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Opening Statement–House Intelligence Committee Hearing
"Thank you gentlemen.I want to congratulate the Democrats on the roll out of their latest operation warfare against the President and their extraordinary ability to once again enlist the mainstream media in their campaign.
This operation began with media reports from the prime instigators of the Russia collusion hoax,that a whistle blower's claiming President Trump made a nefarious promise to a foreign leader–the released transcript of that call has already debunked that central assertion.But that didn't matter–the Democrats simply moved the goal post,and began claiming that there doesn't need to be a quid pro quo for this conversation to serve as the basis for impeaching the president.
Speaker Pelosi went further when asked earlier if she would put brakes on impeachment if the transcript turned out to be benign.She responded,quote,"so there you go…if the whistle blower operation doesn't work out,the Democrats and the media…we have candidates",quote,"we have many candidates for impeachable offences"–that was her quote.So there you go,if the whistle blower operation doesn't work out,the democrats and their media assets can always drum up something else.
And what other information has come to light since the original false report of a promise being made,we've learned the following:
•The complaint relied on hearsay evidence provided by the whistle blower.
•The Inspector General did not know the contents of the phone call at issue.
•The Inspector General found the whistle blower displayed arguable political bias against Trump.
•The Department of Justice investigated the complaint and determined no action was warranted.
•The Ukrainian President denies being pressured by President Trump.
So,once again,this supposed scandal ends up being nothing like what we were told;and once again,the Democrats,their media mouthpieces,and a cabal of leakers,are ginning up a fake story with no regard to the monumental damage they're causing to our public institutions and to trust in government–and without acknowledging all false stories they propagated in the past–including countless allegations that Trump campaign colluded with Russia to hack the 2016 election.We're supposed to forget about all those stories,but believe this one.
In short,what we have with this story line is another Steele dossier.I'll note here,that in the Democrats mania to overturn the 2016 elections,everything they touch gets hopelessly politicized.With the Russia hoax,it was our intelligence agencies which were turned into a political weapon to attack the president,and now today,the whistle blower process is the casualty.
Until about a week ago,the need to protect that process was a primary bipartisan concern of this committee,but if the Democrats were really concerned with defending that process,they would have pursued this matter with a quiet,sober inquiry as we do for all whistle blowers.But that would have been useless for them.They don't want answers,they want a public spectacle,and so we've been treated to an unending parade of press releases,press conferences,and fake news stories.
This hearing itself is another example.Whistle blower inquiry should not be held in public at all as our Senate counterparts,both Democrats and Republicans obviously understand,their hearing with Mr.McGuire is behind closed doors.But again,that only makes sense when your goal is to get information,not to create a media frenzy.
The current hysteria has something else in common with the Russia hoax.Back then,they accused the Trump campaign of colluding with the Russians,when the Democrats themselves,were colluding with the Russians,and preparing the Steele dossier.
Today,they accused the president of pressuring Ukrainians to take actions that would help himself or hurt his political opponents,and yet there are numerous examples of Democrats doing the exact same thing.
Joe Biden bragged that he extorted the Ukrainians into firing a prosecutor who happened to be investigating Biden's own son.Three Democratic senators wrote a letter pressuring the Ukrainian general prosecutor to re-open the investigation into former Trump campaign officials.Another Democratic senator went to Ukraine and pressured the Ukrainian president not to investigate corruption allegations on involving Joe Biden's son.
According to Ukrainian officials,the Democratic National Committee contractor,Alexandra Chalupa,tried to get Ukrainian officials to provide dirt on Trump associates and tried to get the former Ukrainian President to comment publicly on alleged ties to Russia.Ukrainian official Serhiy Leshenko,was a source for Nelly Orr,wife of Department of Justice official,Bruce Orr,as she worked on the Trump anti-operation conducted by Fusion GPS and funded by the Democrats.And of course,Democrats on this very committee,negotiated with people who they thought were Ukrainians,in order to obtain nude pictures of Trump.
据乌克兰官员称，民主党全国委员会承包商亚历山德拉·查鲁帕(Alexandra Chalupa)试图让乌克兰官员提供特朗普助手的丑闻，并试图让这位前乌克兰总统公开评论所谓的与俄罗斯的关系。乌克兰官员谢尔盖·莱申科(Serhiy Leshenko)是司法部官员布鲁斯·奥尔(Bruce Orr)的妻子内莉·奥尔(Nelly Orr)的消息来源之一。奥尔参与了 Fusion GPS 开展的、由民主党资助的反特朗普行动。当然，这个委员会中的民主党人，为了得到特朗普的裸照，与他们认为是乌克兰人的人进行了谈判。
People can reasonably ask why the Democrats are so determined impeach this president when in just a year,they'll have a chance.In fact,one Democratic congressman-one of the first to call for Trump's impeachment–gave us the answer when he said,quote,"I'm concerned that if we don't impeach the president,he will get re-elected."
Winning elections is hard and when you compete,you have no guarantee you'll win,but the American people do have a say in this,and they made their voices heard in the last presidential election.This latest gambit by the Democrats to overturn the people's mandate is unhinged and dangerous.They should end the entire dishonest protest spectacle and get back to work to solving problems–which is what every member of this committee was sent here to do.
Judging by today's charade,the chances of that happening anytime soon,are zero to none."
"I yield back."