Holy crap, there's a lot to unpack here. Let's take them one-by-one.Schiff can haul in all the witnesses he wants but these 4 facts say it all:— Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (@GReschenthaler) November 13, 2019
- No quid pro quo in call transcript
- Both leaders said there was no pressure
- Ukraine unaware aid was held
- Ukraine took no action to receive aid
House Democrats need to face facts & end this charade
No quid pro quo in call transcript
Perhaps Guy was looking to give himself some rhetorical wiggle room when he added the "in call transcript" to his tweet. Perhaps since the exact phrase "quid pro quo" is nowhere to be found in the so-called transcript, he thinks he can simply say that there was no quid pro quo in the phone call. The text, however, says otherwise:Both leaders said there was no pressure
President Zelenskyy:...We. are ready to continue to cooperate for the next steps. specifically we are almost. ready to buy more Javelins from the United States for defense purposes.If the representative needs an explanation for the "a favor" part, here's Rolling Stone:
Trump: I would like you to do us a favor though...
Though Trump has repeatedly directed Americans to “READ THE TRANSCRIPT” of his July 25th call with Zelensky, the partial readout of the call released by the White House in September is actually pretty damning. After Zelensky mentions that Ukraine is willing to “cooperate” regarding military aid, Trump says, “I want you to do me a favor though,” before detailing the investigations he wants carried out. The “though” is a pretty explicit indication that the aid in question is contingent upon Ukraine launching the investigations details by the president.
Well, of course Trump would say there was no pressure. But what about Zelensky? Why would he say that there was no pressure?Ukraine unaware aid was held
Well, what would you do if you were at war with a huge military and dependent on another country's huge military to survive?
Ukraine took no action to receive aid
Ukraine only learned that the aid had been on hold with the publication of this Politico piece published in August. The aid was released only after the world learned that it was being held. It doesn't change the fact of the extortion.I'll let another member of the house, Representative Adam Schiff (CA-28) explain:
Some have argued in the President's defense that the aid was ultimately released. That is true. But only after Congress began an investigation; only after the President's lawyers learned of a whistleblower complaint; and only after Members of Congress began asking uncomfortable questions about quid pro quos. A scheme to condition official acts or taxpayer funding to obtain a personal political benefit does not become less odious because it is discovered before it is fully consummated.Guy needs to do his homework better before he tweets.