“I was presuming.”

With those three little words, American Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland destroyed the case he'd made for impeaching the President in his dramatic 45-minute (!) prepared statement in Wednesday’s “inquiry” hearing. That statement contained the allegations Democrats were desperately seeking –- but one has to wonder if he even wrote it. (His four attorneys all happen to be Democratic donors; Robert Luskin, who sat next to him Wednesday, has donated over $130,000 to Democrats and recently represented FBI informant STEFAN HALPER ding ding ding. ) Sondland accused both Trump and Rudy Giuliani of quid pro quo, but then was quickly taken apart under the masterful questioning of Intel Committee member Michael Turner.

Of course, watching these hearings is, in general, about as enjoyable as sitting in a fire ant bed wearing burlap underwear and eating month-old sushi. But on Wednesday, there were some magnificent moments.

First, Turner made the point that Sondland’s statement had caused Schiff to run out during a break and give a press conference saying he had justification for impeaching the President of the United States. This had led to CNN putting up the banner headline: “Sondland Ties Trump to Withholding Aid.” Turner then asked, “Is that your testimony today, Mr. Sondland...?”

“I’ve said repeatedly, Congressman, I WAS PRESUMING,” Sondland said.

What??  You see, that’s what this whole case is based on --- presumptions.

Turner continued. “...Nobody else on this planet told you that Donald Trump was tying aid to these investigations. Is that correct?”

He repeated the question and added, “’Cause if yous answer’s yes, then the chairman’s wrong and the headline on CNN is wrong. No one on this planet told you that President Trump was tying aid to investigations, yes or no?”

“Yes.”

“So, you really have no testimony today that ties President Trump to a scheme to withhold aid from Ukraine in exchange for these investigations.”

“OTHER THAN MY OWN PRESUMPTION.”  (Emphasis mine.)

“Which is nothing...”

Well, how do you like that? Sondland’s statement is merely what he “presumed” happened. Under cross-examination, though, it was also established that the only direct conversation he’d had with Trump about this issue could not have been more different, or more clear. It went like this:

Sondland to Trump: “So, what do you want from Ukraine?”

Trump: “I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo. I want Zelensky to do the right thing. I want him to do what he ran on.”

How does someone hear this from Trump and decide he DOES want a quid pro quo? I guess the same way that Democrats can hear Sondham's testimony now and still cry for impeachment.

On the other hand, he’s made it easy for them to remain deluded by conveniently leaving this out of his exhaustive statement, which ran 23 pages. Imagine: the most important thing he could possibly say, about the one direct conversation he had with Trump about this, he chose not to include. When asked about this, he actually said he couldn’t fit it in –- didn’t have room. This excuse was so preposterous, even Sondland smirked and suppressed a laugh when confronted with it by Jordan.

But something else also came out in testimony: Since he first testified behind closed doors, Sondland, his family and his business have been victimized by threats, boycotts and bullying protesters. Lindsay Graham theorizes he might have tailored his statement to “get the monkey off his back.” The bullying allegedly has been encouraged by Democratic Congressman Earl Blumenauer. Here are the atrocious details of what sure looks like witness tampering.

https://www.wweek.com/news/2019/11/20/congressman-earl-blumenauer-tweets-gordon-sondland-welcome-to-the-resistance/

Jordan's questioning established that Ukraine did nothing to get the military aid, which was held up for a few weeks but delivered well before the end-of-September deadline, with no preconditions. Likewise, President Zelensky got to visit with Trump in person, with no preconditions.

Jordan: “When the chairman asked you about the security assistance dollars, you said there needed to be a public announcement from Zelensky, so I’m asking you a simple question: When did that happen?”

Sondland: “Never did.”

Jordan: “Never did. They got the call, July 25. They got the meeting, not in the White House but in New York on September 25. They got the money on September 11. When did the meeting happen again?”

Sondland: “Never did.”

Jordan: “You don’t know who was in the meeting?”

Sondland: (pause) “Which meeting are you referring to?”

Jordan: “The meeting that never happened. (Sondland laughs heartily.) You know how Zelensky announced it? Did he tweet it, did he do a press statement, did he do a press conference? You know how that happened? I mean, you got all three of them wrong. They get the call, they get the meeting, they get the money...” 

We’ve also learned through testimony that this type of aid is frequently delayed, for a variety of reasons. Happens all the time.

But, like everything else, it’s wrong when it happens under Trump. Things that occur all the time under other Presidents are unacceptable if they involve this one, because, as Nancy Pelosi says, “he’s an imposter.” Hard-core Democrats and those stuck in airports where all they have is CNN will still say the President committed bribery (!) and should be impeached, along with Mike Pence, because, well, he’s involved somehow. Sadly, people watching mainstream media are almost guaranteed NOT to see the exchanges I’ve outlined above --- exchanges that in a court of law would likely lead a judge to rule for a summary judgment (dismissal of charges) and send everybody home.

