Rep. Chris Stewart said Wednesday that the first public impeachment hearings in the House Intelligence Committee did not reveal any dramatic information.
“There is not a single person that watched this and said to themselves, holy cow. There weren’t any surprises or any bombshells,” said Stewart to Fox News’ Laura Ingraham. “I think the Democrats set this up like Watergate. They expected John Dean to appear and have this dramaticmoment where people listen andsay this is a real problem.It’s not going to materialize. There are no surprises coming.”
The House Intelligence Committee heard testimony from Ambassador William Taylor and deputy assistant secretary of state George Kent about whether President Donald Trump improperly withheld military aid to Ukraine in order to pressure the newly-elected president of that country to dig up dirt on his political rivals.
Ambassador Taylor offered new testimony on Wednesday that he had only recently learned of a telephone call in July overheard by one of his aides where President Trump seemed preoccupied with convincing Ukraine to dig up political dirt on Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. Taylor also shocked several committee members when he said that same aide was told President Trump cared more about “investigations of Biden” than he did about Ukraine.
Despite the dramatic revelation from Taylor, Stewart predicted the public hearings will have little to no impact.
“I think one week from now afterabout a half a dozen of these,most Americans are going to say,is that all?You’re going to remove the president of theUnited States less than a yearfrom the election, over this? I just don’t think it’s going to sell,” he said.
Stewart also cast doubt on the motives of Ambassador Taylor and secretary Kent in regards to their views toward Ukraine.
“I had acouple of people text me and theysaid, they seemeddisproportionately concernedwith the Ukrainian interestversus America’s interest.I’m not saying they actuallyfeel that way but they certainlyhad that as a priority for them.They are individuals whoseresponsibility is to carry outthe policies of the duly electedpresident of the United States.Regardless of who that is, theydon’t get to say I disagree.And I think that’s what theywere concerned about as much asanything.It wasn’t necessarily that theylove it Ukraine more than theU.S. But they were offended thatthe president’s policies weredifferent than they thought itshould be,” said Stewart.