Ratcliffe reveals details from closed-door impeachment hearings

Ratcliffe reveals details from closed-door impeachment hearings


WHAT HE HAS TO SAY ABOUT THAT. TONIGHT, REPORTS THAT THE CLOSED-DOOR TESTIMONY OF OUR TOP DIPLOMAT IN UKRAINE, SOME OF THE PEOPLE IN THE HEARING ROOM. DEMOCRATS SAY THAT TESTIMONY REPRESENT THE MOST MAY HAVE HEARD.>>THIS IS MY MOST DISTURBING DAY IN CONGRESS SO FAR.>>USEFUL INFORMATION THAT CAN BE USED TO CORROBORATE THAT WE HAVE HEARD IT FROM THE PRESIDENT’S OWN CONFESSION, A CONFESSION COSIGNED BY MICK MULVANEY.>>Martha: HERE IS WHAT TROUBLED THEM, THE TESTIMONY THAT HE WAS TOLD EVERYTHING DEPENDED ON IT UKRAINE ANNOUNCING INVESTIGATION INTO THE BIDENS AND THE 2016 ELECTION. ANY CLAIM THAT THERE WERE “WEIRD AND ALARMING SECONDARY DIPLOMATIC CHANNELS INVOLVING RICK PERRY AND RUDY GIULIANI.” JOHN RADCLIFFE SITS ON THAT HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, HE WAS ONE OF THE QUESTIONERS IN THE ROOM AND HE JOINS ME NOW. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WHEN YOU READ THROUGH THIS TESTIMONY, THERE ARE THINGS THAT ARE EYEBROW RAISING, PRESIDENT TRUMP DID INSIST THAT PRESIDENT ZELENSKY GO TO A MICROPHONE AND SAY HE’S OPENING INVESTIGATION OF BIDEN AND THAT ZELENSKY WOULD WANT TO DO IT HIMSELF. IF THERE ARE COUPLE WAYS TO LOOK AT IT, HOW DO YOU LOOK AT IT?>>I READ THE TESTIMONY AND HIS OPENING STATEMENT AND THERE WERE THINGS THAT PROVIDED GREATER DETAIL THAN WE HAVE SEEN BEFORE FROM SOME OTHER CAREER DIPLOMATS. AT THE END OF THE DAY, THIS WAS ABOUT QUID PRO QUO AND WHETHER OR NOT THE UKRAINIANS WERE AWARE THAT MILITARY AID WAS BEING WITHHELD AND ON THAT MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE, NEITHER THIS WITNESS NOR ANY OTHER WITNESS HAS PROVIDED ANY EVIDENCE THAT THERE WAS A QUID PRO QUO, ANY EVIDENCE THAT THE UKRAINIANS WERE AWARE THAT MILITARY AID WAS BEING WITHHELD ON JULY 25TH. UNLESS AND UNTIL THEY BRING IN A WITNESS WHO IS WILLING TO SAY THAT THERE WAS KNOWLEDGE BY SOMEONE THAT SPEAKS UKRAINIAN TO THAT FACT, A QUID PRO QUO IS LEGALLY IMPOSSIBLE.>>Martha: YOU HEARD THE DEMOCRATS WALK OUT, OBVIOUSLY THEY HAD A VERY DIFFERENT TAKE ON IT, THEY FELT THEY HAVE THAT QUID PRO QUO. MY QUESTION IS POLITICALLY WHAT HAPPENS? IT FEELS AS THOUGH THERE WAS A BIG PUSH TO GET THIS DONE VERY QUICKLY, NANCY PELOSI KEPT SAYING SHE WANTED TO MOVE FORWARD QUICKLY. IS THAT YOUR TAKE ON IT?>>IT CHANGES EVERY DAY. WE DON’T KNOW BECAUSE THEY HAVEN’T MADE UP THEIR MIND. THIS IS ADAM SCHIFF CHANGING THE RULES LITERALLY DAY-TO-DAY BASED ON WHAT’S HAPPENING. WE DON’T KNOW WITNESSES THAT ARE BEING CALLED AND WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO BE FOCUSING ON. IT DEPENDS ON WHAT THEY HEAR. THIS IS AN ABUSE OF POWER. THIS IS US FINDING OUT WHEN WE WALK IN THE DOOR WITH THE RULES OF THE DAY ARE GOING TO BE FOR THAT PARTICULAR WITNESS. IT’S UNFAIR FOR ALL OF US WHO ARE TRYING TO OUR CONSTITUENTS AND IND IN THIS PROCESS, THAT’S WHY IT SHOULD BE CONDUCTED IN THE OPEN, NOT A SECRET GRAND JURY WERE ADAM SCHIFF WHO IS IN ADAM SCHIFF WHO IS AN ADAM SCHIFF WHO IS A MATERIAL WITNESS GETS TO MAKE UP THE RULES AS THEY GO, IT’S UNFORTUNATE.