Rep. Turner made an appearance on Wednesday’s HANNITY show, where he pointed out that in the giant game of “gossip” that was being played among the diplomatic corps, all roads led to Sondland. The previous testimony we’ve heard was based on hearsay that appears to have come from him. As Gregg Jarrett has pointed out, “George Kent...said he believed there was a quid pro quo because he heard it from Taylor, who heard it from Morrison, who heard it from Ambassador Sondland.” 

In other words, it all started with a “presumption.”

Trump knows he did nothing wrong and will likely wear the “impeachment” (think they won’t do it?) as a badge of honor, knowing it’s the price he’s paid for exposing wrongdoing and draining the swamp. I believe that when this case gets to the Senate, Democrats are going to deeply, deeply regret giving in to impeachment fever. They have to know that when Senate Republicans call their own witnesses, they'll finally show what really went on in Ukraine.

Now that will be some magnificent TV –- not that most media will run it. Watching THOSE hearings will be like listening to the best of The Beatles while sitting in a comfy lounger, looking out at the ocean on a perfect day while eating delicious but calorie-free chicken-fried steak. 

John Solomon, who should win a Pulitzer but won’t, is very happy about what he’s already seen in the testimony on Ukraine, as it validates the reporting he’s been doing all along on that subject –- and that includes the REAL bribery involving the Bidens. John, if you feel vindicated now, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

Impeachment surprise: How Adam Schiff validated my reporting on Ukraine | John Solomon Reports

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  • Marlene Helfrick

    11/24/2019 12:02 PM

    Adam Schitt is looking more and more like a fool and if he keeps it up, he will be the scapegoat Pelosi is using him for. He was chosen because he is the most willing to lie.

  • Michael

    11/22/2019 05:13 PM

    My comment and question really doesn't fit your articles today, but here it goes. I have heard some and have read some about the USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement) and that it would very much boost our economy. I have also heard that it has sat on Nancy Pelosi's desk for months? Why is it that someone like corrupt Nancy Pelosi can keep something on her desk and not allow it to go forward to Congress? Isn't there a system of check and balances that will only allow agreement's, etc. to sit for so long. Now of course, seeing and knowing Nancy Pelosi and the shameful Democrats, it would be obvious that they would not want anything going forward that would boost our U.S. economy under President Trump's watch because of their pure hatred for our President. But all Americans suffer when the Democrats (and some Republicans) refuse to work for WE THE PEOPLE, with USMCA being just one example.
    I would like to know more about USMCA. Are the Republicans for one of their campaign ads going to use the USMCA and Democrat obstruction of this benefit so Americans will know?

  • Barry Evans

    11/22/2019 01:56 PM

    I don't think the liberals have the gonads to impeach our great president! liberalism is a mental disorder

  • Melinda Lucas

    11/22/2019 11:50 AM

    Thanks for your great review of the current events with the Trump impeachment hearings. Which reminds me of when I was in elementary school and each student had to present a current event to the class. While a great tool for young students to learn to be informed of world events, I'm sure our teacher had to refrain from chuckling at some of our reports. :) Now that I think about it, the 'inquiry hearings' kind of remind me of the news rag, The National Enquirer. Remember hearing "Inquiring minds want to know"? I guess that was a pitiful attempt at making their readers feel better about about their choice of literature.

  • Kay DeWitt

    11/22/2019 09:40 AM

    The writers of these comments keep stating a truth that has been stated by many people...which is that this hateful attitude the Democrats have had toward THEIR president is dividing our country....which, to say it again, makes a mockery of the REAL laws this country is founded on! While, in his closing "speech", Schiff talked about devotion to our Constitutional "!aws", I heard his words against the backdrop of GOD'S laws! It was the height of hypocrisy for Schiff to ask one of Trump's prosecutors "do you think it is 'wrong' for 'a president' to investigate a political opponent?" since HE. ...and his political party ... has spent all their time investigating THEIR political opponent (as THEY so see the president because he is a Republican)....So, like the Pharisees, while the Democrats uphold the LETTER of the law, they violate the SPIRIT of the law!!! Our President needs to use this kind of artillery to win this SPIRITUAL warfare! And, in GOD'S eyes, THE greatest crime...sin...greater than ANY the Democrats can accuse the President of...is... while family after family after family was suffering the agony of agonies looking upon their beloved child lying in a coffin....because a hate-filled person pulled the trigger on a gun and DESTROYED their precious child...the Democrats cared more about DESTROYING their President than they did about trying to do something to show angry kids that destroying another kid was not the answer to dealing with their HATRED that is authored BY their anger! Now....against the backdrop OF this "crime" ....hear the hypocrisy of Schiff gloating that he can make it known to the American public that Sondland stated that President Trump stated that he did not care about Euchrane, he just cared about the BIG STUFF....like investigating the Bidens!.....In GOD'S eyes, the BIG STUFF is His dying kids!!!!!!

