The impeachment hearings being conducted this morning by Jerrold Nadler were interrupted by one man who was yelling out what many people agree is the truth… “Americans are sick of your impeachment, they’re sick of the Democrat treason.”
This morning, Breitbart News cataloged updates describing the circus:
12:01 PM: Hearing resumes, and Castor says the evidence does not support the claims Democrats are trying to make about Ukraine. He says there is no clear evidence that Trump “acted with malicious intent.” He says the record is “riddled with hearsay, presumptions, and speculations.” He points to “conflicting and ambiguous” facts throughout the record. He notes that Prof. Turley said last week the record is heavy on presumption and thin on proof. Castor says there are legitimate questions about Burisma and the Bidens and Democrats should not dismiss them. Castor says Burisma brought Hunter Biden on its board as part of a “broad effort” to bring in well-connected Democrats at a time when they were facing investigations by Obama administration officials. Castor says at the time Hunter Biden joined the board, Joe Biden was the Obama administration’s point person re: Ukraine. Castor points out even the Washington Post said it was nepotism at best and malicious at worst. Castor also notes that election interference is not binary. He says both Russia and Ukraine can interfere and emphasizes that there were Ukrainian officials who were against Trump’s candidacy.
Steve Castor: “The evidence in the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry does not support the conclusion that Pres. Trump abused his power for his own personal, political benefit. There is simply no clear evidence that Pres. Trump acted with malicious intent.” https://t.co/vmXd0rtVSF pic.twitter.com/ylgsawKHaD
— ABC News (@ABC) December 9, 2019
11:45 AM: Committee should come back from recess at any moment. Castor is up next.
For the next 45 minutes, watch Steve Castor talk about facts and the other 97 percent of the story House Democrats and their allies in the media desperately don’t want you to know about.
— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) December 9, 2019
Ranking Member Doug Collins recieved this letter from Chairman Jerry Nadler today denying his request for subpoenas to the 8 Republican requested witnesses pic.twitter.com/CipYcpklwb
— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) December 9, 2019
11:15 AM: Goldman, trying to make the case that Trump has engaged in a pattern of behavior, says the phone call with the president of Ukraine was neither the first nor last time Trump tried to strong-arm Ukraine. He later quotes Ambassador Sondland’s testimony that “everyone was in the loop.” Goldman says the facts about the Biden investigation didn’t matter to Trump because he only wanted the political benefit from an investigation announcement.
10:55 AM: Goldman claims that Trump presents a “clear and present danger” the national security and the country’s free and fair elections. Goldman hammering the point that Putin benefits from the “baseless conspiracy theory” that Ukraine interfered in the 2020 elections.
Gohmert apparently fed up and having none of it:
Gohmert shakes his head, huffs and leaves the hearing room after Goldman talks about Giuliani efforts last week in Ukraine. “President Trump’s continuing effort … is a clear and present danger to our national security,” Goldman said as Gohmert walked off
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) December 9, 2019
10:43 AM: Goldman says he is here today because Trump abused the office of the presidency when he directed a “months-long campaign” to solicit foreign help in the 2020 election. He accuses Trump of applying increasing pressure on the president of Ukraine to make a public announcement about a Biden investigation. He also accuses Trump of an unprecedented campaign to obstruct Congress.
Goldman: “President Trump launched an unprecedented campaign of obstruction of Congress.” pic.twitter.com/ERUsZsBgLa
— Samantha Manning (@SamManningNews) December 9, 2019
He, like other Democrats, praises the “courageous public servants”:
Majority counsel Daniel Goldman: “Were it not for courageous public servants doing their duty and honoring their oath to this country and coming forward and testifying, the president’s scheme might still be concealed today.” https://t.co/nPeZz2wMi8 pic.twitter.com/P5aLM16XhM
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) December 9, 2019
10:38 AM: Goldman now up for Dems:
Worth repeating that the counsel for the Democrats on the Intelligence Committee, who will present the case for #impeachment shortly, is a former MSNBC pundit who went “all in” on the Russia hoax and the “pee pee” dossier. #impeachmentinquiry https://t.co/FdnBb52lmM
— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) December 9, 2019
10:29 AM: Castor emphasizes Ukraine’s president has said multiple times that he felt no pressure from Trump to investigate the Bidens in exchange for aid. Castor says that at the time of the July 25th call, senior executives in Ukraine did not even know that aid was paused, so there was no “leveraging play.”
