Republican Congressman John Ratcliffe brought more than 3,500 pages of sworn testimony and hearing depositions with him to Tuesday morning’s House Intelligence Committee hearing with Office of the Vice President Special Advisor Jennifer Williams and Ukrainian specialist and former National Security Council advisor Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman.
The stacks and stacks of paper were to make one point and one point only: Democrats are changing the allegations against President Trump on a whim—from “quid pro quo” to “extortion” to “bribery.”
Ratcliffe, placing the 3,500 sheets of papers up on the desk in front of him explained that through dozens of witness testimony, hundreds of hours of these testimonies and in thousands of questions asked and answers given in these testimonies, only once does the word bribery ever appear.
The word is not ever used to describe President Trump’s behavior, but it is used to describe former Vice President Joe Biden’s.
Ratcliffe noted that Democrats have never asked a witness about whether or not Trump’s actions, specifically in a call between him and Ukrainian President Zelensky, constituted bribery.
Check it out:
In the 3,500 pages of transcripts released so far, there was only one reference to bribery. Ironically to describe Vice President Biden’s conduct, not President Trump’s.
Why did we go from quid pro quo to extortion now to bribery? The answer is polling. pic.twitter.com/2ypnc6HyDT
— John Ratcliffe (@RepRatcliffe) November 19, 2019
"No witness has used the term 'bribery' to describe President Trump's conduct. None of them."
In 3,500 pages of testimony, "the word 'bribery' appears … exactly one time. And ironically … it appears in the description of Vice President Biden's alleged conduct." pic.twitter.com/h0YJzD8X6N
— Trump War Room (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@TrumpWarRoom) November 19, 2019
Pelosi now claims this charade is all about "bribery."⁰
The problem with that focus-group-tested narrative? No witness has used the word "bribery" to describe @realDonaldTrump's conduct.
In fact, "bribery" has only ever been mentioned in the context of Biden's alleged conduct. pic.twitter.com/6RZKgFPV48
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) November 19, 2019
Fox News reports the shift Democrats made from “quid pro quo” to “bribery” was the result of an internal poll among Democratic voters as to which sounded more damaging:
Democrats are shifting the language they use to describe the allegations against President Trump in the House impeachment inquiry. And that change has come after the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee recently conducted focus groups to determine which description sounds more damning to voters, Fox News has confirmed. The Washington Post first reported the focus groups.
The paper said the DCCC conducted these focus groups in key House battlegrounds and asked participants whether “quid pro quo,” “extortion” or “bribery” was more compelling. “Bribery” was determined to be more effective.
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) November 19, 2019
What an image.
Ratcliffe stacks piles of testimony on his desk in the impeachment inquiry noting that nowhere in the testimony was the word "bribery" mentioned – even though that is what Dems will try to impeach Trump on.
Total savage move pic.twitter.com/N4nryUK23E
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) November 19, 2019
BOOM:@RepRatcliffe nails exactly why this impeachment circus is a SHAM
Nancy Pelosi wants to impeach the president for "bribery"
The word bribery has appeared only once in THOUSANDS of pages of testimony from just 10 witnesses
In reference to whom?
But Joe Biden pic.twitter.com/yEksjTysJk
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) November 19, 2019
GOP TX Rep Ratcliffe notes that in the nearly 4,000 pages of deposition transcripts, the word "bribery" appears only once – in reference to Biden. W/Pelosi poster as a backdrop, Ratcliffe then asked Vindman/Williams if they believe they witnessed bribery. Both answer “no"
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) November 19, 2019
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff responded to the line of questioning and the gesture by saying fact witnesses did not use the term “bribery” as they should not be adding their own legal interpretation of Trump’s actions, but only present what they witnessed at the moment.
Schiff failed to address why Democratic members who carried out the questioning did not ask about the charge or previously mention it—at all.Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.