The Democrats began their “formal impeachment inquiry” on the word of an anonymous whistleblower who believed that President Trump was inappropriately negotiating with the President of Ukraine back in July.
That story has since blossomed as witness after witness defies the White House to testify on Capitol Hill regarding the supposed improprieties. Furthermore, with a vote today to approve the impeachment “resolution”, Congress will soon be bringing even more witnesses forward and many of them will be speaking directly to the American people via public hearings.
But not every witness on parade will condemn or tarnish the President, as Tim Morrison demonstrated today.
“I want to be clear, I was not concerned that anything illegal was discussed,” he said in a prepared statement to Congress obtained by The Daily Beast.
After the call between Zelensky and Trump took place, Morrison directed that the transcript of it be put on a secret White House server. He said that the memo the White House released about the call is, to the best of his memory, complete and thorough. Another witness, NSC official Alex Vindman, suggested that noteworthy parts of the conversation were missing from the White House’s memo.
Those dual statements from Morrison may prove to be a setback for Democrats who have argued that the call amounted to an impeachable offense since it involved the president demanding an exchange of a political favor for military aid.
Morrison, who served as the senior director for European affairs on the National Security Council until his resignation on Wednesday, says he had a different recollection of events than what Ambassador Bill Taylor described in his Oct. 22 testimony—including an episode that appeared to indicate the high expectations that Trump and his team had for Zelensky’s commitment to investigating the Bidens.
Given just how broad of a brush the Democrats have given themselves with their latest impeachment escalation, we could expect to see a pivot from the progressives in the coming days; away from Ukraine and the July 25th call, and into the procedural impedance being doled out by the President.
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