House Republicans had the same reactions toward the public impeachment hearings of the first two star witnesses Chairman of House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff brought to testify Wednesday: They had no firsthand knowledge and relied on hearsay for their testimony.
William Taylor, acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, and George Kent, deputy assistant of the secretary of state, were the first witnesses that Schiff, had selected for his hearing show.
After the hearing, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) quoted an answer from Taylor to mock the testimony.
“What I can do here for you today is tell you what I heard from people,” Taylor said in a footage that Scalise attached in his tweet.
“The Dems’ star witness just said he had no firsthand knowledge and is relying on hearsay for his testimony today,” Scalise concluded, questioning “So why are we still here? Time to end this pointless charade.”
“What I can do here for you today is tell you what I heard from people.”
The Dems’ star witness just said he had no firsthand knowledge and is relying on hearsay for his testimony today.
So why are we still here? Time to end this pointless charade. pic.twitter.com/aTjOK0szpd
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) November 13, 2019
Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) shared the view, saying the best witnesses Schiff could find are “two men who heard rumors.”
“Imagine a real courtroom where the prosecutor brought two witnesses who had no knowledge of the crime but heard the accused was guilty. You’d think the prosecutor had no evidence …!” he tweet.
So, the best witnesses @RepAdamSchiff could find is two men who heard rumors… Imagine a real courtroom where the prosecutor brought two witnesses who had no knowledge of the crime but heard the accused was guilty. You’d think the prosecutor had no evidence…! #ImpeachmentHoax
— Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) November 13, 2019
In an update of the hearings on Wednesday, Nov. 13, House Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) said both Taylor and Kent were relying on other people’s information to draw their own conclusions, which makes them the equivalent of testifying gossips.
Quick update ⇨
1. Both Taylor & Kent don’t like the fact that @realDonaldTrump was trying to work with the Ukrainians on his own terms.
2. Both are relying on other people’s information to draw their own conclusions. That makes them the equivalent of testifying gossips. pic.twitter.com/bgpWqFHKzr
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) November 13, 2019
Responding to questions from Jim Jordan in the hearing, Taylor confirmed he did not listen in on President Trump and Zelenskiy’s call, he had never talked with Chief of Staff Mulvaney, and he never met the president.
.@Jim_Jordan: You didn’t listen in on President Trump & Zelenskiy’s call?
Taylor: I did not.
Jordan: You’ve never talked with Chief of Staff Mulvaney?
Taylor: I never did.
Jordan: You’ve never met the President?
Taylor: That’s correct.
Jordan: And you’re their star witness. pic.twitter.com/ebZ6jsEjeB
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) November 13, 2019
Claiming the witnesses knew nothing and have never spoken to President Donald Trump, Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.) blamed the Democrats for wasting the taxpayers’ money for their hearings.
The star witnesses for the Democrats today don’t know anything and have never spoken to @realDonaldTrump. You don’t impeach a president on office gossip! This is a total waste of the taxpayers’ money. Enough! pic.twitter.com/1q3eWquX57
— Rep. Bradley Byrne (@RepByrne) November 13, 2019
Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), a ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, shared his interview with PBS News in which he said the hearings provided nothing new, pointing out that “the facts remain the same.”
We learned nothing new today and the facts remain the same:
1. There was no pressure on President Zelensky
2. There was no investigation
3. Ukraine received the aid
4. Ukraine is better equipped to defend itself under Pres. Trump than Pres. Obama pic.twitter.com/BwrdXtbUBY
— Rep. Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) November 14, 2019
Some other Republican lawyers also called the hearing “a sham,” which is built on hearsay evidence and shows nothing impeachable.
House Democrats have called on Ambassador Bill Taylor to testify who has no firsthand knowledge from President Trump. His testimony is hearsay. pic.twitter.com/s7yWjLp9gt
— Larry Bucshon, MD (@RepLarryBucshon) November 13, 2019
After all the hype, the Democrats’ star witnesses had no firsthand knowledge and never spoke to President @realDonaldTrump.
There’s just no evidence that justifies impeaching a duly-elected president. pic.twitter.com/bFVDkt23JL
— Ted Budd (@RepTedBudd) November 13, 2019
This is why Adam Schiff and House Democrats did not want an open process! pic.twitter.com/4Xu5HvDRDk
— Rep. Mark Walker (@RepMarkWalker) November 13, 2019
Meet the “star witnesses” Adam Schiff called today:
– Neither have any firsthand knowledge
– Neither spoke to @realDonaldTrump
– One got his info from The New York Times
This hearing is a sham. Read the transcript—an actual firsthand account. It shows nothing impeachable!
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) November 13, 2019