In light of the diligent work The Coup Party has put into stealing the 2020 Presidential Election and defrauding the American people, I dug up an article I wrote about their attempt to impeach President Trump over a phone call he had with President Zelensky of Ukraine in which they claim President Trump bribed President Zelensky to dig up dirt on his political opponent, Vice President Joe Biden (which we now know it was Joe Biden who bribed the leaders of Ukraine to fire a prosecutor that was looking into a fraudulent business matter with Biden’s son, Hunter [who, it has been now discovered through his laptop was involved with many illegal money exchanges between Ukraine, China and other countries], or he’d refuse to pay them millions of dollars). Yeesh.
On September 26, 2019, Democrat Representative of California, and chair of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, included in his opening remarks to a Congressional DNI whistleblower hearing, the supposed transcript of the phone call between President Trump and Ukraine’s President Zelensky. This phone call is the catalyst to what then became a full fledged and partisan impeachment hearing.
Listening to the text of the supposed transcript shows a dialogue that’s sophomoric and uncomfortable. Even in moments where Schiff obviously looks for clarity in what he’s reading, he still powers through, head down and cheeks flushed. Hearing Schiff read the alleged transcript is embarrassing as poorly written. Whoever wrote this version of the transcript is lazy, didn’t do their homework, and assumed that as long as they included Trumps favorite word, “Reciprocity,” the American people would buy into it. The following is that version of the Trump/Zelenksy phone call transcript, as read by Adam Schiff. Schiff admits it’s not the exact conversation between the presidents, that it is “the essence” of what Trump says to Zelensky, but he paints an inconsolable caricature of a mafia ringleader president, shaking down a foreign country:
“In not so many words, this is the essence of what the president communicates, ‘We’ve been very good to your country, very good. No other country has done as much as we have. But you know what, I don’t see much reciprocity here. I hear what you want. I have a favor I want from you though. And I’m gonna say this only seven times so you better listen good. I want you to make up dirt on my political opponent, you understand, lots of it. On this and on that, I’m gonna put you in touch with people, not just any people, I’m gonna put you in touch with the Attorney General of the United States, my Attorney General Bill Barr. He’s got the whole weight of the American Law enforcement behind him. And I’m gonna put you in touch with Rudy, You’re gonna love him, trust me. You know what I’m asking, so I’m gonna say this a few more times, in a few more ways. And by the way, don’t call me again. I’ll call you when you’ve done what I asked.’”
This is what the chair of the House intelligence committee chose to share with members of Congress, the media, and the American people. A conversation that when House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi read remarked, “This isn’t even impeachable!” A conversation Schiff said “would be funny if it weren’t such a graphic betrayal of the president’s oath of office.”
What would be funny is if Schiff would be held liable for embellishing the president’s conversation to the point of extortion and bribery. Due to no proven intent, and an obscure rule about immunity on the House floor, Schiff is neither being held on perjury or treason charges, this point augmented by the release of the actual phone call transcript between Trump and Zelensky. The transcript shows an entirely different conversation. I encourage every thinking and engaged American and historian to read the transcript (and it’s posted below this article) as it will show nothing of the interpretation used to foment consternation, division, and the impeachment of a duly elected president. What do you think about Schiff’s parody versus the actual phone transcript? Do you think it was courageous, or inappropriate?