, 15 tweets, 8 min read
1 The current #Ukrainian #ambassador Bill Taylor called #Democratic #Presidential Candidate and former Vice President Joe #Biden a
“MAN Of INTRGRITY,” he had issues w/accepting the job due 2 @RudyGiuliani involvement.

Let’s review the secret #ImpeachmentHoax @realDonaldTrump
2 #HouseIntelligenceCommittee Chairman & #DeepState hack #AdamSchiff wasn’t able 2 get the former top envoy Ukraine Kurt Volker to admit 2 a #QuidProQuo no matter how many leading questions #Schiff asked. Ex-UkraineEnvoyTestifiedHeWas"Never Asked2DoAnything"He ThoughtWasWrong”
3 The exchange between #Schiff and #Volker leaked to the Washington Examiner & published Wed Oct 6 2019 re: the quid pro quo shows the extent to which Schiff was willing to go to get the answer he wanted & was unsuccessful bc he was basically asking the witness to lie.
4 Volker made 2 things clear. First, the #Ukrainian s weren’t aware that the #Trump #Administration had put military aid on hold at the time of President Trump’s call w/Ukrainian President #Zelensky on July 25 & wasn’t aware that Trump did not discuss the #Biden s during the call
5 #Schiff said, “Part of the other context is vital military support is being withheld from the Ukraine during this period, right?”

Volker responded.“That was not part of the context at the time. At least to my knowledge, they [Ukrainian leaders] were not aware of that.”
6 Volker said, “The first time Ukrainian leaders became aware of withholding aid was when we all did”on Aug. 28 by a Politico piece. The first conversation I had was when diplomat adviser 2 President Zelensky, Vadym Prystaiko texted me a copy of the Politico article”
7 Volker continued to say, “So I had had many conversations with him in the months prior to that,” he said, “and this did not come up from him to me, which makes me believe that this was not on his radar until that time when he saw the article.”
8 Schiff pushed the quid pro quo anew by asking if Volker thought “no president of the United States should ever ask a foreign leader to help intervene in a U.S. election.”

“I agree with that,” Volker responded.
9 Schiff said. “And that would be particularly egregious if it was done in the context of withholding foreign assistance?”

“We’re getting now into, you know, a conflation of these things that I didn’t think was actually there,” Volker said.
10 Schiff continued 2 press Volker “if it’s inappropriate 4 a president 2 seek foreign help in a U.S. election, it would be doubly so if a president was doing that at a time when the US was withholding military support from the country.”

VolkerResponded.
“ICan’tReallySpeak2That”
11 Schiff said. “Why can’t you speak 2 that, ambassador? You’re a career diplomat. You can understand the enormous leverage that a president would have while withholding military support from an ally at war w/Russia.You can understand just how significant that would be, correct?”
12 Volker replied, “I can understand that that would be significant,”

Schiff said, “And when that suspension of aid became known to that country, 2 Ukraine, it would be all the more weighty 2 consider what the president had asked of them, wouldn’t it?”
13 Shifty #Schiff continuing to get Volker to admit there was pressure brought to bear on the Ukrainians.

At some point the defense would have stood up and said, “Objection, your honor the counsel is leading the witness.”
14 “So again, congressman, I don’t believe –” Volker said, wanting to answer.

“It’s a pretty straightforward question,” Schiff said.

“But I don’t believe the Ukrainians were aware that the assistance was being held” Volker replied
15 They became aware of it,” Schiff said.

“They became aware later, but I don’t believe they were aware at the time, so there was no leverage implied,” Volker responded.

Schiff eventually would give up and accuse Volker of being deliberately obstinate.
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