>>Martha: YOU WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO THE WHISTLE-BLOWER, TELL US WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO KNOW.>>WHY DON’T WE KNOW WHEN THE PERSON WHO ULTIMATELY BECAME A WHISTLE-BLOWER FIRST WENT TO CHAIRMAN SCHIFF — DID THEY TALK ABOUT UKRAINE, TALK ABOUT MILITARY AID, WHERE THEY REFERRED TO A LAWYER?>>Martha: THEY SAY THEY WERE, THEY SAID THEY DIDN’T TALK TO ADAM SCHIFF PERSONALLY AND THEY WERE REFERRED TO A WHISTLE-BLOWER?>>WHO SAYS THAT?>>Martha: SCHIFF’S OFFICE SAID THAT.>>THEY ALSO SAID THEY HAD NO CONTACT WITH THE WHISTLE-BLOWER INITIALLY. THE ONLY WAY THEY CAN GET THAT TESTIMONY ACCURATELY IS UNDER OATH FROM EITHER MEMBERS OF HIS STAFF OR THE WHISTLE-BLOWER AND HE WON’T BRING THOSE WITNESSES FORWARD. HE KEEPS TROTTING AND CAREER AMBASSADORS WHO ARE ALARMED AT DONALD TRUMP’S UNCONVENTIONAL APPROACH TO FOREIGN POLICY. WHO’S SURPRISED AT THAT? AMBASSADOR TAYLOR, I FOUND HIM TO BE VERY FORTHRIGHT, STRONG OPINIONS ABOUT DONALD TRUMP’S APPROACH TO FOREIGN POLICY, BUT AGAIN THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA REPORTING THAT HE PROVIDED EVIDENCE OF A QUID PRO QUO INVOLVING MILITARY AID IS FALSE. I QUESTION HIM DIRECTLY ON THAT AND UNDER ADAM SCHIFF’S RULES, I CAN’T TELL YOU WHAT HE SAID BUT I CAN TELL YOU WHAT HE DIDN’T SAY AND NEITHER HE NOR ANY OTHER WITNESS HAS PROVIDED TESTIMONY THAT THE UKRAINIANS WERE AWARE THAT MILITARY AID WAS BEING WITHHELD. YOU CAN’T HAVE A QUID PRO QUO WITH NO QUO.>>Martha: THEY SAID THEY DIDN’T FEEL PRESSURED AND WHEN YOU ADD TO THAT THAT THEY DIDN’T KNOW THE MILITARY AID HAD A PAUSE ON IT, IT MAKES IT DIFFICULT TO JUDGE THEIR BEHAVIOR AFTER THAT AS BEING SOMETHING THAT THEY WERE PUSHED OR THREATENED INTO DOING.>>IF THIS WERE A COURT CASE, THE LAWYERS FOR A DEFENSE WOULD BE MOVING FOR A DIRECTED VERDICT. IF THEY WOULD SAY THIS CASE ISN’T ALLOWED TO GO TO THE JURY BECAUSE THE PROSECUTION IS MISSING AN ESSENTIAL ELEMENT OF THEIR CASE. THERE IS NO QUID PRO QUO UNTIL SOMEONE FROM UKRAINE SAYS WE KNEW THAT MILITARY AID WAS BEING WITHHELD DURING THAT JULY 25TH CALL AND THAT TESTIMONY HASN’T COME AND IS NOT COMING. THIS IS ANOTHER IN THE LATEST OF FRAME JOBS OF THE PRESIDENT. IF THEY TRIED TO FRAME HIM FOR BEING A RUSSIAN AGENT AND FAILED, THEY TRY TO FRAME HIM FOR OBSTRUCTING JUSTICE, USING A LEGAL STANDARD THAT HAD NEVER BEEN APPLIED TO ANYONE ELSE AND FAILED AND NOW THEY ARE TRYING TO FRAME HIM FOR A QUID PRO QUO INVOLVING MILITARY AID WHERE NO UKRAINIAN WAS AWARE THAT MILITARY AID WAS BEING WITHHELD.>>Martha: I FIND IT VERY INTERESTING BECAUSE THERE IS MOVEMENT AND WHETHER OR NOT THAT’S MEANINGFUL AT THIS POINT WE DON’T KNOW. IT’S INTERESTING SWING STATE POLLS, I WONDER IF THE PROCESS IS STARTING TO HURT THEIR CASE