REUSABLE @WholeFoods BAG:
— Howard Mortman (@HowardMortman) December 9, 2019
Chairman Schiff dumped THOUSANDS of pages of documents on @JudiciaryGOP less than 48 hours before today’s impeachment hearing. Just another example of the unfair treatment @realDonaldTrump has received throughout this partisan witch hunt. pic.twitter.com/ZXOvH3acQV
— Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (@GReschenthaler) December 9, 2019
10:17 AM: Castor says Democrats focused on “obstruction of justice” after their Russia collusion narrative fizzled and didn’t move the impeachment needle. He says investigations take time and there is no “easy button” and accuses Democrats of blocking all sorts of information and not seeking information that would make the process fairer. Castor says Democrats have refused to negotiate in good faith with the Trump administration about witnesses/documents. Castor repeats Prof. Turley’s remarks about how this impeachment process could set a dangerous precedent. Castor says this process relies on ambiguous facts and presumptions and speculation.
Minority counsel Steve Castor: “The artificial and arbitrary political deadline by which Democrats are determined to finish impeachment by Christmas leads to a rushed process and missed opportunities to obtain relevant information.” https://t.co/sK0NFGsYI6 pic.twitter.com/Rwaves86ma
— ABC News (@ABC) December 9, 2019
10:12 AM: Castor emphatically states that Trump’s actions do not show he committed high crimes and misdemeanors. He says to impeach a president that 63 million people voted for due to eight lines in a transcript is baloney. Castor points out all of the instances in which Democrats wanted to impeach Trump dating back years (Green, Tlaib, et al.). He says the “obsession” with impeaching Trump is reflecting in how the the House committees have used their subpoena power. He says Democrats subpoenaed Michael Cohen and demanded Trump’s personal tax returns. He says they also wanted Trump’s bank records going back ten years that would cover every withdrawal and credit card swipe of every member of Trump’s family, including his minor child.
Castor: “The record in the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry does NOT show that President Trump abused the power of his office or obstructed Congress.”
“To impeach a President, who 63 million people voted for, over 8 lines in a call transcript is BALONEY.” pic.twitter.com/yiWrFiEOaa
— Mark Bednar (@MarkBednar) December 9, 2019
10:07 AM: Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) says Berke’s remarks should be stricken from the record because they are “unparliamentary” because he was talking about Trump’s motives and characters and saying Trump is “disloyal” to America. Roll call vote on motion to table. It will, of course, pass along partisan lines.
9:50 AM: Berke spending his time rehashing all of the same arguments re: Trump/Ukraine about why Trump abused his power and engaged in a “quid pro quo.” Berke says none of Trump’s excuses “hold water” and have been refuted by testimony. Berke says they have not heard from all of the witnesses/seen all of the documents because Trump has obstructed the investigation. He says Trump is “replaying” the playbook from the Mueller investigation. Berke says because of the “true American patriots” who “told the story” and produced documents, they found out Trump abused his power and put his reelection interests above the country’s. “No one is above the law,” Berke says. “Not even the president.”
“The scheme by Pres. Trump was so brazen, so clear…This is a big deal.”
Majority counsel Barry Berke argues Trump committed high crimes and misdemeanors, laying out case for abuse of power, betrayal of the national interest and corruption of elections. https://t.co/QkOJE5Jq14 pic.twitter.com/joEPLYXtnq
— ABC News (@ABC) December 9, 2019
Berke says there is an “urgency” because Trump’s actions deal with an election that is coming up in the next year.
Berke again plays Trump’s Article II remarks to hammer him on the “abuse of power” theme and rehashing talking points from the left that have been said over and over again for the last couple of weeks.
9:35 AM: Berke (majority) and Castor (minority) get 30 minutes apiece now.
Berke dramatically says his son asked him if a president has to be a good person. He says he told his son that it is not a requirement that a president be a good person but the Constitution made clear that the “president be a person who does not abuse his power.” Berke says what is extraordinary is that Trump’s conduct violated everything the founders were concerned about. He says the “evidence is overwhelming” that Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate a “political rival.” He says it’s hard to imagine that “anybody could dispute” that Trump’s actions are not impeachable offenses. He says Trump’s actions are impeachable offenses that threaten our rule of law and threaten our institutions and republic. Berke says Trump’s excuses “do not make sense” and keeps repeating that Trump put his own interests above the nation’s.
Majority counsel Barry Berke says his young son once asked him whether the president has to be a good person.
— ABC News (@ABC) December 9, 2019
House Dems’ counsel Barry Berke counsel trying to simplify this as ABC. pic.twitter.com/iGfFjCGRxk
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) December 9, 2019
9:30 AM: Biggs keeps raising a point of order about the lack of a minority hearing day.
