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Democrats in the House Judiciary Committee repeated a talking point throughout this week’s debate over articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump: he never cared about corruption in Ukraine before the Bidens.
They were able to do so because Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) declined to bring a key witness to public hearings: Catherine Croft, the State Department’s special adviser for Ukraine negotiations, who had only testified behind closed doors.
The article goes on to state the following:
There were other witnesses who didn’t make the cut, such as White House Office of Management and Budget Mark Sandy, who only testified once public hearings were already under way, and whose transcript was not released until they were done. Sandy offered exculpatory testimony that the only reason officials were given for the hold on aid to Ukraine was that the president was concerned about other countries, especially in Europe, not paying their share.
Croft’s testimony may have been helpful to the president “for several reasons,” Breitbart notes.
Croft testified that Trump held up aid to Ukraine in late 2017, before the U.S. started providing weapons, and that Trump had been “so irritated about corruption in Ukraine that he literally lectured former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in front of his own delegation, telling him his country was corrupt and it should pay its own way.”
From Croft’s testimony:
“In July 2017, as the Trump administration was considering overturning the ban on providing Ukraine defensive weapons I was asked to join the National Security Council staff at the White House. As the director covering Ukraine, I staffed the President’s December 2017 decision to provide Ukraine with javelin anti-tank missile systems. I also staffed to the September 2017 meeting with then-President Poroshenko on the margins of the U.N. General Assembly. Throughout both, I heard, directly and indirectly, President Trump describe Ukraine as a corrupt country.
“During my time at the NSC, I received multiple calls from lobbyist Robert Livingston who told me that Ambassador Yovanovitch should be fired. He characterized Ambassador Yovanovitch as a, quote, “Obama holdover” end quote, and associated with George Sorros.”
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