GOP ranking member Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) on Thursday gave Democrats a barrage of criticism in his opening statement on Capitol Hill before the House Intelligence Committee.
“I once again urge Americans to consider the credibility of the Democrats on this committee who are now hurling these charges,” Nunes stated. “For the last three years, it’s not President Trump who got caught, it’s the Democrats who got caught.”
“How do we have an impeachment offense here when there’s no actual misdeed and no one even claiming to be a victim?” he asked. “The Democrats have tried to solve this dilemma with a simple slogan: He got caught.”
Nunes cited the struggles House Democrats went through to establish any wrongdoing by President Trump that is deemed impeachable, despite the president saying again and again that he has committed no wrongdoing and that his July 25 call with the Ukrainian president is “perfect.” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy also said that there was “no blackmail” and there was no pressure for him to get involved in American politics.
Nunes blasted Democrats for changing accusations of President Trump “depending on the day”—“ranging from a quid pro quo, to extortion, to bribery, to obstruction of justice, then back to quid pro quo,” before pointing out that the president had legitimate reasons for delaying the military aid.
“President Trump had good reason to be wary of Ukrainian election meddling against his campaign and of widespread corruption in that country,” Nunes said, adding, “The aid was resumed without the Ukrainians taking the actions they were supposedly being coerced into doing.”
Nunes then slammed House Democrats with seven explosive comebacks, which explained his argument of why it’s them that “got caught” over the last three years of attempts to remove President Trump from office.
“They got caught falsely claiming they had more than circumstantial evidence that Trump colluded with the Russians to hack the 2016 elections.”
“They got caught orchestrating this entire farce with the Whistleblower and lying about their secret meetings with him.”
“They got caught defending the false allegations of the Steele dossier, which was paid for by the Democrats.”
“They got caught breaking their promise that impeachment would only go forward with bipartisan support because of how damaging it is to the American people.”
“They got caught running a sham impeachment process featuring secret depositions, hidden transcripts, and an unending flood of Democrat leaks.”
“They got caught trying to obtain nude photos of President Trump from Russian pranksters pretending to be Ukrainians.”
“And they got caught covering up for Alexandra Chalupa—a Democratic National Committee operative who colluded with Ukrainian officials to smear the Trump campaign—by improperly redacting her name from deposition transcripts and refusing to let Americans hear her testimony as a witness in these proceedings,” Nunes fumed.
Nunes pointed out that America will end up the victim that suffers the long-term damage from Democratic efforts to impeach President Trump, regardless whether Democrats have political benefit to reap from the process.
“With this wrenching attempt to overthrow the president, they have pitted Americans against one another and poisoned the minds of fanatics who actually believe the entire galaxy of bizarre accusations they have leveled against the President since the day the American people elected him,” Nunes continued.
“I sincerely hope the Democrats end this affair as quickly as possible so our nation can begin to heal the many wounds it has inflicted on us,” Nunes added. “The people’s faith in government, and their belief that their vote counts for something, has been shaken.”
Nunes’s final message to House Democrats is simple: focus on putting America first.
“From the Russia hoax to this shoddy Ukrainian sequel, the Democrats got caught. Let’s hope they finally learn a lesson, give their conspiracy theories a rest, and focus on governing for a change,” Nunes said in conclusion of his opening statement.