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100 thoughts on “Ratcliffe reveals details from closed-door impeachment hearings”

  • there is no whistle blower, cause Adam Schiff is the whistle blower. this has been set up for months prior when they changed the first hand knowledge to second hand. this is a coup, nothing more.

  • Except in Bill Taylor's published testimony, there is this line.

    "Ambassador Sondland told Mr. Yermak (Ukraine Presidents personal assistant) that security assistance money would not come until President Zelenskyy committed to pursue the Burisma investigation "

    That sure sounds like an impeachment witness confirming that the Ukrainians were aware that U.S. aid was being withheld.

    Why are Ratcliffe and Nunes lying to you?

  • Forget about quid pro quo! It is UNLAWFUL for the president to ask a foreign country to investigate his political opponent, even in his sweetest voice. I am yet to hear those GOPs talk about the unlawful things trump did. All they talk about is process, process, process behind closed doors! The question is, Is it lawful for trump to ask a foreign country to investigate his political opponent?

  • Anybody pickup on them saying 2016 era elections? Trump has all the right in the world to question the happenings of the Democrats during this time. They are hiding wrong doing. Plain and simple.

  • Ukraine had been checking on biden for a year, already. And no possible quid proquo if no one knew- so that takes away from that being a logical interpretation of what trump said. The main material witness cannot declare themselves the main judge and jury and bailiffs to do all behind closed doors, EXCEPT what he leaks.

  • The GOP makes such a big deal out of Hunter Bidden making 50,000$ at a job in Ukraine. , for a month's work. They ignore the fake Christian Trump paid his hookers $130000 for two minutes work and a non-disclosure agreement. Praise the Donald and pass the ammunition.

  • Why don't a few people take Schiff For Brains behind a building and just kick him in the jewels until he resigns from congress? Time to get tough.

  • Schiff's behavior is not only unfair – it is UNACCEPTABLE. Even if the snitch/whistleblower/ gossipmonger does say his piece, it is still just hearsay. The only proof is the telephone call. Obviously the real witnesses would be the President of the Ukraine, President Trump and the interpreter. Outsiders, and snitches are not people who have a real understanding of the conversation, and probably have ulterior motives.. NOW…ABOUT THE BIDENS.

  • To at @John Coox and other mathematically challenged fellow travelers:  No one will ever need to call you to have a valid Poll.  If a Poll questions 1,000 people for example, there is no question that it has enough people for a statistically valid poll if those people tell the truth about what believe and what they will do.  This means that you would have to be the 1 out of 128,000 who they surveyed.    [ 1,000 /  128,000,000 ] who was chosen.  It is unlikely to ever happen in your lifetime.  For you to understand why it is far less than 1,000 you should take a Statistics Course at a local Community College.  Even if your high school grades were truly dreadful they should let you in as a provisional student.  The problem with the 2016 polling was simply that so many Trump voters were too ashamed to admit to the pollsters that they were voting for Trump.

