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Witnesses With No First-Hand Knowledge and the Trump Impeachment Hearing Charade

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Witnesses With No First-Hand Knowledge and the Trump Impeachment Hearing Charade

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On November 13th, the first day of impeachment hearings against US President Donald Trump took place.

And it appeared more of a victory for the Republicans and Donald Trump, rather than the “damning picture” CNN and other MSM are attempting to claim the hearing painted.

A key takeaway from the entire hearing was that the Democrats “star witness” on the entire situation was William B. Taylor Jr., US ambassador to Ukraine.

The witness appears to have no first-hand knowledge, and has never met with Trump, his lawyer Rudy Giuliani, with Mick Mulvaney.

One of the most significant quotes from Taylor is this, in which he confirms that he is only repeating what he has heard:

“What I can do here for you today is tell you what I heard from people.”

Taylor essentially said that he “was told” that Trump was more concerned with investigating Joe Biden, than with Ukraine itself.

Taylor said that a member of his staff overheard a telephone conversation in which the president mentioned “the investigations” to Gordon D. Sondland, the United States ambassador to the European Union, who told him “that the Ukrainians were ready to move forward.” After the call, the aide asked Sondland what the president thought of Ukraine. According to what Taylor was told, Sondland “responded that President Trump cares more about the investigations of Biden, which Giuliani was pressing for.”

The entire claim by William Taylor is the following, and it contains some questionable claims:

“Last Friday [November 8th], a member of my staff told me of events that occurred on July 26. While Ambassador Volker and I visited the front, this member of my staff accompanied Ambassador Sondland. Ambassador Sondland met with Mr. Yermak.

Following that meeting, in the presence of my staff at a restaurant, Ambassador Sondland called President Trump and told him of his meetings in Kyiv. The member of my staff could hear President Trump on the phone, asking Ambassador Sondland about “the investigations.” Ambassador Sondland told President Trump that the Ukrainians were ready to move forward.

Following the call with President Trump, the member of my staff asked Ambassador Sondland what President Trump thought about Ukraine. Ambassador Sondland responded that President Trump cares more about the investigations of Biden, which Giuliani was pressing for. At the time I gave my deposition on October 22, I was not aware of this information. I am including it here for completeness. As the Committee knows, I reported this information through counsel to the State Department’s Legal Adviser, as well as to counsel for both the Majority and the Minority on the Committee. It is my understanding that the Committee is following up on this matter.”

Essentially, his staff member remembered of a situation close to 4 months ago, exactly when it would be extremely convenient to provide it, with no first-hand knowledge, simply to stir things up and put some fuel into the fire. Similarly to much of the US’ international policy, its internal policy revolves around making claims that need little to no evidence, clearly.

The other witness in the impeachment hearing was US State Department official George P. Kent.

Kent testified that Mr. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, conducted a smear campaign against the United States ambassador to Ukraine and led an effort to “gin up politically motivated investigations.” His opening statement presents that. [pdf]

Kent concluded that mid-August 2019, Rudy Giuliani was attempting to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open investigations into Biden and his son, and that the lawyer’s efforts “were now infecting U.S. engagement with Ukraine, leveraging President Zelensky’s desire for a White House meeting.”

Kent also alleged that there was a smear campaign against US officials in Ukraine and that living proof was the “removal” Marie L. Yovanovitch, the former United States ambassador to Ukraine.

“It was unexpected, and most unfortunate however, to watch some Americans — including those who allied themselves with corrupt Ukrainians in pursuit of private agendas — launch attacks on dedicated public servants advancing U.S. interests in Ukraine. In my opinion, those attacks undermined U.S. and Ukrainian national interests and damaged our critical bilateral relationship.”

The entire impeachment hearing was a sort of charade where all allegations were repeated, with some new ones added to them, substantiated by no evidence at all, as it becomes clear in Taylor’s answer in the video below:

Notably, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik attempted to enter the actual transcript of the July 25th call between US President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky into the record, since, according to the Republicans, Adam Schiff mischaracterized and “lied” to the US people.

He instantly cut off the Congresswoman and refused to acknowledge her claims.

Notably, even Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said “the call was fine,” and accusing a foreign leader of lying is not a simple accusation. And, furthermore, why shouldn’t Zelensky be believed?

Kent, in addition, admitted that Ukraine had a long-standing history of corruption, and as such the US President was skeptical about it and that Trump had a duty to protect US taxpayers’ money.

Additionally, Taylor said that Ukraine was not aware of any withholding of funds, despite Democrats claiming that they were.

It is noteworthy how contradicting the testimonies are, with some later claims directly disproving some of those made earlier.

The entire situation surrounding the impeachment hearing is quite similar to how the US also conducts its foreign policy. Accusations are thrown left and right, far and wide, counterarguments are completely disregarded and evidence is a luxury that is very scarce and not even sought for.

Meanwhile, Trump partook in some good, old fashioned fearmongering, addressing the American people and telling them that the Democrats want to take their freedom, guns, and various other “commodities.”

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