91 minutes after President Trump’s July 25 call:
Michael Duffey sent an email ordering military assistance to Ukraine be withheld.
If there was ever an argument that we need Duffey and others to testify & we need the documents we requested—this is it.
This email is explosive.
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Re: Democrats Push an “Explosive” Email About the Ukrainian
Republicans ratcheted up their accusations that Democrats are overplaying their impeachment hand after court filings from the House Judiciary Committee indicated the two articles of impeachment adopted last week may only be the beginning.
GOP lawmakers already were fuming at Speaker Nancy Pelosi over her surprise decision to delay transmitting the articles to the Senate in a bid to extract favorable terms for President Trump's trial. But in the latest twist, the Democrat-led Judiciary panel referenced the possibility of yet additional impeachment articles in briefs filed Monday related to their quest for testimony from former White House Counsel Don McGahn and secret grand jury material from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
If the court allows them to obtain the information they seek, their attorney wrote, "new articles of impeachment" could be considered based on the evidence. GOP lawmakers reacted with stunned disbelief.
"Democrats are treating impeachment as an open bar tab," Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., tweeted Monday afternoon. "Time to cut them off, take their car keys away (put GOP in control of the House), and end this insanity."
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., who sits on the House Judiciary Committee that filed the briefs, reacted by saying, "You've got to be kidding."
He added: "It’s gone from the Kangaroo Court Impeachment... ...to the Keystone Cops Impeachment(s).. Will Pelosi send the Articles from the last Impeachment before drafting the next ones?!"
The notion of new articles of impeachment was floated as the committee justified their need to have McGahn testify and acquire Mueller's secret grand jury information. Previously, they had argued that their ongoing impeachment investigation presented an urgent need for both -- but with the House already voting to impeach Trump, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals gave them until Monday afternoon to explain why the case was still relevant and should not be dismissed as moot.
"If this material reveals new evidence supporting the conclusion that President Trump committed impeachable offenses that are not covered by the Articles adopted by the House, the Committee will proceed accordingly--including, if necessary, by considering whether to recommend new articles of impeachment," committee attorney Douglas Letter wrote in the grand jury material case.
Letter used nearly identical language pertaining to McGahn's testimony in his brief in that case.
Trump last week was impeached on accusations of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, related to his efforts to pressure Ukraine to launch politically beneficial investigations, all while withholding military aid (though Trump has maintained there was no "quid pro quo").
The latest filings did not detail what potential additional articles could be considered. Regardless, the briefs stated that even if McGahn’s testimony or the grand jury material do not lead to new articles of impeachment, they could be used in an upcoming Senate trial in relation to the obstruction of Congress allegations that Trump is currently facing.
Democrats Push an “Explosive” Email About the Ukrainian
Democrats Push an “Explosive” Email About the Ukrainian Aid Hold, It Actually Contradicts Their Narrative
Posted at 1:30 pm on December 23, 2019 by Bonchie
Chuck Schumer, among other Democrats are pushing an “explosive” email that supposedly backs up the idea that Trump held up the Ukrainian aid as part of some quid pro quo. It doesn’t matter that there’s ample evidence the President never presented any kind of exchange for aid to Ukrainian President Zelensky or that no such arrangement ever surfaced later. The narrative must reign and Democrats will push absolutely anything, having confidence the media will treat even the most mundane revelation as a “bombshell.” It’s the Mueller investigation all over again.
Here’s the email in question. See if you notice anything in its contents.
This email is so “explosive” that it completely contradicts the Democrat narrative.
Notice what it actually says. In the second sentence, Duffey says the hold is temporary and will not interfere with the execution of the final policy direction. What that means is that this hold was never meant to go past the legal date by which the aid was supposed to be released. This was not an email laying out a nefarious plan to go around Congress and break the law. It was a ho-hum advisement of a completely legal, brief pause.
There is nothing new here. We already knew that the administration wanted to hold the aid temporarily until they got reassurances about Zelensky as the new leader of Ukraine. There’s nothing improper about that, nor was it improper for the President to have concerns about corruption within the country, including involving Hunter Biden. The Democrats still lack evidence of any intent to do anything impeachable here, much less an actual impeachable act itself.
Schumer and Pelosi are grasping at straws. Mitch McConnell has outflanked them and left them so flustered that they are left executing an idiotic plan of not even putting the President on trial in the Senate. It’s like a prosecutor telling someone they aren’t going to charge them if they don’t agree to plead guilty. It makes no sense at all.
Republicans should scoff at their demands and tell them to go whine to CNN.