Yesterday afternoon, Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that Democrats would be holding a former impeachment inquiry based on new information about a call between President Trump and Ukraine President Zelensky by a whistleblower, who claimed President Trump threatened to cut off military aid to the Ukraine unless they investigated Joe Biden’s son, Hunter. The unnamed whistleblower has been characterized as politically neutral.
The times have found us. The actions taken to date by the President have seriously violated the Constitution. It is for this reason that the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry. pic.twitter.com/cHq7zgKJ1g
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) September 24, 2019
President Trump responded to the requests to release the transcripts of his call with Ukraine President Zelensky with two tweets:
I am currently at the United Nations representing our Country, but have authorized the release tomorrow of the complete, fully declassified and unredacted transcript of my phone conversation with President Zelensky of Ukraine…
….You will see it was a very friendly and totally appropriate call. No pressure and, unlike Joe Biden and his son, NO quid pro quo! This is nothing more than a continuation of the Greatest and most Destructive Witch Hunt of all time!
Rep. Doug Colllins (R-GA) blasted House Speaker Pelosi, saying her decree of an impeachment inquiry “means absolutely nothing,” reminding everyone that he’s been telling Democrat Rep. Jerry Nadle, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, that claiming an impeachment inquiry doesn’t make it so, until the House votes to authorize such an inquiry that it simply is not happening.
Speaker Pelosi’s decree changes absolutely nothing. As I have been telling Chairman Nadler for weeks, merely claiming the House is conducting an impeachment inquiry doesn’t make it so. Until the full House votes to authorize an inquiry, nobody is conducting a formal inquiry.
— Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) September 24, 2019
Democrats and their allies in the media are using the whistleblower account to accuse President Trump of threatening to cut off military to the Ukraine unless the Ukranian president agreed to prosecute Joe Biden’s son, during a phone call on July 25, 2019.
Andrew P. Bakaj, the lawyer representing the so-called “politically neutral” whistleblower, is a former staffer for Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer and a former Hillary Clinton staffer.
Whistleblower is rep'd by former Schumer and HRC staffer. That's a political football.https://t.co/eInrrLfF7M
— Forum Non (@ForumNon) September 24, 2019
Bakaj, who also worked for the DOJ and FBI, lost his security clearance and was placed on administrative leave.
More info on Bakaj
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) September 24, 2019
And in yet another intersting devlopment, the Washington Examiner reported that the Ukraine whistleblower’s lawyers work for a group that offers to pay officials who leak against Trump.
Rep. Steve Smith tweeted two videos this morning outlining the corrupt dealings of former Vice President Joe Biden with the Ukrainian government and China.
“At issue—was Hunter Biden profiting off his dad’s work as Vice President and did Joe Biden allow it? We’re talking about millions of dollars in at least two countries.”
Joe Biden refuses to answer questions asked by him about the dirty deals.
Independent journalist and Fox News contributor, Sara Carter posted the video of former Vice President Joe Biden bragging about how he used $1 billion in U.S. aide to force Ukraine to fire a prosecutor who was investigating his son’s company, while Barack Obama was still president. The video was taken two years after Joe Biden left office.
In his own words, with video cameras rolling, Biden described how he threatened Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in March 2016 that the Obama administration would pull $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees, sending the former Soviet republic toward insolvency, if it didn’t immediately fire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.
This is What A 'Quid Pro Quo' with #Ukraine looks like:
Please retweet this video so everyone of your friends can watch it.
$1Billion in Aid was held so a prosecutor be fired. #JoeBiden in his own words says that Ukrainians did not believe him…but he said 'Call Barack' pic.twitter.com/WNeQe07HM2
— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) September 25, 2019
This morning, Fox News reports that the White House released a transcript of President Trump’s July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky showing him seeking a review of Biden family dealings in the country – but the document does not show Trump explicitly leveraging military aid as part of a quid-pro-quo, as Democrats have suggested in pressing forward with impeachment.
The document, declassified by Trump a day earlier, indicates the call – which Trump made from the White House residence — took place July 25 from 9:03 a.m. to 9:33 a.m. A notation on the memo says it does not represent a “verbatim transcript” but is based on “notes and recollections” of those listening and memorializing the call. It is still presented in transcript form.
The memo begins with the president congratulating Zelensky on his election victory, before Trump eventually broaches the subject former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
“There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great,” Trump said in the phone call. “Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it…It sounds horrible to me.”
That refers to Joe Biden, while vice president, urging Ukraine to fire its top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, while Shokin was investigating the natural gas firm Burisma Holdings — where Hunter Biden was on the board. Biden has maintained that corruption concerns prompted his intervention.
Trump, in the run-up to the transcript’s release, was accused by Democrats of essentially pressuring a foreign power to investigate a political opponent, as Biden is now a top contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
On Monday, it was reported that Trump had even ordered his staff to freeze nearly $400 million in aid to Ukraine a few days before the phone call with Zelensky, a detail that fueled impeachment calls leading to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announcing a formal impeachment inquiry Tuesday. But the call transcript does not include any mention of the aid, as a bargaining chip or otherwise.
After the transcript was released, President Trump tweeted, ” Will the Democrats apologize after seeing what was said on the call with the Ukrainian President? They should, a perfect call – got them by surprise!
The transcript shows Zelensky suggesting to Trump the Biden matter would be looked into by a new prosecutor. “He or she will look into the situation specifically to the company that you mentioned in this issue, the issue of the investigation of the case is actually the issue to restore the honesty so we will take care of that and we will work on the investigation of the case.”
The president told Zelensky he wanted his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and Attorney General Bill Barr to get involved.
“I will have Mr. Giuliani give you call and I’m also going to have Attorney General Barr call and we will get to the bottom if it. I’m sure you will figure it out,” he said.
Only moments ago, President Trump reminded everyone of the hypocrisy of the media and the Demcoratic Party with a tweet that included a link to a Breitbart article: “Demcorat Party wrote to the Ukranian government in May 2018, urging it to continue investigations into President Donald Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia in the 2016 presidential campaign — collusion later found NOT TO EXIST.”
Before the transcript was released, Democrats accused Trump of improperly using his office to pressure another country to investigate one of his chief Democratic rivals. Trump has denied wrongdoing and has repeatedly referred to the impeachment push as a partisan “witchhunt.”
But the Justice Department – in a new letter from the Office of Legal Counsel obtained by Fox News — is pushing back on the claim that the whistleblower brought out something of “urgent concern” that would have to be turned over to Congress.
“For the reasons set forth above, we conclude that the complaint submitted to the ICIG does not involve an ‘urgent concern’…” It adds: “As a result, the statute does not require that the DNI transmit the complaint to the intelligence committees.”