As we mentioned a couple of nights ago, Rep. Lee Zeldin made the observation that “quid pro quo” had suddenly disappeared from the Democrats’ lexicon, and the new word of the day was “extortion.” The memo must have gone out because Democrats hit all the cable news programs that same day arguing that they had enough to charge President Trump with extortion and bribery.
That seemed to be a sign that Democrats had upped their game, but were they just bluffing? During Wednesday’s hearing, Rep. John Ratcliffe reminded Acting Amb. William Taylor of the many, many times Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky recalled the phone call in question and said there was no pressure put on him.
“The Ukrainian President stood in front of a world press and repeatedly, consistently, over and over again, interview after interview, said he had no knowledge of military aid being withheld, meaning no quid pro quo."@RepRatcliffe destroys dem arguments. pic.twitter.com/Xg7tPnTJ1I
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 13, 2019
I find it crazy that Schiff implies that the Ukraine president Z was lying when he shared(with reporters) he felt no pressure from the US, implying that if he said he was pressured, that would’ve had consequences. Ds rely on LOTS of what ifs to make this thing make sense.
— Worn Standard (@wornstandard) November 13, 2019
Im sure they will claim he was forced to say that or it was scripted by trump. Facts dont matter to the dems unless it benefits them
— Me Again (@jynxed32) November 13, 2019
As Twitchy reported, at least one Washington Post political reporter floated the idea that even if Zelensky did feel pressured or blackmailed, his pride wouldn’t let him admit it. So who are you going to believe? Zelensky, or a mind-reading journalist?
So they are effectively saying the Ukranian President is lying? Nice international relations Dims.
— MaxHammer (@MaxHammer2018) November 13, 2019
— I'm Done With The d's 🇺🇸⭐⭐⭐ (@Jerryv247365) November 13, 2019
BEFORE he knew the funding was held up by Trump.
Complete facts only, no spin.
— Blackbird singin' in the dead of night (@EbbieRules) November 13, 2019
How is THIS their star witness!? #ImpeachmentHearing
— Crissy Bruscino ††† (@Crissy_Beee) November 13, 2019
@realDonaldTrump WHY IS THIS GUY YOUR ACTING AMBASSADOR????
— Ajdx4 (@Ajdx4Sdesq) November 13, 2019
They seem to believe that Mr. Ambassador knows more about what Ukrainian president thinks than Ukrainian president himself.
— Qing (@qwangubc12) November 13, 2019
If any American, House of Representative or Senator hears that and still tries to believe there was quid pro quo than they are lying to themselves and are nothing but a Trump hater. Period.
— Ryan (@krashafamily) November 13, 2019
Mic drop for sure Rep. Radcliff. 👏👏👏
— 🇺🇸Patty H. 🇺🇸🇮🇱❌ (@pattypooh19) November 13, 2019
Getting better and better for us! Love Rep. Ratcliffe 🇺🇸
— Lydia Chiriac (@Lydiaanca) November 13, 2019
Democrats give me hope that ANYONE can be an attorney.
— Chauch (@I_ThankQ) November 13, 2019
‘Ah, journalism’! WaPo reporter resorts to mind reading to show why Ukraine’s president might be lying about Trump https://t.co/UwTGReW8jv
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) November 13, 2019