House Republicans claimed after the latest public impeachment hearings, “The facts are with President Donald Trump,” saying it is time to end the Democrats’ impeachment charade.
In a tweet on Tuesday, Nov. 19, Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-Pa.) insisted “Nothing has changed” after the testimonies of Kurt Volker—former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine, and Tim Morrison—U.S. adviser to President Trump on Russia and Europe on the White House National Security Council.
“Not a single one of the Democrats ‘star witnesses’ confirmed that there was a quid pro quo. In fact, when asked if they had evidence of bribery, they said NO!,” Smucker said after affirming “the FACTS ARE ON THE PRESIDENTS SIDE!”
What is crystal clear during these #ImpeachmentHearings are the FACTS ARE ON THE PRESIDENTS SIDE!
Nothing has changed. Not a single one of the Democrats “star witnesses” confirmed that there was a quid pro quo.
In fact, when asked if they had evidence of bribery, they said NO!
— Rep. Lloyd Smucker (@RepSmucker) November 19, 2019
Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) had the same message, tweeting “the facts are with President Trump.”
“This charade has never been more than political theater and the American people know it,” he wrote, calling on the Democrats to terminate their partisan impeachment hearings and get back to work of writing laws.
Rep. Mark Green (R-Tenn.) made a statement, saying, “I will speak up for my constituents in Tennessee who have had enough of this impeachment charade and want Congress to actually help improve their lives.”
A number of other Republicans also reacted to the hearings, claiming none of Democrats’ star witnesses confirmed there was a quid pro quo or they had evidence of bribery.
House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said the Democrats’ new “bribery” narrative is unraveling quickly as more witnesses confirmed that they were never asked to bribe or extort anyone.
The Dems’ new “bribery” narrative is unraveling quickly.
More witnesses confirmed today that they were never asked to bribe or extort anyone.
Maybe Dems should base their allegations on actual evidence, not focus groups.
Dems have no case. pic.twitter.com/VKaOx2ol16
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) November 19, 2019
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) pointed out that Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) was clearly not getting the answers he wanted from Volker and Morrison to close the hearing.
“Both continue to be clear: In his conduct, Volker never saw or took part in anything resembling bribery or extortion—and Morrison saw nothing wrong with the 7/25 call,” he tweeted.
Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) indicated, “In the 3,500 pages of transcripts released so far, there was only one reference to bribery. Ironically to describe Vice President Biden’s conduct, not President Trump’s.”
“Why did we go from quid pro quo to extortion now to bribery?” he questioned.
In the 3,500 pages of transcripts released so far, there was only one reference to bribery. Ironically to describe Vice President Biden’s conduct, not President Trump’s.
Why did we go from quid pro quo to extortion now to bribery? The answer is polling. pic.twitter.com/2ypnc6HyDT
— John Ratcliffe (@RepRatcliffe) November 19, 2019
Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) even claimed, “Democrats poll-tested, and they found that the crime of “bribery” alarms voters the most. The only problem is … none of the witnesses say they witnessed any “bribery.” They’re accusing @realDonaldTrump of a crime 1st and searching for evidence 2nd!”
“Very bad day for @RepAdamSchiff, @SpeakerPelosi and Democrats,” Banks wrote. He attached an answer from Volker to Republican counsel Steve Castor in which the former special envoy to Ukraine admitted, “I was never involved in anything that I considered bribery at all… or extortion.”
Another witness just told American people there was no bribery & no quid pro quo.
“I was never involved in anything that I considered bribery at all… or extortion.” pic.twitter.com/OdTYlYVB24
— Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) November 19, 2019
President Donald Trump used another way of expression, tweeting, “A great day for Republicans, a great day for our Country!”
A great day for Republicans, a great day for our Country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2019