Elise Stefanik just dropped the hammer on the hapless Democrats with a withering opening statement that should put this whole debacle to bed.
She got the Dems star witnesses to admit corruption was a key issue in Ukraine. She got them to admit in 2014 the Obama administration looked into corruption at Burisma, just as Trump did in 2019.
She then hit Adam Schiff with his own petard saying he is refusing to call Hunter Biden and that damages the credibility of the investigation.
She got them to admit that any aid given to Ukraine requires the USA to sign off an anti-corruption initiative showing Ukraine is not corrupt before they get the aid.
She got them to admit it is, in fact, a law that we do so.
She then dropped the hammer and reminded everyone the president, not the staff sets the policy for this great nation.
She read out how many times Vindman said “I” during his testimony implying he thought he was in charge of Ukraine policy not POTUS.
“You report to Tim Morrison correct,” Elise demanded. Does the president set the policy as commander in chief?
“Yes” said Vindman.
“Every witness who has testified has answered yes – do you agree that Hunter Biden on the board has the potential for a conflict of interest.”
Both answered yes.
She then went after Obama and the infamous Javelin weapons program – Obama did not give this aid but Trump did to which Vindman said yes.
“As millions of Americans are watching throughout the hysteria and frenzied media coverage, two key facts have not changed that are critical to these impeachment proceedings. One, Ukraine received the aid and, two, there was no investigation into the Bidens,” she added at one point.
Rep. Elise Stefanik says her constituents in New York's 21st congressional district "have many concerns" about Hunter Biden sitting on the board of Burisma https://t.co/OZ2lHu07Z6 pic.twitter.com/VnEFUMfh7v
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 19, 2019
Rep. Stefanik: Do you agree that Hunter Biden on the board of Burisma has the potential for the appearance of a conflict of interest?
Lt. Col. Vindman: "Certainly the potential, yes."
Ms. Williams: "Yes." pic.twitter.com/u0LNWA0y9A
— ForAmerica (@ForAmerica) November 19, 2019