Trump mocked the witnesses of Dems after GOP accused them of not & # 39; untouchable & # 39; to find violations
Donald Trump beat the first two witnesses on Thursday to participate in public hearings as part of the investigation of charges after they could not say if there was an & # 39; unassailable crime & # 39; was in his telephone conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart.
The president weighed directly on Twitter after he made general public comments on Wednesday and cited and reposted various sentiments to his account during the hearing.
& # 39; @RepRatcliffe asked the two & # 39; star & # 39; witnesses, & # 39; where is the unassailable event in that call? & # 39; Both stared straight ahead with an empty look on their faces, remained silent and could not answer the question. That would be the end of a business run by normal people! – but not Shifty! & # 39; Trump tweeted Thursday morning.
He refers directly to a moment in the hearing in which Republican representative John Ratcliffe asked the two witnesses, former US ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor and assistant assistant secretary for European and Eurasian affairs George Kent, to point out the inviolable breach in the call.
Donald Trump claimed Thursday morning that the & # 39; star witnesses & # 39; of the Democrats of the investigation into deposition could not point to an unassailable crime from his call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky
Trump referred to the question of the Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe & # 39; s (photo) where he pushed the witnesses to point out the inviolable violation of the call, which was the event that caused Democrats to start the investigation.
Former US ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor (right) and deputy assistant secretary for European and Eurasian affairs George Kent (left) remain silent in response to Ratcliffe's question. But Taylor said it wasn't their job to point to or determine if there was an unassailable crime
The telephone conversation of 25 July, which was made public in September by an anonymous whistleblower, led to the investigation of House allegations after Democrats claiming that the President had set up a consideration with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky of military assistant in exchange for Kiev that started an investigation into Kiev Joe Biden.
When it was Ratcliffe's turn to interrogate Kent and Taylor, he asked the two diplomats an open question: & In this hearing today, where we accuse presidents of betrayal or bribery or other high crimes, where is the inviolable? crime in that call? Are you here today to claim that there was an unassailable crime in that call? & # 39;
When neither Kent nor Taylor were able to answer and, instead, respond silently, Ratcliffe pushed.
& # 39; Shout it out! Everyone? & # 39; asked the Texas Congressman.
Taylor tried to weigh his reason for witnessing, but couldn't get a word from Ratcliffe talking about him. Finally, Adam Schiff, chairman of the intelligence committee, suspended time and allowed Taylor to speak.
Taylor said that he and Kent were not there to determine whether there was an unassailable crime or to recommend removal.
Ratcliffe was one of the most aggressive GOP legislators during the hearing. He said that if Democrats would say that Trump committed an unassailable crime, she would be a foreign leader a & # 39; liar & # 39; should mention.
Zelensky has taken the side of the president by claiming that no pressure was put on him to open an investigation into the Bidens.
& # 39; I would much rather focus on peace in the Middle East, & # 39; Trump said when asked about the hearing. The president said he did not want to make the investigation into the focus of the day and instead wanted to talk about his meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday
Several individuals with regard to or with knowledge of the conversation and policies of Trump in Ukraine have testified behind closed doors before the three committees conducted the investigation of allegations in recent weeks. But Capitol Hill's testimony on Wednesday was the first public hearing of the accusation investigation.
Trump was quieter than normal, both in public and on social media with regard to the first open hearing.
When he was asked about his opinion on this during a joint press conference with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday afternoon, Trump insisted that he did not want to draw attention to it.
& # 39; I would much rather focus on peace in the Middle East, & # 39; he said to a right-leaning reporter.
Trump said he had not heard the witch hunt because he met the Turkish leader in the White House – who was met with Kurdish demonstrators and their supporters across the street.
& # 39; This is a sham and should not be allowed. It was a situation caused by people who should not have let it happen, & said Trump during the joint press briefing.
& # 39; I want to know who the whistleblower is, because the whistleblower has given a lot of incorrect information, including my call to the President of Ukraine, which was a perfect call and very appropriate, & # 39; he went on.
Taylor (left) and Kent (right) appeared on Capitol Hill Wednesday and the first two witnesses who testify publicly as part of the investigation into deposition against Donald Trump. They testified and answered questions from lawmakers and lawyers for more than 5 hours
Trump said he might release a transcript of a second, earlier call to Zelensky in the summer on Thursday.
In Trump's call to Zelensky, he urged his Ukrainian counterpart, according to the transcript, to investigate political rival and former vice-president Joe Biden and his son's business activities there – especially in connection with Hunter & # 39; s previous position on the board of Burisma Holdings, a natural gas company in the country.
The next public witness is the former US ambassador to Marie Yovanovitch, Ukraine, who will appear on Capitol Hill on Friday. She already testified in a closed meeting with lawmakers about her time as an ambassador and her premature reminder of her three-year position in Ukraine.
Democrats announced that eight witnesses will be interviewed during public hearings next week.
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