On today’s impeachment inquiry hearing, Rep. Jim Jordan literally couldn’t believe the Dems closing witness start turn today and held him to account.
Rep. Jordan poked holes in the Dem case by pointing out that the bombshell David Holmes testified to today, which he overheard this important call between Sondland and President Trump, made such little impact that the other Dem star Witness Ambassador Taylor never brought it up.
Here’s the transcript from Cspan:
Jordan: “WHY DIDN’T YOUR BOSS BRING UP THE CALL YOU OVERHEARD, THE REASON YOU’RE HERE TODAY, YOU’RE THEIR CLOSING WITNESS, THE FIRST WITNESS, AMBASSADOR TAYLOR DIDN’T EVEN BRING IT UP. WHEN WE DEPOSED YOU, YOU SAID THIS WAS EXTREMELY DISTINCTIVE EXPERIENCE, ONE OF THE MOST REMARKABLE EVENTS OF MY LIFE.”
“YOU DESCRIBED IT LIKE THIS, YOU SAID AFTER THE CALL HAPPENS, I IMMEDIATELY TOLD DEPUTY CHIEF ABOUT THE CALL AND YOU WENT ON VACATION, TOLD SEVERAL FRIENDS AND FAMILY ABOUT THE CALL, THEN YOU COME BACK ON AUGUST 6th AND TELL AMBASSADOR TAYLOR ABOUT THE CALL.”
“AND THEN IN YOUR DEPOSITION STATEMENT, YOU SAID IN YOUR STATEMENT TODAY AS WELL, I REPEATEDLY REFER TO THE CALL IN MEETINGS AND CONVERSATIONS WHERE THE ISSUE OF THE PRESIDENT’S INTEREST IN UKRAINE WAS RELEVANT.”
“I REPEATEDLY REFERRED TO THE CALL IN MEETINGS AND CONVERSATIONS WHERE THE ISSUE OF THE PRESIDENT’S INTERESTS IN UKRAINE WAS RELEVANT.”
“THAT SOUNDS LIKE GOVERNMENT SPEAK FOR YOU TOLD EVERYBODY. YET THEIR STAR WITNESS, THEIR FIRST WITNESS, AMBASSADOR TAYLOR, WHEN HE CAME HERE, HE RELATED 13 DIFFERENT CONVERSATIONS HE HAD BETWEEN JULY 18th WHEN THE AID IS FROZEN, SEPTEMBER 11th WHEN IT’S REESED, 13 DIFFERENT CONVERSATIONS, NEVER ONCE MENTIONING THIS CALL, JULY 19th, DR. HILL, COLONEL VIND — JULY 20th, SONDLAND TOLD TAYLOR WHAT HE TOLD TRUMP.”
“JULY 28th, MORRISON TELLS TAYLOR WHAT HAPPENED ON THE TRUMP ZELENSKY CALL. AUGUST 24th, TALKS TO TAYLOR,AUGUST 22nd, MORRISON TALKS TO TAYLOR, AUGUST 29th, SEPTEMBER2nd, MORRISON TELLS TAYLOR, SEPTEMBER 7th MORRISON TELLS TAYLOR WHAT SONDLAND TOLD TRUMP, AND SEPTEMBER 8th, SONDLAND TELLS TAYLOR WHAT TRUMP TOLD SONDLAND.”
“NOWHERE IS THERE A HOLMES TELLS TAYLOR WHAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TOLD SONDLAND.”
Mr. Holmes: “THANK YOU, SIR. I BELIEVE AMBASSADOR TAYLOR DID KNOW WHEN I BRIEFED HIM WHEN I RETURNED FROM VACATION ON THE 6th. IT WAS NOT NEWS TO HIM THAT THE PRESIDENT WAS PRESSING FOR A BIDEN INVESTIGATION.”
Rep. Jordan was added to the Committee just before the public hearings began. He is viewed as one of President Trump’s most loyal allies and a strong attack dog for questioning witnesses.