"Just to summarize in this...call between the Presidents of the U.S. & Ukraine, [Trump] demanded a favor of [Zelensky] to conduct investigations that both of you acknowledge were for Trump's political interest, not the national interest...?"— House Foreign Affairs Committee (@HouseForeign) November 19, 2019
Williams: “Yes.” pic.twitter.com/DN9x7sQPCg
Volker testified that narratives about the Bidens and Ukraine electoral interference in 2016 are "conspiracy theories" and "not things we should be pursuing as part of our national security strategy with Ukraine...I don't think pursuing these things serves our national interest." pic.twitter.com/B10FYJa1pO— House Intelligence Committee (@HouseIntel) November 19, 2019
Republicans battling the potential impeachment of President Trump have flitted among a multitude of shifting — and, at times, contradictory — defenses and deflections as they seek to cast doubt on a narrative supported by mounting evidence: that Trump subverted U.S. foreign policy to further his personal aims by pressuring Ukraine to launch politically motivated investigations, using hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid as leverage.While those attacks — at least 22, according to a Washington Post tally — have done little to undermine the core allegations under investigation in the House, they have been remarkably successful in one respect: keeping congressional Republicans united against impeachment as the GOP casts the probe as partisan.
Obama White House officials pushed back forcefully on press secretary Stephanie Grisham’s claim that they left disparaging notes for the incoming administration predicting that “you will fail” and “you aren’t going to make it.”A reporter for CNN tweeted out Grisham’s comments, in which she alleged “every office was filled with Obama books and we had notes left behind that said ‘You will fail,’” and “‘You aren’t going to make it.’” The tweet sparked blowback from prominent members of the Obama administration who quickly denied and contradicted her account.