“Not one thing he has said comports with any of the Democrats’ impeachment narrative. Not one thing. But I will tell you this, the process Mr. Schiff has set up, Mr. Schiff was going to try to limit members from even asking questions when we started today’s interview,” said Jim Jordan casting doubt over Schiff’s and Pelosi’s impeachment efforts.
Jordan was speaking about former U.S. envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker’s testimony on the hill today marking Adam’s first attempts to get Trump.
It should not come as a surprise that the hearings are private – if Schiff thought he had Trump believe me he would be making a public spectacle.
“It is deeply unfortunate and regrettable that Schiff’s show trial investigation has clearly affected Volker’s ability to advance U.S. interests with Ukraine,” GOP Rep Mike Turner said,
”It is my strong belief that Volker would not have been involved in nor permitted anything inappropriate, let alone illegal, in his service to our country.”
“I do not believe that Volker’s testimony advanced Schiff’s impeachment agenda,” he added.
And now we have a bombshell report from Fox News that casts doubt on the whole impeachment narrative.
From Fox News:
Meanwhile, new encrypted text messages obtained by Fox News show Volker and other U.S. officials battling internally last month over whether Trump was engaged in a “quid pro quo” with Ukraine as he pressed for the country to look into the Biden family, while holding back U.S. aid. The texts with Volker, U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland and Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine Bill Taylor indicate that the nature of a potential arrangement between the U.S. and Ukraine was a matter of dispute.
“As I said on the phone, I think it’s crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign,” Taylor said in a text exchange.
Sondland responded by saying that was not what was happening. “Bill, I believe you are incorrect about President Trump’s intentions. The President has been crystal clear: no quid pro quo’s of any kind. The President is trying to evaluate whether Ukraine is truly going to adopt the transparency and reforms that President Zelensky promised during his campaign.”
Both men then agreed to cease discussing the matter over text, noting that phone calls with the appropriate officials would be preferable.
Democrats are accusing Trump of threatening to withhold military aid as leverage to obtain Ukraine’s assistance in an investigation into the Biden family. Trump adamantly denies any quid pro quo.
A White House memo released last week contains the substance of the July phone call showing that Trump asked Zelensky to assist Rudy Giuliani, who was investigating former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. In particular, Giuliani has raised questions about Hunter Biden’s business dealings with Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings, as well as the former vice president’s successful effort to have a prosecutor — who had been looking into the company — fired. The Bidens have vehemently denied wrongdoing, with allies maintaining the intervention had to do with corruption concerns.
According to the whistleblower complaint, Volker met with Zelensky and other Ukrainian officials in Kiev the day after the phone call. The complaint alleges that, according to “various U.S. officials,” Volker and Sondland advised Ukraine how to “navigate” Trump’s request.