Fox News contributor Gregg Jarrett in a recent column, swiped at a key Democrat at the latest turn of the increasingly “comical and hapless” impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.
Jarrett, a legal and political analyst for Fox, lambasted House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) for making a joke out of the impeachment process, and ultimately, of himself.
Schiff, who wanted the whistleblower to testify but suddenly retracted his own words, was because “evidence emerged that Schiff and/or his staff colluded with the ‘whistleblower’ before the complaint was ever filed,” according to Fox analyst.
Schiff’s efforts to insist that the whistleblower remains anonymous despite “no such right, guarantee, privilege, or entitlement written in the law” that requires so, as explained by Jarrett, was used by the House Intelligence chair as a tactic to “conceal his own role in engineering the pretext for impeachment and his subsequent deceit.”
“The Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee says he doesn’t want Republicans turning the impeachment proceedings into a ‘sham,’” Jarrett wrote. “The hilarious irony is lost on no one. Adam Schiff has already managed to accomplish it all on his own.”
Jarrett stressed that the transcript of the July 25 phone call serves as the most reliable evidence of exactly what happened as “it is the only relevant and material evidence.”
“Nowhere is there a demand, condition, or pressure for a ‘quid pro quo’ that made an investigation of the Bidens contingent on U.S. military assistance. This is corroborated by Zelensky who is on record stating that there was no blackmail involved and no pressure applied,” Jarrett pointed out, citing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s statements that “nobody pushed me” and “we had a great phone call.”
According to a Nov. 12 memorandum addressed to House Republicans, Ukraine was “not aware of a hold on U.S. security assistance at the time of the July 25 call.” The document also pointed out that “security assistance flowed to Ukraine in September 2019” without requiring Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
The Fox analyst then took a jab at European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland’s testimony accusing the president of a “quid pro quo” after revising his testimony to state that he “presumed that the aid suspension had become linked to the proposed anti-corruption statement.”
“Reliable witnesses do not assume or presume anything,” Jarrett asserted. “If they do, it is nothing more than supposition that should be discarded like yesterday’s trash.”
The inquiry, initiated by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and currently led by Schiff, centers around allegations that President Trump colluded with the Ukrainian president and held aid in exchange for an investigation on political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
But both Presidents Trump and Zelensky dismissed the allegations.
President Trump said the call was “very good,” and Zelensky stated that the call was “normal” and its purpose was simply to arrange a meeting with President Trump.
Jarrett branded Schiff the “court jester playing the fool” for presiding over “an investigatory charade that is anathema to fundamental fairness and due process” after the House Democrat had stated – and threatened in a Nov. 9 statement – any questions about the whistleblower or scrutiny against the Biden family could result in an Ethics Committee investigation.
“If the inquiry was equitable, both sides would be able to call their own witnesses. Yet, the House of Representatives passed its impeachment measure giving Schiff the right to veto GOP witnesses,” Jarrett noted. “He has already made it clear that he will do so, rejecting a request that the faux ‘whistleblower’ testify. It is clear that other witnesses, including Schiff and/or his staff, will also be rejected.”