Adam Schiff’s Opening Statement Reveals Democrats Have Nothing On Trump

You’ve been warned. The always “shifty” Adam Schiff once again delivered opening remarks about the impeachment sham, and every day is more frustrating than the last.

This was all I needed to hear of this bullshit hearing. pic.twitter.com/6wHzLxyLBP — The “Dirty” Truth (@AKA_RealDirty) November 20, 2019

From the get-go, Schiff lays out the idea that this impeachment inquiry is because Trump had asked Ukraine for dirt on Joe Biden to hurt Biden’s campaign. The entire premise of this impeachment effort stems from the idea that President Trump would need help to defeat Biden. They don’t even consider the POSSIBILITY that Biden, Ukraine, and Burisma (owned by a Ukrainian oligarch, which I’m told is a bad thing, but only when Trump is involved) are corrupt.

Yes, Schiff is running with the narrative that President Trump was trying to hurt Biden’s campaign, but not once has he said how that information could be used to hurt Biden. After all, Democrats maintain that Biden did nothing wrong. If Biden did nothing wrong, why would Schiff and fellow democrats be so concerned with what COULD be found?

Anyway, Adam Schiff’s opening statement is so unbelievably stupid, I have a tough time believing it was real. There’s video of it, sure, but this whole thing seems like theatre. There’s no way these people can be serious when they are saying that President Trump is somehow a Russian agent seeking help from Ukraine… The logic is, difficult to understand…

This little line sticks out as just a blatant falsehood. Shciff said that Trump demanded:

PRESIDENT ZELENSKY MUST PERSONALLY ANNOUNCE THAT HE WOULD OPEN THE INVESTIGATIONS. SONDLAND TOLD TAYLOR THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS A BUSINESSMAN, WHEN A BUSINESSMAN IS ABOUT TO SIGN A CHECK, HE SAID THE BUSINESSMAN ASKS THAT PERSON TO PAY UP BEFORE SIGNING THE CHECK. THE CHECK REFERRED TO HERE WAS THE U.S. MILITARY ASSISTANCE TO UKRAINE AND UKRAINE HAD TO PAY UP WITH INVESTIGATIONS.

Here’s the thing… We sent them the money… So, does that mean there IS an investigation? Again, we sent the money, so Schiff’s notion that “well, they had to open an investigation to get the money” rhetoric is a lie, unless Schiff can prove that there is an open investigation into Burisma currently going on.

I cannot state this enough: WE SENT UKRAINE THE MONEY SCHIFF IS SAYING WE WERE HOLDING UP!

Here are his full remarks. I like to play a fun game of “count the lies”. I’m up to 43. How many can you find?

Schiff:


