during the opening statements by the witnesses seemed to me to be an esoteric discussion of foreign policy towards Ukraine, not an impeachment hearing. ACLJ Director of Government Affairs Thann Bennett agreed:
The main takeaway on substance is this is a policy dispute. Chairman Schiff in his opening narrative said the President froze aid that “the Foreign Service supported.” So what? Ultimately the American people elected the President to make those decisions so if he makes one that the Foreign Service apparatus doesn’t support, that’s not relevant to this inquiry.
A highlight of the hearing was when Adam Schiff likely misled the American people again in response to Congressman Jim Jordan’s question:
Just to ask a clarifying question. Do you anticipate when we might vote on the ability to have the whistleblower in front of us- something you, of the four hundred thirty five members of congress you are the only member who knows who that individual is. And your staff is the only staff of any member of congress who’s had a chance to talk with that individual - we would like that opportunity. When might that happen in this proceeding today?
Adam Schiff’s response: “First, as the gentleman knows, that’s a false statement. I do not know the identity of the whistleblower, and I’m determined to make sure that identity is protected.”
Thann Bennett made another really good point in his response to Adam Schiff:
It’s awfully hard to keep up with Chairman Schiff, he now claims he doesn’t know who the “whistleblower” is. By my count that’s the third position he’s had over the course of the last four weeks.
Remember, this is the same Adam Schiff who initially lied about his staff’s contact with the “whistleblower”.
House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes said during his opening statement at the hearing:
After the spectacular implosion of their Russia hoax on July 24th, in which they spent years denouncing any Republican who ever shook hands with a Russian, on July 25th they turned on a dime and now claim the real malfeasance is republicans’ dealings with Ukraine. In the blink of an eye we’re asked to simply forget about Democrats on this committee falsely claiming they had more than circumstantial evidence of collusion between President Trump and Russians.
The biggest issue politically is the Democrats want to take down the President. What are they going to do or think when the Senate fully exonerates the President? This is going to go into the ash heap like the Mueller Probe.
You can listen to the entire episode here.
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