Rep Jim Jordan Slams Adam Schiff On Blocking Gordon Sondland As Key Witness Based On Anonymous Whistleblower
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[Rep Jim Jordan Slams Adam Schiff On Blocking Gordon Sondland As Key Witness Based On Anonymous Whistleblower]
[Adam Bennett Schiff:] Source: LYBIO.NET
Good morning. We were informed about an hour-and-a-half ago that – by the attorney for Ambassador Sondland that the State Department would refuse to allow him to testify today. This was after conversations well into yesterday afternoon and evening with the State Department legal adviser, in which there was no indication that the ambassador would be a no-show.
Not only is the Congress being deprived of his testimony, the American people are being deprived of his testimony today. But we are also aware that the ambassador has text messages or e-mails on a personal device which have been provided to the State Department, although we have requested those from the ambassador, and the State Department is withholding those messages as well. Those messages are also deeply relevant to this investigation and the impeachment inquiry.
[Adam Schiff:] Source: LYBIO.NET
And I want to just explain for the public the significance of this witness and the significance of the decision evidently by the secretary of state and president or president or both to withhold this key witness’ testimony today.
We know from the text messages that Ambassador Sondland was in discussion with Ukrainian counterparts, with fellow diplomatic personnel and the president, as well as at least one U.S. senator, about the course of events that we’re investigating. We know from those text messages that diplomatic personnel raised the concern with him that military assistance was being withheld to secure help from Ukraine in the president’s re-election campaign.
We know that Ambassador Sondland had at least one discussion with a fellow diplomat on that very subject of why military assistance was being withheld. We know Ambassador Sondland was a key player in efforts to obtain a commitment from Ukraine to investigate a bogus conspiracy theory about the 2016 election, as well as Joe Biden and his son.
And we know that the ambassador has relevant evidence on whether the meeting with the president that the Ukrainians desperately sought with President Trump was being conditioned on these investigations that the president believed would help his re-election campaign.
It is hard to overstate the significance of not just Ambassador Sondland’s testimony and the documents, but the testimony of others as well.
The failure to produce this witness, the failure to produce these documents, we consider yet additional strong evidence of obstruction of the constitutional functions of Congress, a co-equal branch of government.
[James Daniel Jordan:] Source: LYBIO.net
We understand the reason why the State Department decided not to have Ambassador Sondland appear today. I mean, you – it’s based on the unfair and partisan process that Mr. Schiff has been running.
You think about what the Democrats are trying to do, impeach the president of the United States. 13 months prior to an election, based on an anonymous whistleblower with no firsthand knowledge who has a bias against the president. And the guy running the process, Chairman Schiff, didn’t even tell us that he had met with the whistleblower prior to the whistleblower filing the complaint. Adam Schiff didn’t tell us that the way he treated Ambassador Sondland last week in this – excuse me, Ambassador Volker in this interview last week, that’s – that treatment is the reason why the administration, the State Department said, we’re not going to subject Ambassador Sondland to the same treatment.
And, look, we were actually looking forward to hearing from Ambassador Sondland. We thought he was going to reinforce exactly what Ambassador Volker told us last week. But, again, unfortunately, when you have a speaker of the House who says, we need to strike while the iron is hot, when you have a chairman of the committee who is so biased against this president that he wouldn’t even tell us that he had met with – his staff had met with the whistleblower prior to the whistleblower filing the complaint.
[Jim Jordan:] Source: LYBIO.net
And, frankly, this is a pattern with Mr. Schiff. He did the same thing, if you remember, the first big hearing the Democrats did this Congress, Michael Cohen. He didn’t tell us that his staff had met with Mr. Cohen for hours prior to Mr. Cohen testifying. He didn’t tell us last summer he had met with Mr. Simpson out in Colorado, palling around with the guy from Fusion GPS. So this is a pattern.
Like I said, we were hoping to hear from the ambassador today, but we understand exactly why the administration, exactly why the State Department has chosen to say, look, if it’s going to be this kind of process, if you’re going to selectively leak text messages, 67 pages of text messages we had, and they take a handful and release to all of you, and not give the full context and not release the transcript, we understand why they made this – this decision at this – at this moment.
[Rep Jim Jordan:]
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