You know the drill by now…
Contrary to what the media is saying, Day Four of the impeachment hearings—just like all the previous days—provided NO smoking gun.
We have had four days, eight witnesses, and hours of testimony, but still don’t have proof that President Trump himself ordered that aid be withheld until the Ukrainian’s announced publicly that the Biden’s would be investigated.
On Wednesday, Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland testified that he was under the “impression” that President Trump had ordered military aid tied to an investigation of the Bidens.
However, he never heard it directly from the president himself. In fact, the President told him explicitly that there was no “quid pro quo” and that he “didn’t want anything from [Zelinsky].” He just “wanted him to do the right thing.”
Throughout the morning and afternoon rounds of questioning, Sondland lacked specifics and was unable to recall many key details that he should have been able to remember.
The highlight of the day is the exchange between Rep. Mike Turner and Sondland. The media will try to downplay this exchange, but it is important and highlights the holes in Sondland’s testimony.
The following is the highlight of the exchange:
“After you testified, Chairman [Adam] Schiff ran out and gave a press conference and said he gets to impeach the president of the United States because of your testimony and if you pull up CNN today, right now, their banner says ‘Sondland ties Trump to withholding aid,’” Turner said. “Is that your testimony today, Ambassador Sondland? That you have evidence that Donald Trump tied the investigations to the aid? Because I don’t think you’re saying that.”
“I’ve said repeatedly Congressman, I was presuming,” Sondland replied.
“So, no one told you?” Turner fired back. “Giuliani didn’t tell you? Mulvaney didn’t tell you? Pompeo didn’t tell you? Nobody else on this planet told you that Donald Trump was tying aid to these investigations, is that correct?”
“I think I already testified,” Sondland responded.
“No, answer the question,” Turner shot back. “Is it correct? No one on this planet told you that Donald Trump was tying aid to the investigations? Because if your answer is ‘yes,’ then the chairman is wrong and the headline on CNN is wrong.”
As the exchange was taking place, the chyron on CNN stated: “SONDLAND: ‘YES’ THERE WAS QUID PRO QUO IN UKRAINE SCANDAL.”
“No one on this planet told you that President Trump was tying aid to investigations, yes or no?”
“Yes,” Sondland responded.
“So, you really have no testimony today that ties President Trump to a scheme to withhold aid from Ukraine in exchange for these investigations?” Turner pressed.
“Other than my own presumption,” Sondland replied.
“Which is nothing,” Turner fired back.
Score one for Congressman Turner!
That had to sting the Dems.
That undercut their whole narrative for the day.
Sondland is basing his testimony on his personal “presumption.”
That is not good enough evidence to impeach and remove from office the President of the United States.
Turner is right, Sondland had “nothing.”
But will that be enough to finally shut down the impeachment efforts? Only time will tell.
Tune in again tomorrow for another update.