Rep. Devin Nunes launched yet another blistering attack on the integrity of the latest Democrat led investigation into what by all accounts turns out to be a completely legal conversation between Pres. Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Initial reports claimed there was a quid pro quo between Trump and Zelensky. Although that proved to be false, it did not stop Democrats from claiming the conversation violated some kind of law, o was in some way corrupt.
Meanwhile, former Vice President Joe Biden did pressure Ukraine to fire a prosecutor, Victor Shokin, who was investigating his son, Hunter. If they did not, Biden threatened to withhold one billion in loan guarantees. Why was Hunter Biden in the Ukraine? He was essentially placed there, given a position on the board of Burisma Holdings, because his father is the Vice President of the United States.
A reporter for the New York Times,Ken Vogel, wrote a long piece on Hunter Biden and his attachment to the Ukraine. But Vogel said he reported on the matter not because Rudy Giuliani requested it, or to benefit the Trump administration. Of course, they would not do anything that could be perceived as benefiting Trump. Obama, well that's a different story.
Here is how Vogel explains his reporting: “TO BE CLEAR: Independent of @RudyGiuliani’s efforts, the intersection of @JoeBiden & HUNTER BIDEN in Ukraine warrants scrutiny,” he said, noting that the Times had begun reporting on the Burisma story in 2015."
Here is Nunes statement before the hearing:
"I thank the gentleman. I want to congratulate the democrats on the rollout of their latest information warfare operation and their extraordinary ability to once again enlist the mainstream media in their campaign.
This operation began with media reports from the prime instigators of the Russian collusion hoax. that a whistle-blower is claiming that President Trump made promises to a foreign leader. that central assertion has already been debunked.
The democrats moved the goalpost and began claiming there then needed to be a quid pro quo for this conversation to serve as the basis for impeaching the president.
Speaker Pelosi went further when asked earlier if she would put brake on the impeachment if the transcript turned out to be benign.
She responded, “If the whistle-blower operation doesn't work out, the -- we have candidates -- quote, we have many candidates for impeachable offenses.”
That was her quote. so there you go. If the whistle-blower operation doesn't work out, the Democrats and their media assets can always drum up something else.
And what has also come to light, the complaint relied on hearsay evidence provided by the whistle-blower. the inspector general did not know the content of the phone call at issue.
The inspector general found the whistle-blower displayed arguable, politically biassed against Trump. The department of justice investigated the complaint and determined no action was warranted.
The Ukrainian president denies being pressured by President Trump.
So, once again, the supposed scandal ends up being nothing like we are told and once again the Democrats and leakers are ginning up a fake story with no regard for the damage they're causing to our public institutions and to rest in government, and without acknowledging all the false stories they propagated in the past, including countless allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to hack the 2016 election.
We're supposed to forget about all those stories, but believe this one.
In short, what we have with this story line is another Steele dossier, in the Democrats mania to overturn the 2016 elections, everything they touch gets hopelessly politicized.
With the Russia hoax, it was our intelligence agencies. And now, today, the whistle-blower process is the causality.
Until about a week ago, the need to protect that process was the -- was a primary bipartisan concern of this committee.
But if the democrats were really concerned with defending that process, they would have pursued this matter with a quiet, sober inquiry as we do for all whistle-blowers.
But that would have been useless for them. they don't want answers. they want a public spectacle, and so we've been treated to a parade of press releases, press conferences and fake news stories.
This hearing itself is another example: whistle-blower inquiries should not be held in public at all. their hearing with Mr. Maguire is behind closed doors.
But, again, that only makes sense when your goal is to get information, not to create a media frenzy. The current hysteria has something else in common with the Russia hoax.
Back then they accused the Trump campaign of colluding with Russians when the democrats themselves were colluding with Russians and preparing the Steele dossier.
Today, they accused the president of pressuring Ukrainians to take actions that would help himself or hurt his political opponents.
Yet there are numerous examples of Democrats doing the exact same thing. Joe Biden bragged that he extorted the Ukrainians into firing a prosecutor who happened to be investigating Biden's own son.
Three Democratic senators wrote a letter pressuring the Ukrainian prosecutor to reopen the investigation into former Trump campaign officials.
Another Democratic senator went to Ukraine and pressured the Ukrainian president not to investigate corruption allegations on -- involving Joe Biden's son.
According to Ukrainian officials, the Democratic National Committee, contractor tried to get Ukrainian officials to provide dirt on trump associates and tried to get the former Ukrainian president to comment publicly on alleged ties to Russia.
Ukrainian official was a source for Nellie Ohr as she worked on the anti-trump operation conducted by Fusion GPS and funded by the Democrats.
Of course Democrats on this very committee negotiated with people who they thought were Ukrainians in order to obtain nude pictures of Trump.
People can reasonably ask why the Democrats are so determined to impeach this president when in just a year, they'll have a chance.
In fact, one Democratic congressman, one of the first to call for trump's impeachment, gave us the answer when he said, quote, I'm concerned that if we don't impeach the president, he will get re-elected, unquote.
Winning elections is hard and when you compete, you have no guarantee you'll win. but the American people do have a say in this and they made their voices heard in the last presidential election.
This latest by the democrats is unhinged and dangerous. they should end the entire, dishonest, grotesque spectacle and get back to work on solving problems.
Judging by today's charade, the chances of that happening any time soon are zero to none. I yield back.
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