Rep. Andy Biggs: “I insist on my point of order unless you are willing to immediately schedule a minority hearing day.”
— The Hill (@thehill) December 9, 2019
9:20 AM: Collins now ready to give his opening statement. Collins says this will be known as the “focus group impeachment” because “we don’t have a crime” and “nobody understands what the majority is trying to do.” Collins says the “focus group impeachment” takes words and asks people how we can use them to impeach Trump. Collins again hitting his “clock and the calendar” theme. Collins said Pelosi took “the thrill out of the room” when she instructed Democrats last week to write the articles of impeachment. Collins says the motive for the “sham impeachment” is Democrats lost to Trump in 2016 and don’t want him to win in 2020 under a booming economy. He accuses Democrats of forcing a fact-pattern against a president they don’t like. He says the “entire case is built on a presumption.” Collins also notes that Schiff, the Chair of the Intelligence Committee, is absent today and accuses him of making up a “fairy tale” when reading the Ukraine phone call transcript. Collins calls it “massive malpractice” and says Democrats don’t even care what’s in the transcript or the fact that the aid was released to Ukraine. Collins again points out the committee is not hearing from any fact witnesses. Collins says the institution that he loves is in danger with committees being used as rubber stamps. Collins said Pelosi ordered Democrats to write the articles of impeachment after one day of hearings–“facts be damned.”
Where is Adam Schiff? He said he was acting like a Special Counsel/Ken Starr.
Big difference, though.
Starr testified under oath to the committee. Chairman Nadler is protecting Mr. Schiff, who will not appear to testify under oath.
Why is Mr. Schiff hiding from our committee?
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) December 9, 2019
9:11 AM: Nadler begins his opening statement accusing Trump of betraying his oath of office by placing his interests above the country’s. Nadler says his oath compels him to “come to the defense of the nation” even if it may cost him his job or is inconvenient. He says the framers warned “us against would-be monarchs, fake populists, and charismatic demagogues.” He says the framers knew the biggest threat could come within via an executive who puts his interests ahead of the country’s. He accuses Trump of putting himself before the country. Nadler keeps coughing. Nadler also claims that impeachment is a “serious” and “solemn” undertaking. Nadler hilariously claims that every claim the whistleblower made has been proven true. Nadler defensively claims that the House is speedily moving forward with impeachment because “the integrity of our next election is at stake”–“nothing could be more urgent.” He says Trump’s conduct represents a “continuing risk to the country.”
Protester removed from #ImpeachmentHearing
— CSPAN (@cspan) December 9, 2019
NEW: Pro-Trump protester disrupts impeachment hearing, is escorted out by Capitol Police: pic.twitter.com/vuEFv7BVHB
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) December 9, 2019
Today’s judiciary committee impeachment hearing’s off to a rocky start, as a protester interrupts Nadler’s opening statement by repeatedly screaming, “Americans are sick of your impeachment, they’re sick of the Democrat treason.” #ImpeachmentHearing
— Chris Sommerfeldt (@C_Sommerfeldt) December 9, 2019
9:08 AM: Nadler begins the hearing after noting quorum is present. Nadler now being heckled by a protester who is escorted out of the committee room.
A bit of the behind the scenes view as we ramp up for today’s hearing. The GOP poster shop is in full swing. Today’s offering: pic.twitter.com/lpoWMDXelN
— Brandi Buchman (@BBuchman_CNS) December 9, 2019
8:45 AM: After the Intelligence Committee counsels (Berry Berke, majority; Stephen Castor, minority) and the Judiciary Committee counsels (Daniel Goldman, majority; Castor, minority) make their presentations, Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) will get 45 minutes of questioning followed by Ranking Member Rep. Doug Collins (D-GA), who will also get 45 minutes. Then, like the last hearing, each of the Committee Members will get five minutes of questioning.
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) December 9, 2019
Chairman Nadler has no choice but to postpone Monday’s hearing in the wake of a last-minute document transmission that shows just how far Democrats have gone to pervert basic fairness.https://t.co/iGBGrgFAYq
Schiff and Nadler have lied their way through this bogus impeachment sham.
No quid pro quo.
No Ukrainian felt pressured.
Aid flowed with no investigation.
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) December 9, 2019
.@cspan in the impeachment hearing room this morning. The first two rows on left side reserved for members of Congress. First row on the right reserved for Judiciary Committee staff. About 100 seats reserved for public. Watch @cspan @cspanradio & .org pic.twitter.com/nhzKCnVhEO
— Greta Brawner (@gretabrawner) December 9, 2019