The White House on Tuesday, Oct. 22, criticized testimony from former U.S. Ambassador William Taylor as part of the House impeachment inquiry “triple hearsay” and asserted that President Trump “has done nothing wrong.”
Taylor told Congress that President Trump wanted to put Ukraine’s leader “in a public box” by withholding security assistance until they agreed to open an investigation linked to Joe Biden’s family.
Press secretary Stephanie Grisham released a statement Tuesday after Taylor’s testimony, insisting “there was no quid pro quo.” She said, “Today was just more triple hearsay and selective leaks from the Democrats’ politically motivated, closed door, secretive hearings.”
President Trump has done nothing wrong—this is a coordinated smear campaign from far-left lawmakers and radical unelected bureaucrats waging war on the Constitution. There was no quid pro quo. today was just more hearsay and selective leaks from the Democrats’ politically motivated, close-door, secretive hearings. Every day this nonsense continues more taxpayer time and money is wasted. President Trump is leading the way for the American people by delivering a safer, stronger, and more secure country—the do-nothing Democrats should consider doing the same.
Taylor said Ambassador Gordon Sondland told him “everything” Ukraine wanted from the United States, including a visit with President Trump and millions of dollars in security aid, was dependent on the country agreeing to investigate the gas firm Burisma and the 2016 U.S. election. Taylor said a White House official told him the same thing.
Meanwhile, Rep. Mark Meadows said after Taylor testimony, “I’ve been in there for 10 hours. I can assure you there was no quid pro quo.”
Rep. Mark Meadows exits Bill Taylor testimony: “I’ve been in there for 10 hours. I can assure you there was no quid pro quo.” pic.twitter.com/M1g62vje4r
— The Hill (@thehill) October 23, 2019
William Taylor testified before closed doors in an inquiry trying to determine if Trump committed impeachable offenses by pressing the president of Ukraine into pursuing information that could help his campaign.
Stephanie Grisham slammed the inquiry as “nonsense” and “a coordinated smear campaign.”
In the Cabinet meeting on Monday, the president said Democrats want to impeach him because they’re not going to beat him in the election.
President Trump referred to comments by Rep. Al Green (D-Texas), “We have to impeach him, otherwise he’s going to win the election. We have to impeach because otherwise he’s going to win.”
Trump continued, “I think they want to impeach me because it’s the only way they’re going to win. They’ve got nothing. All they have is a phone call that was perfect. All they have is a whistleblower who has disappeared. Where is he? He’s gone. Then they have a second whistleblower. “The second whistleblower has got — oh, it’s going to …” Where is he? He disappeared. Then they have an informant. “Oh, the informant is…” Where is he?”
“Don’t forget, many of these people were put there during Obama, during Clinton, during the Never Trump or Bush era. You know, you had a Never Trump or Bush. You have heard of those? Those people might be worse than the Democrats—the Never Trumpers. The good news is they’re dying off fast. They’re on artificial respiration, I think,” Trump concluded.
Includes reporting from the Associated Press.