  • Tony Weaver

    11/22/2019 08:55 AM

    Am I the only one seeing this?

    Why is it ok to investigate Candidate Trump, President-elect Trump, and President Trump , all from political rival (the Democrats)?
    Yet it is not ok to investigate Hunter Biden and his connection to Ukraine?
    Can someone out there answer me?

  • RICKEY L TYNER

    11/22/2019 08:31 AM

    It will be interesting to see what follows, but I don't think they will vote to impeach. I believe this is just a charade to see if they can get Trump to resign before it goes any further. After all, it worked with Nixon and I believe they're hoping for the same outcome. The dems know that if it goes to the Senate, the witnesses that weren't allowed during they're sham proceedings, will have to testify and then expose them for what they really are, and for what they have all been involved in. They would not want that to happen.

  • Jeff Male Floyd

    11/22/2019 08:20 AM

    I can't for the life of me believe that heresay and presumptions are allowed in any type of hearing much less a Congressional hearing that impacts my Country and my President. I have been involved in a few depositions and hearings as well and the first instructions you receive after you are sworn in is that heresay, speculation and assumptions are not allowable answers the only thing that is allowed is fact and only facts. For the record I have never been in trouble I was a VP for a Trucking Co. and as we all know if there was an accident withing a half-mile of a truck someone is going to sue you.

  • Brenda Easterling

    11/22/2019 03:02 AM

    The plot thickens and the radical Democrats are really squirming! Love ?? the way you tell it, Governor

  • Kevin J Cook

    11/22/2019 12:07 AM

    Let’s not forget that the democrat coup is based on “it’s not proper to ask a foreign country to investigate a political rival”. Trump is asking a new president Zelensky to investigate a known criminal running Burisma, Biden who bragged about bribing Ukraine to dump a prosecutor investigating the corruption at Burisma and Biden’s son and we know the democrats and Hellary and possibly Hussein asked Ukraine to dig up dirt on Trump. This is how Manafort went down. A Ukrainian parliament member says Hunter Biden got paid $16.5 M from corrupt Burisma. The evidence is obvious but to demented democrats this is impeachable if Trump wants justice before wasting our money on the third most corrupt country in the world.

  • Joanne Schmidt

    11/21/2019 08:17 PM

    I'm not particularly impressed with EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland. He strikes me as an ego-maniac who called President Trump from his unsecure cell phone while sitting in a Kiev restaurant with three other people, including today's witness, Holmes. Was he trying to impress Holmes that he was so important he could get POTUS on the line so easily? All through his testimony he treated the whole hearing like a joke, laughing and smiling. He couldn't recall anything acccurately because he's "not a note taker." Leaving out Trump's clear reply that he wanted nothing from Ukraine, no "quid pro quo," was omitted from his opening statement. All the hearsay and all the presumptions of a quid pro quo is what got all the other witnesses to believe that. Where did Trump find this clown?

  • Allegra Kitchens

    11/21/2019 07:16 PM

    Thanks again for the great laugh when I read your description of watching these hearings being about enjoyable as "sitting in a fire ant bed wearing burlap underwear, etc." Too funny and so true.

  • George Morlan

    11/21/2019 06:31 PM

    There are two overlapping lines I’d like to see followed with regard to Trump’s interest in Barisma. First, why do the Democrats believe that investigating Barisma will produce dirt on Joe Biden? Second, Barisma must have thought that Hunter Biden would add value at the rate of at least $83K/month. Assume Joe Biden did nothing to help. Then what else made it worthwhile for them to do it, and was this something the US should make impossible. Or in the face of Joe Biden’s purity did they waste their money.

  • William Schlumpf

    11/21/2019 05:23 PM

    Yeah, well the zero cred Washington Post continues to intentionally deceive however many readers it still has by excising that critical bit of exchange (."..anyone on the planet...") from their reporting. Same with CNN and MSNBC and all the rest of the leftist decepto-media. It is not an oversight but intentional deception. Deception is so well entrenched within the psyche of media ethos that a pathological deceiver congressman from California can preside over fake hearings about a fake impeachment based upon fake accusations and not be run out of the town in disgrace. All of these characters are trying to impose their own feelings and opinions of what US foreign policy should be. Too bad they don't read the Constitution and realize that it is not for them to decide.
    Meanwhile there are serious events going on in the world. Real crimes against humanity are underway in Hong Kong. And recently leaked internal documents chronicle the same throughout china. Real people arre really dying at the hands of the criminal regime in China
    and here we are wasting time and money over a media-democrat perpetrated fraud. Suppression of the people in Iran anyone? Shameful.

  • Robin Slinkard

    11/21/2019 05:13 PM

    All the more reason for term limits.