  • Poor John Radcliffe.  He is such a dreadful example of a mediocre lawyer who went into politics.  Sure SMU has a famous (some say infamous) football team, but as a Law School it's way down at #52, and Radcliffe didn't even graduate with any honors at all.  So he's really not that bright.  Plus, he must just be a desperate liar.  Anyone who graduated from high school could understand this, much less someone who passed even the easiest of Bar Exams.  So here it is:1.  The relevant statute makes it a Felony for Trump and all his minions to merely ask for help from a Foreign Government;2.  No "Quid Pro Quo" is required;3.  Radcliffe is so stupid that he confuses the meaning of "Quid" and "Quo" —  just another dumb Republican trying to act fancy — or as Bobby Jindell has said Republicans = "The Party of Stupid."4.  Even if dummies Trump and Radcliffe were right in their wild and reckless assumption that the Ukrainians did not know about the hold on military aid.  It doesn't matter at all because everyone, even these two Dummies, agree that the Ukrainians knew about the denial of a Presidential Meeting unless the Ukrainians would manufacture dirt on the Bidens after a public announcement of same..5.  Only a bunch of morons would not have been able to figure out that military aid was being held up WHEN IT WAS NOT FORTHCOMING.  The Ukrainians are smarter than that.  And that evidence will come out.

  • GotTreeFiddy 187 says:

    This is as stupid of a reason to impeach a president as when Clinton was impeached for a blowjob. They're pissed off cause Joe Biden looks bad. Biden is dirty and people deserve to know about it. They knew it was going to come out but they thought they would have deniability(They thought they would be able to lie about it for any liberals reading my comment who don't understand it). Lmao Trump took care of their deniability

  • I am not so sure. Everything coming out in the media needs careful screening. It seems this guy should have been replaced as our representative but what it is more of this misreporting??. Lets wait until we really know what Mr. Taylor said. What do you think?

  • If wanting to drain the swamp is a crime – 63 million Americans are guilty of trying to get rid of the piece of sh*t career diplomats who pull in $Millions while going to cocktail parties and f**king each other's wives.

  • This argument already been destroyed and debunked try again . The irony is that the repubs change the rules while doing Benghazi . I thought the repubs was going to lock up Hilary but they couldn't because they wanted to make money off Libya and Syria . So now the rules are pass on to this house . The same with Obama laws Trump could use them to stay in office . But Trump broke several laws . And then Ukraine kept asking delegations about the money and that's how we know Trump lied because the people told Ukraine they can't interfere like that and to not do a press conference on corruption .

  • Donald J. Porter says:

    Dems assume that their voters are "SO IGNORANT" and easily brainwashed, and can be led to support their IDIOCY – Just like their cities and disaster states that they run !

  • Clearly this is at very least an ABUSE OF POWER. I don't have a law degree but I would call what the Democrats are doing is equal to an attack on the law and America.

  • SO THE HELL WHAT IF THEY KNEW OR DID NOT KNOW ANYTHING – IF THEY ARE CORRUPT AND DO NOT WANT TO CLEAN UP THEIR ACT LET THEM GET ZERO AID

  • Kevin O’Brien says:

    White House delayed Ukraine trade decision in August, a signal that U.S. suspension of cooperation extended beyond security funds. Yet more evidence of Corruption.

  • Phyllis Westbury says:

    I have a question for Ambassador Taylor. Your notes suggest you were extremely concerned that Trump withholding aid to Ukraine would jeopardize their safety. Did you have the same concerns when then VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN backed up by President Obama threatened Ukraine they would not get $1.8 BILLION if they didn’t fire Prosecutor Shokin in the next 6 hours?
    You also worked as ambassador to Ukraine-since 2006 and never had concerns over the rampant corruption in that government?

    Were you only concerned when Trump was concerned about if the corruption was maybe still there and was concerned about 2016 election meddling? Why not when BidenObama did and admitted publicly to doing so?

  • Phyllis Westbury says:

    Even if quid pro quo is proved I say GOOD. WE WANT TO KNOW WHETHER OBAMA HILLARY USED UKRAINE TO GET DIRT ON TRUMP. WE WANT TO KNOW ALSO IF UKRAINE US STILL CORRUPT AND WHO IN OUR GOVERNMENT WAS INVOLVED

  • Dems need to make sure they leave time to impeach Trump on charges that he colluded with extraterrestrials from Area 51 to rig the 2016 Presidential elections!

