Former NSC Senior Director for European Affairs Tim Morrison testified before Adam Schiff’s Star Chamber today and his testimony presents some issues for the narrative Schiff is trying to build to undergird his attempted coup against the president.
I have no reason to believe the Ukrainians had any knowledge of the [military funding] review until August 28, 2019,” Morrison said. That is the same day that Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the chief anti-Trump inquisitor in the U.S. House of Representatives, disclosed on Twitter that funding had been held up. Politico also published a story that day, sourced to anonymous leaks, that military funding had been temporarily held up.
Morrison also pointed out key factual inaccuracies in testimony provided by William Taylor, a State Department official who works in the U.S. embassy in Kiev, Ukraine. Morrison said that, contrary to Taylor’s claims, Morrison never met with the Ukrainian National Security advisor in his private hotel room.
Morrison also said Taylor falsely claimed that Ambassador Gordon Sondland demanded a public statement from the Ukrainian president committing to investigate Burisma, a controversial Ukrainain energy company that paid Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son Hunter millions of dollars to sit on its board.
“My recollection is that Ambassador Sondland’s proposal to [Ukrainian National Security Advisor Andriy] Yermak was that it could be sufficient if the new Ukrainian prosecutor general — not President Zelensky — would commit to pursue the Burisma investigation,” Morrison testified.
He also testified that the transcript was full and accurate, despite the claims by LTC Vindman that he thought changes needed to be made in it.
This was his bottom line:
“I want to be clear, I was not concerned that anything illegal was discussed,” former NSC Senior Director for European Affairs Tim Morrison testified today, according to a record of his remarks obtained by The Federalist.
This is good because it calls out the testimony of some other people as being inaccurate. It is also mostly irrelevant.
What is going on in the House is not a impartial examination of facts and circumstances. The House Democrats have already decided to impeach President Trump and the chances of any finding of fact dissuading them. The fact that key witnesses have mischaracterized, if not downright misrepresented, the circumstances surrounding the phone is irrelevant. The irrelevance is highlighted by the fact that the feeelings, the emoting, by non-players who heard the call is given precedence over the transcript and what actually happened. The call is a pretext for the impeachment. Period.