I RECOGNIZE MYSELF TO GIVE AN OPENING STATEMENT. THIS MORNING WE WILL HEAR FROM GORDON SONDLAND, THE AMERICAN AMBASSADOR TO THE EUROPEAN UNION. WE ARE HERE TODAY AS PART OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY BECAUSE PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SOUGHT TO CONDITION MILITARY ASSISTANCE TO UKRAINE IN EXCHANGE FOR POLITICALLY MOTIVATED INVESTIGATIONS THAT TRUMP BELIEVED WOULD HELP HIS RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN.
THE FIRST INVESTIGATION WAS OF A DISCREDITED CONSPIRACY THEORY THAT UKRAINE, NOT RUSSIA, WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR INTERFERING IN THE 2016 ELECTION. THE SECOND INVESTIGATION THAT TRUMP DEMANDED WAS INTO A POLITICAL RIVAL THAT HE FEARED MOST, JOE BIDEN. TRUMP SOUGHT TO WEAKEN BIDEN AND TO REFUTE THE FACT THAT HIS OWN ELECTION CAMPAIGN IN 2016 HAD BEEN HELPED BY A RUSSIAN HACKING AND DUMPING OPERATION AND RUSSIAN SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN DIRECTED BY VLADIMIR PUTIN TO HELP TRUMP.
TRUMP’S SCHEME UNDERMINED SUPPORT FOR A KEY ALLY. TRUMP PUT HIS PERSONAL AND POLITICAL INTERESTS ABOVE THOSE OF THE UNITED STATES. AS AMBASSADOR SONDLAND WILL TELL CAREER FOREIGN OFFICER DAVID HOLMES AFTER SPEAKING WITH THE PRESIDENT, TRUMP DID NOT GIVE A EXPLETIVE ABOUT UKRAINE. HE CARES ABOUT BIG STUFF THAT BENEFITS HIM, LIKE THE BIDEN INVESTIGATION THAT RUDY GIULIANI WAS PUSHING.
AMBASSADOR SONDLAND WAS A SKILLED DEALMAKER BUT IN TRYING TO SATISFY A DIRECTIVE FROM THE PRESIDENT, FOUND HIMSELF INCREASING EMBROILED IN AN EFFORT TO PRESS THE NEW UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT THAT DEVIATED SHARPLY FROM THE NORM IN BOTH POLICY AND PROCESS. IN FEBRUARY, AMBASSADOR SONDLAND TRAVELED TO UKRAINE. WHILE IN KYIV HE MEET WITH MARIA VON YOVANOVITCH. ON APRIL 21st ZELENSKY WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE AND SPOKE TO PRESIDENT TRUMP WHO CONGRATULATED HIM AND SAID HE WOULD LOOK INTO ATTENDING ZELENSKY’S INAUGURATION BUT PLEDGED TO SEND SOMEONE AT A VERY, VERY HIGH LEVEL. BETWEEN THE TIME OF THAT CALL AND THE INAUGURAL ON MAY 20, TRUMP’S ATTITUDE TOWARDS UKRAINE HARDENED.
ON MAY 13th, THE PRESIDENT ORDERED VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE NOT TO ATTEND ZELENSKY’S INAUGURATION OPTING TO DISMATCH THE THREE AMIGOS, ENERGY SECRETARY RICK PERRY, AMBASSADOR SONDLAND, AND AMBASSADOR CURT AS A RULE VOLKER. PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS BRIEFED ON THEIR FIRST INTERACTIONS WITH THE NEW UKRAINIAN ADMINISTRATION. THEY URGED THE PRESIDENT TO MEET WITH ZELENSKY BUT THE PRESIDENT’S REACTION WAS DECIDEDLY HOSTILE.
THE PRESIDENT’S ORDER WAS CLEAR HOWEVER. TALK WITH RUDY. DURING THIS MEETING AMBASSADOR SONDLAND FIRST BECAME OF WHAT GIULIANI AND THE PRESIDENT WERE REALLY INTERESTED IN. THIS WHOLE THING WAS SORT OF A CON CONTINUUM HE TESTIFIED AT HIS DEPOSITION STARTING AT THE MAY 23rd MEETING, ENDING UP WHEN THE TRANSCRIPT OF THE CALL CAME OUT.
IT WAS A CONTINUUM HE WOULD EXPLAIN THAT BECAME MORE INSIDIOUS OVER TIME. THE THREE AMIGOS WERE DISAPPOINTED WITH TRUMP’S DIRECTIVE TO DISENGAGE RUDY GIULIANI BUT PRESSED HEAD. THEY COULD ABANDON THE MEETING OR WE COULD DO AS PRESIDENT TRUMP DIRECTED, AND TALK TO MR. GIULIANI TO ADDRESS THE PRESIDENT’S CONCERNS. WE CHOSE THE LATTER PATH.
IN THE COMING WEEKS, AMBASSADOR SONDLAND GOT MORE CLEARLY INVOLVED IN UKRAINE POLICYMAKING STARTING WITH THE JUNE 4 EVENT IN BRUSSELS ONE MONTH EARLY. SECRETARY PERRY AND THE STATE DEPARTMENT COUNSELOR AND SONDLAND MET WITH PRESIDENT ZELENSKY WHOM SONDLAND HAD INVITED PERSONALLY ON THE MARGINS OF THE EVENT.