  • Yea this UKRAINE thing is just another ""BIG HOAX"" just like the Stormy Daniels scandal and his tax fraud scandal and his trump foundation scandal and the Russian scandal and his obstruction of justice scandal and the etc. etc. etc .etc etc. etc. LMAO!! lolololl You would have to be a total dumbed down trumptarded trumplican to actually believe trump and worship that evil orange imbecile criminal.

  • Democrats are lying you can’t believe anything SCHIFF says is pathological liar, kept saying he had proofs of TRUMP AND RUSSIA COLLUSION HE SWERVED ON IT FOR MORE THAN 2yrs HE IS MENACE TO AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Carrie Thompson says:

    We don't believe a word out of their mouth, they can thank Shifty Schiff for that. If they're not lying, let us see the transcript Schiff.

  • shifty is the whistleblower and that is why they will never name and allow this fabricated person to testify!!! Demand that the whistleblower testify!!! Shifty is the Whistleblower!!!

  • 47 GOP members sit in on these closed door hearings … where is the outcry from them? only Radcliffe is speaking out? … maybe the GOP should not have approved these secret meeting rules in 2015 during the joke of the Benghazi hearings ….. Karma…

  • The M.O. of the Left is to accuse then punish, skillfully omitting the
    most precious aspect of American Jurisprudence, Due Process.

  • Ratcliffe? Isn't he the guy that lied about his legal career to the White House? He can't even be honest with his President.

  • Who cares about the whistle blower? By his own admission, he had second hand information. Now we have first hand information in sworn testimony that is far superior to the whistle blower's statement.

  • How can anyone judge anything by the polls any longer. Its not possible as long as the MSMedia is owned and operated by THE SWAMP.

  • The "call" was July 25th, the withholding of military aide was 1 month later. There is NO "quid quo pro"! Adam Schiff is FULL OF SCHIFF!!

  • Ugh..satan is super annoying in the last days. "Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.-prov 16:18 kjv

  • investigate Biden first!!!!! His foreign misdeeds is what started this. President Trump has responsibility to Americans to find out if a candidate for President used his influence over a foreign government while he was in office. If he gets away with it, he will do it again. What are the democrats afraid of?

  • Another failure for Democrats.  NO witnesses, NO evidence.  Shiff using Star chamber tactics and denying due process.  They can spew lies to the press who will shout from the roof tops of quid pro quo.  When its all said and done there is an empty sack.  Bring the whistle blower forth Shiff, what do you have to hide?

  • Carmen Gardiner says:

    SEN. RATCLIFFE YOU ARE AMONG A HANDFULL OF MEN WITH INTEGRITY IN THE SENATE. YOU NEED TO BE COURAGEOS, DETERMINE AND A FIGHTER TO DEFEND JUSTICE, OUR RULES AND OUR CONSTITURION. WE NEED TO KNOW THE ACUSSATIONS, CONFRONT WITNESSES, ETC IN OPEN DOORS. JAIL SCHIFF IF HE AMBARRAS US ONE MORE TIME.

  • The democrats have been throwing crap at the wall for over three years tying to get something to stick. One political stunt after another trying to sway the low information voter. All with the help of their friends in the media.

  • How could you trust anything the communist Democrat Congress say. They do not let you see or hear live on tv the hearings. They just let you know what they want you to know. That is how communist countries a run. That is what they want to turn our country into.

  • just about everyone that said that there is corroborating testimony is the same people that said that the President colluded.

  • What the Dims are doing is desperately TRYING to get the attention OFF QUID PRO JOE'S REAL CORRUPTION! I AM SO SICK OF THEIR 💩!

  • Fox needs to.stop talking so much about what our President DIDN'T DO and START talking MORE about what Joe Biden ALLEGEDLY DID! FOX! STOP DOING THE DIMS CORRUPT BIDDING!

  • The whistle blower and Schiff can’t be in the same room at the same time because I believe they are one and the same; Schiff created the whole thing!

  • HOBOtel I go where Im towed says:

    They are destroying their credibility. I dont believe anything that comes from dems or fake news. That is dangerous

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