One can’t help but wonder how this bug-eyed sleazebag is allowed to run rampant within the halls of congress, without being publicly censured for violating every decent norm within a civil law-abiding society.
This behavior by Schiff into pushing a witness into fabricating an incident that didn’t occur to bolster his own skewed narrative in support of impeachment is most certainly an ethics violation if not a criminal act and must be investigated by the Justice Department.
Imagine a member of congress in a secret meeting pressuring the former United States special representative to Ukraine Kurt Volker to “falsely” testify that Ukrainian officials felt pressured by President Trump, to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter.
The incident as reported by various news outlets took place on October 3rd in a secret interview and in a “secure room” in the U.S. Capitol, conducted by Schiff who allegedly pressed Volker to admit the President threatened to withhold U.S. military aid to Ukraine if the government did not investigate the Biden’s.
“The Ukrainians didn’t want to be drawn into investigating a Democratic candidate for president, which would mean only peril for Ukraine, is that fair to say?” Schiff asked Volker.
“That may be true,” Volker said. “That may be true. They didn’t express that to me, and, of course, I didn’t know that was the context at the time.” (Volker has said he did not know that Trump had mentioned the Bidens on the July 25th call with Zelensky until the rough transcript of the call was released on Sept. 25.)
“Part of the other context is vital military support is being withheld from Ukraine during this period, right?” Schiff asked.
“That was not part of the context at the time,” Volker said. “At least to my knowledge, they (Ukrainian leaders) were not aware of that.”
Schiff then attempts to conflate the timeline between Trump withholding military aid, to the July 25th phone call to President Zelensky, however an article appearing on August 28th in Politico titled “Trump holds up Ukraine military aid meant to confront Russia,” well after the July phone call, blows a hole in Schiff’s attempt to frame the President
Volker also acknowledged he had never discussed withholding aid with Ukrainian officials, citing the first time he was aware of President withholding aid was from the same article in Politico.
“The first conversation I had was when the diplomatic adviser to President Zelensky, Vadym Prystaiko, I believe it was, texted me a copy of the Politico article about the hold on assistance,” Volker testified. “So I had had many conversations with him in the months prior to that, 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.”
Schiff once again attempts to get Volker on the record, hoping that he can get a negative sound bite concerning the President by asking Volker open-ended questions, a tactic he’s used in open hearings.
The House leader pushing to impeach the President asks the former United States special representative to Ukraine if he would agree that “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 replies.
“And that would be particularly egregious if it was done in the context of withholding foreign assistance?” Schiff continued.
Volker balked. “We’re getting now into, you know, a conflation of these things that I didn’t think was actually there.”
Schiff wanted Volker to agree that “if it’s inappropriate for a president to seek foreign help in a U.S. election, it would be doubly so if a president was doing that at a time when the United States was withholding military support from the country.”
Again, Volker did not agree. “I can’t really speak to that,” he said. “My understanding of the security assistance issue is — ”
Schiff interrupted. “Why can’t you speak to 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 with Russia. You can understand just how significant that would be, correct?”
Volker once again attempted to explain that he wasn’t privy to that information. The interview quickly turned into an interrogation with Schiff attempting to elicit a response based on his skewed suppositions and not facts.