Well, it’s no wonder that Rep. Adam Schiff and the Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee wanted to conduct their interviews behind closed doors. According to new accounts of Schiff’s questioning of former U.S. representative to Ukraine, Kurt Volker, they are doing everything in those interviews short of waterboarding to get Trump administration officials to tell them what they want to hear. Warning to anyone thinking of actually complying with this illegitimate impeachment inquiry: Democrats like Schiff will grow apoplectic if you don’t help them get their way.
“Democrat House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff reportedly pressed U.S. special representative to Ukraine Kurt Volker in a secret meeting on October 3 to say that President Donald Trump pressured Ukrainian officials to investigate former Vice President and current Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden,” reports the Washington Examiner.
Schiff, who likes to fancy that President Trump runs this country like John Gotti ran the Gambino Family, is pressuring witnesses and intimidating them so that they’ll say what he wants them to say; i.e. that Trump offered Ukraine some kind of quid pro quo for a Biden investigation. This smells of desperation and reeks of a witch hunt. Which, of course, is exactly what this is.
From the Examiner’s report of the testimony:
[Schiff] asked Volker whether he would agree that “no President of the United States should ever ask a foreign leader to help intervene in a U.S. election.”
“I agree with that,” said Volker.
“And that would be particularly egregious if it was done in the context of withholding foreign assistance?” Schiff continued.
Volker balked. “We’re getting now into, you know, a conflation of these things that I didn’t think was actually there.”
Schiff wanted Volker to agree that “if it’s inappropriate for a president to seek foreign help in a U.S. election, it would be doubly so if a president was doing that at a time when the United States was withholding military support from the country.”
Again, Volker did not agree. “I can’t really speak to that,” he said. “My understanding of the security assistance issue is — ”
Schiff interrupted. “Why can’t you speak to that, ambassador? You’re a career diplomat. You can understand the enormous leverage that a president would have while withholding military support from an ally at war with Russia. You can understand just how significant that would be, correct?”
But Volker held his ground, refusing to give Schiff the soundbite he needed to make his case for impeachment. He noted that while aid to Ukraine was held up, it had nothing to do with the Bidens and the Ukrainians weren’t even aware that it was being held up when Trump had his phone call with Zelensky. Which, unlike what Schiff and his goons would like us to believe, is the truth of the matter.
This illegitimate and unconstitutional “impeachment inquiry” is only furthering the damage done to our democracy by the Russian witch hunt. Our country MUST relieve itself of these cretins – or at least knock them out of power – in the next election.