House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes delivered another scathing opening statement Thursday.
But instead of targeting the media, this time he aimed his fury at congressional Democrats and their unsubstantiated allegations that President Donald Trump “got caught” committing bribery, extortion, quid pro quo and whatever other crimes.
According to Nunes, the truth is that it’s the Democrats who “got caught.”
“I once again urge Americans to consider the credibility of the Democrats on this committee who are now hurling these charges For the last three years, it’s not President Trump who got caught, it’s the Democrats who got caught,” he said.
Listen to his opening statement below:
The statement began with the ranking member arguing that the president has committed no wrongdoing.
“How do we have an impeachment offense here when there’s no actual misdeed and no one even claiming to be a victim?” he asked. “The Democrats have tried to solve this dilemma with a simple slogan: He got caught.”
In fact, House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff issued this very accusation two days earlier:
Schiff is killing his close. “He got caught!” pic.twitter.com/ddSPqVRjsL
— Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) November 20, 2019
The dubious claim is that Trump “got caught” purposefully withholding military aid from Ukraine as part of a devious scheme to force the European nation into launching investigations into his political opponents. Except those investigations were never launched, and Ukraine received its money without any problems.
“President Trump, we are to believe, was just about to do something wrong, and getting caught was the only reason he backed down from whatever nefarious thought-crime the Democrats are accusing him of almost committing,” Nunes continued before dovetailing to his key point about it being the Democrats “who got caught.”
As evidence, he cited everything from the debunked Russian collusion delusion conspiracy theory that they gleefully touted for three years straight to their unscrupulous handling of the partisan whistleblower complaint:
♦ “They got caught falsely claiming they had more than circumstantial evidence that Trump colluded with the Russians to hack the 2016 elections.”
♦ “They got caught orchestrating this entire farce with the Whistleblower and lying about their secret meetings with him.”
♦ “They got caught defending the false allegations of the Steele dossier, which was paid for by the Democrats.”
♦ “They got caught breaking their promise that impeachment would only go forward with bipartisan support because of how damaging it is to the American people.”
♦ “They got caught running a sham impeachment process featuring secret depositions, hidden transcripts, and an unending flood of Democrat leaks.”
♦ “They got caught trying to obtain nude photos of President Trump from Russian pranksters pretending to be Ukrainians.”
♦ “And they got caught covering up for Alexandra Chalupa — a Democratic National Committee operative who colluded with Ukrainian officials to smear the Trump campaign — by improperly redacting her name from deposition transcripts and refusing to let Americans hear her testimony as a witness in these proceedings.”
“That is the Democrats’ pitiful legacy in recent years: They. Got. Caught,” he added.
Meanwhile, he continued, the accusations that have been levied against the president by the Democrats’ star witnesses have all been based on second-hand information and hearsay.
“Ladies and gentlemen, unless the Democrats once again scramble their kangaroo court rules, today’s hearing marks the merciful end of this spectacle in the Impeachment Committee, formerly known as the Intelligence Committee,” he added.
“Whether the Democrats reap the political benefit they want from this impeachment remains to be seen. But the damage they have done to this country will be long-lasting.”
He argued for instance that the Democrats’ impeachment drive has “pitted Americans against one another” in ways not seen before.
Even Fox News personalities Judge Jeanine Pirro and Juan Williams have become caught up in the loud, endless bickering:
‘Do not go there!’ Judge Jeanine and Juan Williams get into heated shouting match on ‘The Five’ https://t.co/PrOwcTK4qe
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) November 19, 2019
Nunes concluded his opening statement by sharing his hope that the impeachment drive ends “as quickly as possible so our nation can begin to heal the many wounds it has inflicted on us.”
His powerful testimony Thursday came just a day after he delivered another opening statement in which he read off a veritable laundry list of “asinine” Democrat conspiracy theories.
These debunked claims included allegations that Trump was blackmailed by Russia via his relationship with Deutsche Bank, that Trump laundered Russian money through real estate deals, that the Russians laundered money to Trump through the National Rifle Association, etc.
“It’s a long list of false charges, and that’s merely a partial list,” the ranking member said during the hearing of Gordon D. Sondland, the American ambassador to the European Union.
“Clearly, these ludicrous accusations don’t reflect committee members who are honestly searching for the truth. They are the actions of partisan extremists who hijacked the Intelligence Committee, transformed it into an Impeachment Committee, abandoned its core oversight functions, and turned it into a beachhead for ousting an elected President from office.”
Listen to his laundry list below: