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Democrats Omit Exculpatory Information from Summary of Tim Morrison Transcript

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by Revmitchell, Nov 17, 2019.

  1. Revmitchell

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    But these reports downplay or omit the most important parts of Morrison’s testimony for Trump’s defense:

    • Morrison testified “I was not concerned that anything illegal was discussed” on the July 25 phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, to which he himself listened. That statement does not appear anywhere in the Democrats’ “key excerpts” document. He also testified that he “did not have a view” on whether President Trump’s comments to Zelensky on the phone call were “improper.”
    • Morrison testified that he was afraid that the conversation would leak — not because he thought the president had done anything wrong, as Democrats’ “key excerpts” document implies, but because he knew about what would happen, given “Washington’s polarized environment.” The Democrats’ summary of the document omits this telling exchange between Morrison and chairman Adam Schiff — no doubt, because it damages their case:
    THE CHAIRMAN: Okay. I just wanted to follow up a bit on this.

    One of the concerns, and there may be an overlap between the first two concerns you mentioned about the caII, and if the call became public. First, you said you wene concerned how it would play out in Washington’s polarized environment and, second, how a leak would affect bipartisan suppont for our Ukrainian partners.

    Were those concerns nelated to the fact that the President asked his Ukrainian countenpant to look into on investigate the Bidens?

    MR. MORRISON: No, not specifically.

    THE CHAIRMAN: So you didn’t think that the President of the United States asking his counterpart to conduct an investigation into a potential opponent in the 2020 election might influence bipartisan support in Congress?

    MR. MORRISON: No.

    THE CHAIRMAN: And you weren’t concerned that the President bringing up one of his political opponents in the Presidential election and asking a favor with respect to the DNC server or 2016 theory, you weren’t concerned that those things would cause people to believe that the President was asking his counterpart to conduct an investigation that might influence his reelection campaign?

    MR. MORRISON: No.

    THE CHAIRMAN: That never occurred to you?

    MR. MORRISON: No.

    THE CHAIRMAN: Did you recognize during the — as you listened to the call that if Ukraine were to conduct these investigations, that it would inure to the President’s political interests?

    MR. MORRISON: No.

    • Morrison contradicted Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the Democrats’ star witness in the closed-door hearings, who reported to Morrison directly. Morrison testified that while he admired his subordinate’s patriotism, he was irritated that Vindman failed to report concerns about the call directly to him. He said Vindman never raised concerns that something illegal had happened. He also said he accepted all of Vindman’s proposed edits to the call record, contrary to Vindman’s testimony. And while he did not think that Vindman was a leaker, he testified: “I had concerns that he did not exercise appropriate judgment as to whom he would say what.” He said that Vindman’s sloppy practices were partly the result of his own predecessor at the NSC, Dr. Fiona Hill — another one of the Democrats’ star witnesses, who, like Morrison, is due to testify publicly this week.
    • Morrison testified that other foreign aid being offered by the U.S. at the time was reportedly under review — not just to Ukraine. And he confirmed earlier testimony that the aid being held up did not include the essential Javelin anti-tank missiles, which were being delivered to Ukraine through a separate procurement process.
    • Morrison testified that he had no concerns that President Trump asked President Zelensky, during the July 25 phone call, to meet with his personal attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
    • Morrison kept NSC lawyers informed about what was going on — not because he was concerned Trump had done anything wrong, but because he wanted “to protect the president” from whatever Sondland was doing.
    All of these facts are missing in the Democrats’ “key excerpts.” The Democrats do acknowledge a few exculpatory moments, but downplay them.

    For example, the “key excerpts” document includes Morrison’s testimony that the transcript of the July 25 call was placed on a more secure server by “mistake” — but focuses on the fact that it was not removed from the more secure server after that.

    Morrison also confirmed that the Ukrainians did not know that the aid was being held up until a Politico article appeared on August 28, and he said that Sondland’s side conversation with a Ukrainian official in September was “the first time something like this [investigations] had been injected as a condition on the release of the assistance.” Democrats include that latter quote, but downplay it.

    Similarly, Democrats distorted the testimony of Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence, whose testimony was also released on Saturday. Democrats highlighted the fact that Williams testified that she was told by another aide that Trump told Pence to skip Zelensky’s inauguration in May — though she did not hear that first-hand.

    They quote her as saying the July 25 call “for me shed some light on possible other motivations behind a secunity assistance hold.” But they leave out her saying she “didn’t have any firsthand knowledge as to the reasoning.”


    Democrats Omit Exculpatory Information from Summary of Tim Morrison Transcript | Breitbart
     
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    ...which should make Republican Senators job easy if/when all this goes to trial, IMO. If an open fair trial is televised the way the impeachment farce has been McConnell could greatly affect public opinion, and I've no doubt that he's crafty enough to pull it off.

    Admittedly though, it bugs me that the Senate appears to be not engaged in Trump's defense so far except for some rhetoric from a handful of Senators.

    Maybe Mitch is biding his time so that he can make it all very public? Thoughts?
     
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    Eyewitnesses have reported that Trump eats 2 bowls of ice cream while everyone else only gets 1 bowl. It's not fair. Dems say that they will be unhappy till everyone else is unhappy. It worked in Cuba and Venezuela and it will work in the USA....
     
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    With the House holding the sole power to impeach, what is the Senate allowed to do prior to trial? Could they begin an inquiry to consider the unconstitutional, ultra-partisan conduct of Schiff?
     
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    I get your point, probably nothing, but comments from Graham and Paul have indicated the Senate could be doing it's own investigations whether related to impeachment or not. Graham has not kept his word on several investigations he promised.
     
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