President Trump’s team hit back yesterday as his lawyers finally got their chance to make their case. It’s a strong case and they have wide latitude after the Dems implosion.
Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler did the only thing they could not – piss off the handful of swing Republican Senators who will determine the next steps in the trial.
President Trump’s lawyers were on their move and quickly pulled an ace from their sleeve, ending the Dems argument and exposing the flaw that would be fatal to Schiff’s case.
Mark Meadows commented: “Trump’s legal team is on the floor methodically shredding the impeachment case. Turns out, things aren’t so slam dunk for House Democrats when the President gets a chance to respond. Imagine that.”
Here is the transcript from CSPAN:
THE HOUSE MANAGERS DIDN’T SHOW YOU THIS TESTIMONY. FROM ANY OF THESE FOUR WITNESSES. WHY NOT? WHY DIDN’T THEY GIVE YOU THE CONTEXT OF THIS TESTIMONY? THINK ABOUT THIS AS WELL, IF THE UKRAINIANS HAD BEEN AWARE, THEY WOULD HAVE SAID SOMETHING.
THERE WERE NUMEROUS HIGH-LEVEL MEETINGS BETWEEN SENIOR UKRAINIAN AND U.S. OFFICIALS DURING THE SUMMER. AFTER THE REVIEW ON THE SECURITY ASSISTANCE, BEGAN BUT BEFORE PRESIDENT ZELENSKY LEARNED OF THE HOLD THROUGH THE POLITICO ARGUMENT. IF UKRAINIANS HAD KNOWN ABOUT THE HOLD, THEY WOULD HAVE RAISED IT IN ONE OF THOSE MEETINGS. YET THE UKRAINIANS DIDN’T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT THE HOLD A SINGLE ONE OF THOSE MEETINGS.
NOT JULY 9, NOT JULY 10, NOT ON JULY 25, NOT ON JULY 26. NONE OF THOSE MEETINGS, NONE OF THOSE MEETINGS DID THAT UKRAINIANS MENTION THE PAUSE ON SECURITY.
AMBASSADOR VOLKER TESTIFIED HE WAS REGULARLY IN TOUCH WITH THE SENIOR HIGHEST LEVEL OFFICIALS IN THE UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT. UKRAINIAN OFFICIALS WOULD CONFIDE THINGS AND WOULD HAVE ASKED IF THEY HAD ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE EIGHT.
NOBODY SAID A WORD AMBASSADOR VOLKER UNTIL THE END OF AUGUST. WITHIN HOURS OF THE ARTICLE BEING PUBLISHED, HE TEXT A LINK OF THE ARTICLE AND ASK ABOUT THE REPORT.
IN OTHER WORDS, AS SOON AS THE UKRAINIANS LEARNED ABOUT THE HOLD, THEY ASKED ABOUT IT. NOW MR. SCHIFF SAID SOMETHING DURING THE 21 HOURS THAT HE AND HIS TEAM SPOKE, THAT I ACTUALLY AGREE WITH. WHICH IS WHEN HE TALKED ABOUT COMMON STAFF. MANY OF US AT THE TABLES IN THE ROOM ARE FORMER PROSECUTORS.
AT THE STATE, FEDERAL OR MILITARY LEVEL. PROSECUTORS TALK A LOT ABOUT COMMON SENSE. COMMON SENSE COMES INTO PLAY RIGHT HERE. THE TOP UKRAINIAN OFFICIAL SAID NOTHING, NOTHING AT ALL TO THE U.S. COUNTERPARTS DURING ALL THESE MEETINGS ABOUT THE PAUSE ON SECURITY ASSISTANCE.
BUT THEN, AS SOON AS THE ARTICLE COMES OUT, SUDDENLY IN THE FIRST INTENSE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER, SECURITY ASSISTANCE WAS ALL THEY WANTED TO TALK ABOUT. WHAT WAS HE TO CONCLUDE IF WE ARE USING COMMON SENSE?
THEY DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT THE PAUSE UNTIL THE POLITICAL ARGUMENT ON AUGUST 20. NO ACTIVITY BEFORE, ARTICLE COMES OUT, FLURRY OF ACTIVITY.
THAT’S COMMON SENSE. ABSOLUTELY FATAL TO THE HOUSE MANAGERS CASE.
PAST MANAGERS ARE AWARE THAT THE UKRAINIANS LACK OF KNOWLEDGE ON THE HOLD IS FATAL TO THEIR CASE. SO THEY DESPERATELY TRIED TO MUDDY THE WATER.