Trump contended early Thursday morning that testimony offered during the first open hearing of his impeachment inquiry on Wednesday would be sufficient for “normal people” to close the case.
In a morning tweet, Trump cited an exchange between Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Tex.) and the two career diplomats — acting ambassador to Ukraine William B. Taylor Jr. and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent — who testified on Wednesday.
During his allotted time for questioning, Ratcliffe pressed the pair on what “impeachable offense” was contained in the rough transcript of Trump’s July call with Zelensky in which he pressed Zelensky to investigate the Bidens.
After a brief pause, Taylor said when it comes to impeachment, “I’m not here to take one side or the other. That’s your determination.”
“That is not what either of us are here to do,” Taylor added. “That is your job.”
In his tweet, Trump characterized the response of the two diplomats to Ratcliffe’s question this way: “Both stared straight ahead with a blank look on their face, remained silent, & were unable to answer the question.”
“That would be the end of a case run by normal people! — but not Shifty!,” Trump asserted, referring to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.).
Throughout the hearing, both Taylor and Kent expressed concerns about Trump using his office to advance his political interests.
Trump also retweeted comments from several GOP allies, including Rep. Mark Meadows (N.C.), who characterized Wednesday’s proceedings as “a MAJOR setback for the unfounded impeachment fantasy.”