Schiff's Top Witnesses Are Left Speechless After Ratcliffe Asks What Crime Trump Committed
As the impeachment hearings kicked off on Wednesday, things started with a bang.
It quickly became more apparent that the Democrats don't have much of a case to bring against Trump and the Republicans were able to expose that very easily.
Among those Republicans was Rep. John Ratcliffe. He clearly emerged as one of President Trump's fiercest defenders alongside of Jim Jordan.
According to The Texas Tribune,
Republicans in the House Intelligence committee largely stuck to a strategy of attacking the legitimacy of the impeachment hearing process and the credibility of the two witnesses, William B. Taylor, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine and George Kent, deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs.
Prior to Wednesday's public hearing, several transcripts of the closed-door hearings were released by the House Intelligence Committee. In those hearings, Ratcliffe displayed the same forceful criticism of the impeachment investigation that he did in the hearing on Wednesday.
Many of his Republican colleagues on Wednesday, including fellow Texas Congressman Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Midland, yielded their time for questions to Ratcliffe, allowing him to take the lead in attempting to poke holes in the process.
Rep. Ratcliffe asked both Ambassador Taylor and George Kent, "So in this impeachment hearing today where we impeach presidents for treason or bribery or other high crimes, where is the impeachable offense in that call? Are either of you here today to assert there was an impeachable offense in that call?"
They had nothing to say, nothing. It was complete silence for about 6 seconds.
Neither Taylor or Kent was able to give Rep. Ratcliffe an answer. Obviously, they know there is no impeachable offense which is why they had nothing to say in response to the questions.
Regardless, we know that after the hearings, there will be a vote on whether or not to proceed with impeachment. Of course, the crooked House is going to pass it and it will end up in the Senate and it will be there they'll expose the bogus story for what it is.