(TNS) In an attempt to set the record straight before the Garbage Party moves on impeaching President Donald Trump for the high crime of winning the 2016 election, top Republicans have produced their own report on the proceedings thus far.
And, according to investigative reporting ace Sara A. Carter, it completely exonerates the commander-in-chief.
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We know what you’re thinking: Of course Republicans would exonerate President Trump. But according to Carter, their report contains enough specifics about the sham impeachment proceedings launched by the Democrats to make their case:
Ranking Chairman Devin Nunes, with the House Intelligence Committee; Rep. Jim Jordan, ranking member and Ranking member of the House Oversight Committee and Rep. Michael McCaul, ranking member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs issued the report. It noted that the impeachment inquiry is nothing more than the Democrats “orchestrated campaign to upend our political system.”
In short, Republicans noted that there simply is no evidence implicating the president in any impeachable offense, despite Democrat claims to the contrary.
What’s more, the report knocks Democrats for timing the beginning of the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment inquiry on Wednesday — as the president attends a NATO summit out of the country in London.
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And the report also documents the fact that Trump’s concerns about Ukrainian corruption were legitimate, which is why he temporarily withheld lethal aid even though the Pentagon had certified that Kiev was making progress in that area. Noteworthy as well is the fact that Trump at least provided Ukraine with lethal aid in its war against Russia-backed separatists; Obama never did though under the terms of the 1990s-era Budapest Memorandum, the U.S. was obligated to do so.
“The evidence does not support the accusation that President Trump pressured President Zelensky to initiate investigations for the purpose of benefiting the President in the 2020 election,” the 110-page report states.
“The evidence does not support the accusation that President Trump covered up the summary of his phone conversation with President Zelensky. The evidence does not support the accusation that President Trump obstructed the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry,” it adds.
After all, the White House outsmarted Democrats when the president agreed to release a rough transcript of a July 25 phone call between him and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which did not contain any “threats” against Ukraine by the president in exchange for a pledge to investigate Democratic corruption in the 2016 election or Joe and Hunter Biden.
“The unfortunate collateral damage of the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry is the harm done to bilateral U.S.-Ukraine relations, the fulfillment of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s desire to sow discord within the United States, and the opportunity costs to the American people,” the report states.
Democrats’ use of Trump’s phrase during the conversation “I would like you to do us a favor thought–” to present the appearance that Trump was pressuring Zelensky is also misleading, the report notes:
Republicans state that Democrats omit the latter part of the sentence saying the “full sentence shows that President Trump was not asking Zelensky to investigate his political rival, but rather asking him to assist in ‘getting to the bottom’ of potential Ukrainian involvement in the 2016 election.
“The reading is supported by President Trump’s subsequent reference to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who had testified the day before about his findings, and to Attorney General William Barr, who had initiated an official inquiry into the origins of the U.S. government’s 2016 Russia investigation,” says the report.
Oh, and Zelensky — again — noted Monday that Trump didn’t threaten a “quid pro quo.”
“So I think you can read text,” he said. “I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be involved to Democratic, open elections — elections of USA. No, you heard that we had, I think, good phone call. It was normal. We spoke about many things. An I — so I think, and you read it, that nobody pushed — pushed me,” Zelensky said.
Again, this impeachment inquiry is a sham. It’s the culmination of Democratic wet dreaming since the day President Trump defeated the most criminally investigated presidential nominee ever: Hillary Clinton.
It’s good the Republicans are getting all this on the record.
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