ON JUNE 10th, A CONFERENCE CALL WAS ORGANIZED WITH SONDLAND, JOE BIDEN, VOLKER AND OTHERS. THEY REVIEWED UKRAINE STRATEGY AND DECIDED THAT PERRY, SONDLAND AND VOLKER WOULD ASSIST BILL TAYLOR ON UKRAINE AND DISCUSS TRUMP’S DESIRE FOR RUDY GIULIANI TO BE SOMEHOW INVOLVED. WE ALL FELT VERY COMFORTABLE WITH THE STRATEGY MOVING FORWARD. TWO WEEKS LATER, AMBASSADOR SONDLAND CALLED TAYLOR TO SAY THAT ZELENSKY NEEDED TO MAKE CLEAR TO PRESIDENT TRUMP THAT HE WAS NOT STANDING IN THE WAY OF INVESTIGATIONS.
ON JULY 10th, AMBASSADOR SONDLAND AND OTHER U.S. OFFICIALS MET AT THE WHITE HOUSE WITH A GROUP OF UKRAINIAN OFFICIALS, PARTICIPANTS IN THE MEETING HAVE TOLD US THAT AMBASSADOR SONDLAND INVOKED MIKE MULVANEY AND SAID THAT THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING SOUGHT BY THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT WITH TRUMP WOULD HAPPEN ONLY IF UKRAINE UNDERTOOK CERTAIN INVESTIGATIONS. BOLTON ABRUPTLY ENDED THE MEETING UPON HEARING THIS. SONDLAND BROUGHT THE DELEGATION DOWN STATE DOWNSTAIRS.
ACCORDING TO WITNESSES, UKRAINE NEEDED TO INVESTIGATE THE BIDENS OR BURISMA IF THEY WANTED TO GET A MEETING AT ALL. FOLLOWING THIS MEETING IN JULY, BOLTON SAID THAT HE WOULD NOT BE PART OF WHATEVER DRUG DEAL SONDLAND AND MULVANEY ARE COOKING UP ON THIS. SONDLAND CONTINUED TO PRESS FOR A MEETING BUT HE AND OTHERS WERE WILLING TO SETTLE FOR A PHONE CALL.
ON JULY 21st TAYLOR TEXTED SONDLAND THAT PRESIDENT ZELENSKY IS SENSITIVE ABOUT UKRAINE BEING TAKEN SERIOUSLY, NOT MERELY AS AN INSTRUMENT OF WASHINGTON DOMESTIC RE-ELECTION POLITICS. SONDLAND RESPONDED, ABSOLUTELY, BUT WE NEED TO GET THE CONVERSATION STARTED AND THE RELATIONSHIP BUILT IRRESPECTIVE OF THE PRETEXT SO THAT ZELENSKY AND TRUMP COULD MEET AND ALL OF THIS WILL BE FIXED.
ON JULY 25th, THE DAY OF THE TRUMP/ZELENSKY CALL, VOLKER HAD LUNCH IN KYIV WITH A TRUMP OF ZELENSKY AND TEXTED THE AID TO SAY HERD HEARD FROM THE WHITE HOUSE, ASSUMING WE GET TO THE BOTTOM OF WHAT HAPPENED IN 2016, WE WILL NAIL DOWN A DATE FOR A VISIT TO WASHINGTON. GOOD LUCK. AMBASSADOR SONDLAND SPOKE TO PRESIDENT TRUMP A FEW MINUTES BEFORE THE CALL WAS PLACED.
DURING THAT PHONE CALL WITH ZELENSKY, TRUMP RESPONDED TO THE UKRAINIAN EXPRESSION OF APPRECIATION FOR U.S. DEFENSE SUPPORT AND REQUEST TO BUY MORE ANTI-TANK MISSILES BY SAYING I WOULD LIKE YOU TO DO US A FAVOR, THOUGH. TRUMP ASKED ZELENSKY TO INVESTIGATE THE DISCREDITED 2016 CONSPIRACY THEORY AND EVEN MORE OMOUSLY, LOOK INTO THE BIDENS. NEITHER HAD BEEN PART OF THE OFFICIAL PREPARATORY FOR THE CALL. AND PRESIDENT ZELENSKY KNEW IN ADVANCE BECAUSE OF EFFORTS TO MAKE HIM AWARE OF WHAT THE PRESIDENT WAS DEMANDING. AROUND THIS TIME, AMBASSADOR SONDLAND BECAME AWARE OF THE SUSPENSION OF SECURITY ASSISTANCE TO UKRAINE WHICH HAD BEEN ANNOUNCED ON A SECURE VIDEO CONFERENCE ON JULY 18th TELLING US IT WAS EXTREMELY ODD THAT NOBODY INVOLVED IN POLICY TOWARD UKRAINE KNEW WHY THE AID HAD BEEN PUT ON CALL.
SONDLAND PARTICIPATED IN TEXT MESSAGES AND PHONE CALLS AND SAID THE GIST OF EVERY CALL WAS WHAT WAS GOING TO GO IN THE PRESS STATEMENT. IN AUGUST 9 TEXT MESSAGE WITH VOLKER, SONDLAND STATED, I THINK POTUS WANTS THE DELIVERABLE, WHICH WAS A DELIVERABLE PUBLIC STATEMENT THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WANTED TO SEE OR HEAR BEFORE A WHITE HOUSE MEETING COULD HAPPEN. ON SEPTEMBER 1, AMBASSADOR SONDLAND PARTICIPATED IN VICE PRESIDENT PENCE’S MEETING IN WARSAW IN WHICH SECURITY ASSISTANCE WAS RAISED.