  • George Wuillay

    11/21/2019 04:45 PM

    although I have not heard all the testimony I did catch quite a bit. One thing I noticed is there is a lot of people involved with Ukraine that have their personal opinion of what our policies should be. I have seen a lot of people who have their personal opinion of what our country's interest should be. I have heard people talk about National Security. but even with all this talking it still comes down to opinions from people who are not in charge of making the policies or deciding what is in our country's best interest. I also feel that these people Are upset because they didn't get what they wanted. I understand we gave much paid more than was given before by the previous administration. it's also my understanding funding that was on hold did not hinder Ukraine's ability to defend itself. I have heard testimony that asking Ukraine to investigate something and work with someone from the United States on investigating something would be undermining Ukraine's credibility to investigate. again that's an opinion. well here's my opinion 2 countries working together to investigate corruption shows the willingness to work together to coordinate efforts share information and get to the bottom of the mess quickly. I keep hearing people twist what was actually said and they keep bringing up investigate to Biden's. but the fact is it was not investigate to Biden's it was investigate an investigation being stopped by Joe Biden. so we're not investigating Joe Biden we're just investigating how an investigation was stopped. I don't see any political gain exposing corruption and it would only be political gain if Donald Trump was to use it before the elections. I think it's credible to investigate it Joe Biden said he did it so isn't that something to go on as reason to investigate whether or not it's true? If it wasn't true then Joe Biden didn't do anything wrong other than look like a lying ass trying to look important in front of the people he was telling the story to and while doing so implicated Obama as knowing what he was doing when he according to the conversation stated that he told the person from Ukraine that if it didn't believe him to call the president and that would have been President Obama

  • Joe Broadway

    11/21/2019 04:02 PM

    As soon as we are able the American people should demand a constitutional amendment and fix this impeachment fiasco. It should be run as a court and not let a bunch of bias clowns, hateful, wicked, deceitful, haters of God, without understanding, implacable, and much more. These people are going to hell. If you support their actions you will join them and the Bible says you are worthy of death. Romans 1:29-32. Try reading it delutional fools before it is to late. 2 Thess 10-12. You must change your ways and your heart to be acceptable into heaven. It can take years so I suggest you hurry. Mathew 7:21-23.

  • Dan Moore

    11/21/2019 03:58 PM

    "like listening to the best of The Beatles while sitting in a comfy lounger, looking out at the ocean on a perfect day while eating delicious but calorie-free chicken-fried steak"

    love it!

  • Kenneth Brack

    11/21/2019 03:10 PM

    Thank you, Mike, for explaining Sondland's "explosive" testimony. It clears up the whole matter for me. Sondland was pressured into a prepared statement which was just what the corrupt members of the Democratic party wanted. Their whole goal is media headlines which they know they will get when they supply the material; material, which, if presented in a real court of law, would be thrown out by any competent judge. I recognize the nauseous nature of what you have to endure, Mike, to get the truth to us. But it is very much appreciated.

  • Richard E. Nance

    11/21/2019 02:06 PM

    I completely agree with Governor Huckabee's assertion that "John Solomon deserves a Pulitzer" for his investigative reporting of Joe Biden's scandalous involvement in the Ukraine/Burisma matter.

  • April Allison-Garlow

    11/21/2019 01:11 PM

    Doesn't the fact that these witnesses presumed that there was a "quid pro quo" , say more about their character, than it does about some imaginary crime involving Trump? Listening in on overheard conversations in a private phone call--gossiping and grumbling in the workplace--are these people adults?

  • Bennye St.Claire

    11/21/2019 01:09 PM

    Mike - can you tell me where I can get one of these? " while eating delicious but calorie-free chicken-fried steak. " In my 80 years, I have And we both know they exist only in our devious minds. never been able to order one of these. And we both know that these exist only in our devious minds.

  • David Colonna

    11/21/2019 01:08 PM

    Mike, I honestly hate to say this, especially being a solid Christian that it may be time for us Christians to fight back or degrade the protesters to where they stop impacting good Americans lives. I am trying to think of ways we could do this and one which keeps coming to mind is to blast Christian music 24/7 during any Democratic protest. These evil people need to hear God's word over and over. MACA - MAKE AMERICA CHRISTIAN AGAIN!!!

  • Nancy L Knauss

    11/21/2019 12:42 PM

    Thank you as always Gov. My husband and I cannot stomach to watch much if any of these so called hearings. What a pathetic, shameful, disgusting, childish display from the Dems just because their hatred of OUR and yes, THEIR President has been (and currently is) festering and fuming within their petty, little souls. Oh wait, don't believe they have souls - my mistake!

  • Carol Phaneuf

    11/21/2019 11:57 AM

    THANK YOU!
    I await your comments every morning! IT MAKES MY COFFEE TASTE EVEN BETTER!!
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