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Democrats Tailoring The Record To Justify Impeachment

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One of the weirdest and most frightening aspects of the Democrats’ drive to impeach President Trump is their continued insistence that “the evidence is overwhelming,” yet they refuse to produce the actual evidence and, in some cases, have withheld evidence they do have from House Republicans.

It has gotten so bad that Republicans yesterday raised a point of order noting that H. Res. 660 provides that other House Committee Chairs may, in consultation with their Ranking Minority Members, transmit to the House Judiciary Committee evidence or other materials that they consider pertinent to the impeachment proceedings.

On the evening of Friday, December 6, House Judiciary Republican staff became aware that the Chairmen of three committees had transmitted materials to Chairman Nadler that those committee chairs considered pertinent to the investigation. This material, containing thousands of pages of evidence and other documents, was not transmitted to Ranking Member Collins until the following afternoon, Saturday. It was impossible to determine what information may or may not be relevant in the less than 48 hours before the hearing began 9:00 a.m. Monday morning.

Intelligence Democrats also transferred thousands of pages of documents on Friday night, including “two thumb drives” containing executive session material. Judiciary Democrats did not make the executive session materials available to Judiciary Republicans in electronic form and instead required that Republicans review printed copies of the executive session materials in person in the Democrats’ committee office.

This manipulation of the record and evidence is what Prof. Jonathan Turley warned against in testimony last Wednesday when he testified, “In the current case, the record is facially insufficient. The problem is not simply that the record does not contain direct evidence of the President stating a quid pro quo, as Chairman Schiff has suggested. The problem is that the House has not bothered to subpoena the key witnesses who would have such direct knowledge. This alone sets a dangerous precedent. A House in the future could avoid countervailing evidence by simply relying on tailored records with testimony from people who offer damning presumptions or speculation.”

Why is even the tailored record Democrats have produced “facially insufficient” as Prof. Turley termed it?

Simple – Democrats have failed to produce any evidence of wrongdoing by the President:

President Trump and President Zelensky have made clear that there was no pressure.

There is no evidence that President Trump pressured Ukraine to initiate investigations to impact the 2020 election.  

There is no evidence that the President withheld aid or a meeting to pressure Ukraine to investigate Burisma, the Bidens, or the 2016 election.

The President has been extremely transparent, even releasing the transcript of the call upon which the Democrats have based their impeachment narrative.

So, where does that leave Democrats?

The Democrats’ entire impeachment sham relies on speculation and second, third, and fourth-hand accounts that fail to demonstrate any wrongdoing by President Trump.

House Democrats based their calls for impeachment on assumptions, presumptions, and speculation from witnesses who had no interaction with the President.

None of the witnesses had any firsthand knowledge or evidence of wrongdoing by the President.

Most of their witnesses never spoke with President Trump or weren’t even involved in the events at hand.

Only two people actually asked the President about this – Gordon Sondland and Sen. Ron Johnson, and the President told both of them he was not seeking any quid pro quo.

Bottom line: In order to tailor the record to justify their impeachment narrative, Democrats are refusing to release all the information they have, while dumping cherry-picked documents at the last minute. This only continues the unprecedented and unfair way in which Democrats have conducted this impeachment process – lying, leaking, and misleading the American people to advance their political agenda.

As we noted last week in our column “What Impeachment Tells Us A Democrat-Controlled America Would Look Like” Americans should take the impeachment of President Trump as a strong indicator of what justice in America will look like if Democrats ever regain control of our government and make sure that never ever happens.

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