in the vicinityVideoRep. John Ratcliffe on Democrats, ” impeachment inquiry: you can not be a quid pro quo any quo
No prosecution witness provided testimony that the Ukrainians were aware that the U.S. aid was held back, says Texas Congressman John Ratcliffe, Republican member of the House Intelligence Committee.
President Trump and his allies in Congress back before the damaging revelations of a diplomat, Bill Taylor Tuesday testimony, in the Ukraine-envoy said, the administration linked U.S. military aid, a call for politically-related investigations in Kiev – namely, the witnesses also confirmed that after questioning, the Ukraine, initially in the dark to the aid holdup.is pushed
Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, claimed that these counter claims of a “quid pro quo.”
DIPLOMAT BILL TAYLOR TESTIFIES TRUMP USED, OF THE UKRAINE, WE MEET AS A LEVER FOR PROBES
“At the end of the day, this was to be quid pro quo, and whether or not the Ukrainians were aware that the military assistance withheld, and the most important issue. Neither this witness or any other witness has provided any evidence that it was a quid pro quo, or any evidence that the Ukrainians were aware that the military aid was withheld, on July 25,” Ratcliffe said, referring to “The story” Tuesday night to demand that the absent testimony to speak to that point,” a quid pro quo is a legal impossibility.”
“You can’t be a quid pro quo any quo.”
Rep. John Ratcliffe
He was referring to the now-famous call on July 25 between Trump and Ukrainian presidents Vladimir Zelensky, while the trump pushed for the investigations in the 2016 election interference-and Biden-the family of stores in the country, especially Hunter the role on the board of a natural gas company Burisma Holdings, Biden.
A source familiar with the testimony confirmed to Fox News that during the hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday, Taylor said, the Ukrainians did not realize at the time of the call on the hold on U.S. military aid.
“The mainstream media coverage that he provided proof of a quid pro quo with military aid is wrong — I asked him directly,” said Ratcliffe, said on Tuesday. “I can’t tell you what he said … but I can’t tell you what he has to say — neither he nor any other witness provided testimony provided, that the Ukrainians were aware that the military aid was held back.”
He added: “You can’t be a quid pro quo any quo.”
The President echoed Ratcliffe’s comments on Twitter early Wednesday, a quote from his appearance on Fox News.
“Where’s the whistleblower? The Do Nothing Dems case is DEAD!” Trump tweeted.
However, Taylor did testify that he was, said the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, top-Ukrainian aide Andriy Yermak weeks later, that “security assistance money would not come to follow up President Zelensky is involved, the Burisma investigation.”
Taylor testified that he learned of the Sondland-Yermak conversation during a call with the National security Council aide, Tim Morrison.
“I was scared of what Mr. Morrison told me of the Sondland-Yermak conversation,” Taylor says. “That was the first time that I had not heard that the security assistance will only be taken by the White house — was conditioned on the investigation.”
So, according to Taylor’s statement, the government of the Ukraine was finally informed that the reason for the aid delay.
On the same day, Taylor said, he sent Sondland a SMS ask message, whether it’s safety, help, and a White house meeting, “are conditioned on investigations,” at the request Sondland on request Taylor to call him.
“During this call, ambassadors Sondland told me that President Trump had told him that he will explain President Zelenskyy want to publicly that Ukrain investigate Burisma and alleged Ukrainian interference in the 2016 US election,” Taylor says.
“Until the middle of July, it was always clear to me that the meeting, President Zelensky wanted to do was conditioned to say to the investigation of Burisma and alleged Ukrainian interference in the US elections of 2016,” Taylor out.
During this trump card was always that he was not looking for a “quid pro quo.”
Taylor ‘ s testimony, though, has fueled democratic criticism in the midst of the impeachment inquiry started in the house last month on revelations about Trump the phone with Zelensky.
Trump took the heat for the pressure on the Ukrainian President, the Biden to launch an investigation of former Vice-President Joe and his son, Biden Hunter the shops in Ukraine — about hunter’s role in the Board of Directors of Burisma Holdings, and Joe Biden, the contract for the printing of the former Ukrainian President to fire a top Prosecutor who was investigating the company. A whistleblower who was first broadcast, the allegations claimed Trump was wrong to investigate bring in foreign aid, to influence the political opponents of the election in 2020 in the end.
In the heart of the debate today is whether the US was military aid is directly tied to these requirements.
The President, the request came after millions in US have been frozen aid to Ukraine. But the White house and the President’s allies have denied a quid pro quo – although the acting White house chief of staff Mick Mulvaney recently appeared say something else, before it have maintained walking back – and the three-piece, they had “nothing wrong”.
Democrats Taylor called the testimony of the most damaging yet.
“The testimony is very disturbing,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-NY Rep., Dean Phillips, D-Minn., used the same word. Asked why, he said, “Because it’s becoming clearer and clearer.”
But top Republicans cited Ratcliffe ‘ s a great moment question in the consultation undermine Taylor’s argument.
“In 90 seconds, we had John Ratcliffe destroy Taylor’s whole argument,” house GOP leader Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday in an interview on Tuesday on “The Ingraham angle.”
REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS ‘DESTROYED’ PROSECUTION’S REQUEST FOR WITNESS ARGUMENT: MCCARTHY
House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes, D-Calif., echoed the mood.
“The truth is, in two minutes, John Ratcliffe this witness destroyed,” Nunes said on “Hannity.” “There is no quid pro quo.”
And Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N. C., said that reports of Taylor’s statement is exaggerated “laughable and not tell the whole story.”
“Still no sign of quid pro quo. Much of the testimony and hearsay statements not to say keep, against any real control. The FULL transcript should immediately tweeted to be released,” meadows.
Meanwhile, Taylor described the existence of an “irregular” communication channel with the Ukraine-led by trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, and a “strange combination of promotion, confusing and ultimately worrying circumstances”, once he arrived in Kiev. The statement confirmed previous coverage of Taylor’s remarks from Fox News.
Fox News, Gregg Re, Chad Pergram, Mike Emanuel, Alex Pappas, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.