Radio political commentator Rush Limbaugh had sharp criticism of the first public hearing on Capitol Hill about the impeachment of President Trump.
The conservative radio presenter criticized the two witnesses: William Taylor, the acting ambassador to Ukraine, and George Kent, a U.S. diplomat who serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, in what he called a “sponsored mutiny.”
Limbaugh also criticized the chairman of the intelligence committee, saying he does not know how to lead a hearing.
“Every time the Republicans ask for a point of order, he appears to be lost and assumes sort of a dictatorial posture in order to cover for the fact that he has no substantive reason to deny their requests and the lines of questioning that they want to engage in.”
He made the criticisms during his program “The Rush Limbaugh Show” on Wednesday.
“Trust me when I tell you, believe me when I tell you that the only thing, the only gripe they’ve got is that they weren’t used. The only gripe they’ve got is that Trump set up a different channel for foreign policy with Ukraine, a channel that was outside theirs,” the commentator said.
“They are essentially attempting to conduct a mutiny with the help of the Democrat Party. … They’re essentially suggesting that the president has engaged in misconduct for not using them. And these hearings are designed for them to provide evidence of Trump’s incompetence,” he added.
Limbaugh called the witnesses “willing tools of the Democrat Party” in a political campaign that disguises itself as an impeachment inquiry.
He also pointed out that none of the witnesses mentioned a single crime and none of them even spoke to President Trump. What they stated was only their opinion based on their personal perception of how they believe President Trump would have acted.
“But their opinions do not constitute crimes. If they disagree with the president doesn’t mean he’s committed a crime,” he said.
In a heated exchange between witness Taylor and Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) during Wednesday’s hearing, Ratcliffe demanded to know “Where is the crime” in President Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
“But the irony is that everything they claim Trump has done that’s wrong are things the Democrats have done, things that Obama has done,” Limbaugh said on his program.
He also said about the hearing, “It was just a series of disconnected leading questions because the witness couldn’t get where the Democrats wanted him to go on his own.“
“And yet this was gonna be, this was it, finally, folks, they were gonna get rid of Trump today.,” he said ironically.
“This was it, the first public hearings of impeachment, and finally the American people were gonna see what an absolute disaster Donald Trump is. … They haven’t seen that. They haven’t seen any evidence of anything the Democrats have been alleging. And they’re watching a couple of guys, some witnesses here they didn’t know existed, seemed very disturbed that they weren’t used and their counsel wasn’t taken, their advice wasn’t accepted,” he concluded.
Fox News presenter Sean Hannity, who featured a clip from Limbaugh’s show, also agreed with him.
“Oh. And it’s all true too,” he said Wednesday on “Hannity.” “Did these guys really believe that their rumor, I heard from this person, that person, was relevant?”