This Friday, House impeachment investigators kickstarted their second public hearing with an appearance by former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, who Trump fired on the basis of false allegations that she harbored some kind of political conspiracy against him. As that got underway this Friday, Trump took to Twitter to again insist that the entire impeachment inquiry is illegitimate and should be thrown out. He’s refusing to even pretend to engage on the substance of the issues at this point. Instead, he’s asserting that Democrats are just political hacks looking for gain, although in reality, they’re responding to his duly demonstrable behavior.
In his attempt to discredit Democrats, he resorted to a claim that experts have previously responded to by insisting he “has no idea what he’s talking about.” He claimed that filth from the streets of San Francisco (which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)) represents is making its way into the ocean — but that’s not happening.
‘The Impeachment Witch Hunt should be over with the statement made last night by the President and Foreign Minister of Ukraine. Nervous Nancy Pelosi, who should be home cleaning up the dangerous & disgusting Slum she is making of her District in San Francisco, where even the filth pouring into the Pacific Ocean is rapidly becoming an environmental hazard, is getting NOTHING DONE. She is a Do Nothing Democrat as Speaker, and will hopefully not be in that position very long. Approve USMCA, which has been sitting on her desk for months!’
The statement he’s seemingly referring to came from Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko, who said:
‘Ambassador Sondland did not tell us, and did not tell me exactly, about the relation between the [military] assistance and the investigations. You should ask him. I do not recall any conversation with me as with foreign minister. It was not we, the Ukrainian officials [who were told this].’
The problem is — Sondland himself has already bluntly admitted in a revision to his original private testimony that he did tell Ukraine that military aid likely wouldn’t resume until they publicly announced an investigation into corruption, meaning — in this case — the Bidens. Sondland will be appearing at a public hearing next week, where this will be among the issues he’ll have to answer for. One official’s denial is the farthest thing from ending this case.