SONDLAND APPROACHED THE SENIOR UKRAINIAN OFFICIAL TO TELL HIM THAT HE BELIEVED WHAT COULD HELP THEM MOVE THE AID WAS IF THE UKRAINIAN PROSECUTOR GENERAL WOULD GO TO THE MIC AND ANNOUNCE THAT HE WAS OPENING THE BURISMA INVESTIGATION. SONDLAND TOLD TAYLOR THAT HE HAD MADE A MISTAKE BY TELLING THE UKRAINIANS THAT A MEETING WAS ON BASED ON AN INVESTIGATION.
EVERYTHING WAS DEPENDENT ON SUCH AN ANNOUNCEMENT, INCLUDING SECURITY ASSISTANCE. BUT EVEN THE ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE PROSECUTOR GENERAL WOULD NOT SATISFY THE PRESIDENT. SONDLAND SPOKE TO THE PRESIDENT AND TOLD TIM MORRISON AND BILL TAYLOR ABOUT THE CALL. THE PRESIDENT SAID THAT ALTHOUGH THIS WAS NOT A QUID PRO QUO, IF PRESIDENT ZELENSKY DID NOT CLEAR THINGS UP IN PUBLIC, WE WOULD BE AT A STALEMATE. AN ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE PROSECUTOR GENERAL WOULD NOT BE ENOUGH.
PRESIDENT ZELENSKY MUST PERSONALLY ANNOUNCE THAT HE WOULD OPEN THE INVESTIGATIONS. SONDLAND TOLD TAYLOR THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS A BUSINESSMAN, WHEN A BUSINESSMAN IS ABOUT TO SIGN A CHECK, HE SAID THE BUSINESSMAN ASKS THAT PERSON TO PAY UP BEFORE SIGNING THE CHECK. THE CHECK REFERRED TO HERE WAS THE U.S. MILITARY ASSISTANCE TO UKRAINE AND UKRAINE HAD TO PAY UP WITH INVESTIGATIONS.
THROUGHOUT EARLY SEPTEMBER, VOLKER AND SONDLAND SOUGHT TO CLOSE THE DEAL THAT ZELENSKY WOULD ANNOUNCE INVESTIGATIONS. AFTER THE TEXT, I THINK IT’S CRAZY TO WITH HOLD SECURITY ASSISTANCE WITH HELP FOR A POLITICAL CAMPAIGN. 16 DAYS LATER, THE TRANSCRIPT OF THE JULY 25th CALL WAS MADE PUBLIC AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE LEARNED THE TRUTH OF HOW OUR PRESIDENT TRIED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF A VULNERABLE ALLY.
NOW IT IS UP TO CONGRESS AS THE PEOPLE’S REPRESENTATIVES TO DETERMINE WHAT RESPONSE IS APPROPRIATE. IF THE PRESIDENT ABUSED THIS POWER, IF HE SOUGHT TO CONDITION, COERCE, EXTORT OR BRIBE AN ALLY INTO CONDUCTING INVESTIGATIONS TO AID HIS RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN AND DID SO BY WITH HOLDING OFFICIAL ACTS, A WHITE HOUSE MEETINGS OR HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF AID, IT WOULD BE UP TO US TO DECIDE WHETHER THOSE ACTS ARE COMPATIBLE WITH THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENCY.
FINALLY, I WANT TO SAY A WORD ABOUT THE PRESIDENT AND SECRETARY POMPEO’S OBSTRUCTION OF THIS INVESTIGATION. WE HAVE NOT RECEIVED A SINGLE DOCUMENT FROM THE STATE DEPARTMENT AND AS AMBASSADOR SONDLAND’S OPENING STATEMENT TODAY WILL MAKE CLEAR, THOSE DOCUMENTS BEAR DIRECTLY ON THIS INVESTIGATION AND THIS IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY. I THINK WE KNOW NOW BASED ON A SAMPLE OF THE DOCUMENTS ATTACHED TO AMBASSADOR SONDLAND’S STATEMENT THAT THE KNOWLEDGE OF THIS SCHEME WAS FAR AND WIDE AND INCLUDED SECRETARY OF STATE POMPEO AS WELL AS THE VICE PRESIDENT.
WE CAN SEE WHY SECRETARY POMPEO AND PRESIDENT TRUMP HAVE MADE SUCH A CONCERTED AND ACROSS THE BOARD EFFORT TO OBSTRUCT THIS INVESTIGATION AND THIS IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY. AND I WILL JUST SAY THIS, THEY DO SO AT THEIR OWN PERIL. I REMIND THE PRESIDENT THAT ARTICLE III OF THE IMPEACHMENT ARTICLES DRAFTED AGAINST PRESIDENT NIXON WAS HIS REFUSAL TO OBEY THE SUBPOENAS OF CONGRESS. WITH THAT, I RECOGNIZE RANKING MEMBER NUNEZ FOR ANY REMARKS.

Ukraine got the aid. Ukraine got the aid. Ukraine got the aid.

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