House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump in the Senate that the president did not care about corruption in Ukraine, except when it allegedly involved his potential rival in the 2020 presidential election, former Vice President Joe Biden, according to Breitbart News.
However, Schiff omitted that President Trump raised the issue of corruption in Ukraine in 2017, the first year of his administration. He raised it specifically, including by giving a lecture on it—in 2017—to the former Ukrainian president.
Despite this, Schiff said: “You might ask yourself: if the president was so concerned about corruption, why didn’t he did he do that [withhold aid] in 2017? Why didn’t he do that in 2018? Why was it only 2019, there was a problem? Was there no corruption in Ukraine in 2017? Was there no corruption in Ukraine in 2018? No — Ukraine has always battled corruption. It wasn’t the presence or lack of corruption from one year to another. It was the presence of Joe Biden as a potential candidate for president. That was the key change in 2019. That made all the difference.”
When the first closed-door hearings of the impeachment were held, Democrats called Catherine Croft, a State Department official who served as a space adviser to Ukraine, to testify.
Transcripts of that hearing show Croft affirming President Trump’s concern about corruption in Ukraine when Petro Poroshenko was ruling at the time.
However, Schiff did not call Croft to testify publicly, although her testimony was very important to the case.
In his statement, Croft said that President Trump was skeptical of providing arms to Ukraine.
When asked why during the hearing, she responded, “When this was discussed, including in front of the Ukrainian delegation, in front of President Poroshenko, he described his concerns being that Ukraine was corrupt, that it was capable of being a very rich country, and that the United States shouldn’t pay for it, but instead, we should be providing aid through loans.”
The irregularities in the impeachment
President Trump has been sued by Democratic lawmakers, who claim that he would have called on the Ukrainian president to provide economic aid in exchange for the Ukrainian government investigating former US Vice President Joe Biden who is his political rival in the 2020 presidential elections.
Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, was involved in a mega-corruption case at Burisma Holdings, Ukraine’s largest gas company.
The Democrats’ quid pro quo accusation of President Trump was based on an anonymous informant allegedly linked to the CIA.
However, in the entire process that the Democrats have set in motion to try to remove President Trump, irregularities have been seen that call into question his validity and constitutionality.
Schiff initially said, “We have not spoken directly to the whistleblower. However, the chairman of the Intelligence Committee was later forced to acknowledge that his staff had, in fact, coordinated with the so-called whistleblower prior to the indictment.
At the beginning of the so-called ‘Ukraine Case’, Schiff appeared in the mainstream media citing the alleged transcript of the call in question between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
However, the White House denied the accusations made against the president and, in fact, published the actual transcripts of the talks held between President Donald Trump and Zelenskiy.
Schiff’s quotes bore little resemblance to the transcript published by the White House and, in the face of public criticism, he justified himself by saying that it had been a “parody.”
After passing through the Democratic-majority House, the impeachment of the president on the alleged charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress will have to be resolved in the Republican-majority Senate.