Ratcliffe: No witness has used the word bribery


IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE OF BRIBERY EVIDENCED IN HIS JULY 25th CALL TRANSCRIPT WITH PRESIDENT ZELENSKY. MULTIPLE DEMOCRATIC MEMBERS OF THIS COMMITTEE GAVE TV AND RADIO INTERVIEWS OVER THE PAST WEEK DISCUSSING HOW THE PRESIDENT’S CONDUCT SUPPORTED HIS IMPEACHMENT FOR COMMITTING BRIBERY. ALL OF WHICH STRUCK ME AS VERY ODD BECAUSE FOR THE LONGEST TIME THIS WAS ALL ABOUT QUID PRO QUO ACCORDING TO THE WHISTLEBLOWER COMPLAINT. BUT AFTER WITNESS AFTER WITNESS BEGAN SAYING THERE WAS NO QUIT PRO KUO OR EVEN THAT QUID PRO QUO WAS NOT EVEN POSSIBLE, WE SAW A SHIFT FROM THE DEMOCRATS. THEY BRIEFLY STARTED TO REFER TO THE PRESIDENT’S CONDUCT ON THE JULY 25th CALL AS EXTORTION. AND NOW IT’S SHIFTED AGAIN LAST WEEK TO BRIBERY. MS. WILLIAMS, YOU USED THE WORD UNUSUAL TO DESCRIBE THE PRESIDENT’S CALL LAST — ON JULY 25th. LIEUTENANT COLONEL VINDMAN, YOU USED THE WORD INAPPROPRIATE AND IMPROPER. I’VE WORD SEARCHED EACH OF YOUR TRANSCRIPTS AND THE WORD BRIBERY OR BRIBE DOESN’T APPEAR ANYWHERE IN THAT. MS. WILLIAMS, YOU HAVE NEVER USED THE WORD BRIBERY OR BRIBE TO EXPLAIN PRESIDENT TRUMP’S CONDUCT, CORRECT?>>NO, SIR.>>COLONEL VINDMAN, YOU HAVEN’T EITHER.>>THAT IS CORRECT.>>THE PROBLEM IS, IN AN IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY THAT THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE SAYS IS ALL ABOUT BRIBERY, WHERE BRIBERY IS THE IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE, NO WITNESS HAS USED THE WORD BRIBERY TO DESCRIBE PRESIDENT TRUMP’S CONDUCT. NONE OF THEM. THESE ARE ALL OF THE DEPOSITION TRANSCRIPTS, THESE ARE JUST THE 10 THAT HAVE BEEN RELEASED. SIX WEEKS OF WITNESS INTERVIEWS IN THIS IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY, HUNDREDS OF HOURS OF TESTIMONY, THOUSANDS OF QUESTIONS ASKED, THOUSANDS OF ANSWERS GIVEN, THE NUMBER OF TIMES THAT WITNESSES HAVE BEEN ASKED ANY QUESTION ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT PRESIDENT TRUMP’S CONDUCT CONSTITUTED BRIBERY BEFORE AMBASSADOR YOVANOVITCH WAS ASKED BY MY COLLEAGUE CONGRESSMAN STEWART LAST THURSDAY IS ZERO. THE NUMBER OF TIMES WITNESSES HAVE USED THE WORD BRIBERY OR BRIBE TO DESCRIBE PRESIDENT TRUMP’S CONDUCT IN THE LAST SIX WEEKS OF THIS INQUIRY IS ZERO. IN FACT, IN THESE 3500 PAGES OF SWORN DEPOSITION TESTIMONY IN JUST THESE 10 TRANSCRIPTS RELEASED THUS FAR THE WORD BRIBERY APPEARS IN THESE 3500 PAGES EXACTLY ONE TIME AND IRONICALLY IT APPEARS NOT IN A DESCRIPTION OF PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ALLEGED CONDUCT. IT APPEARS IN THE DESCRIPTION OF VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN’S ALLEGED CONDUCT. MY COLLEAGUES WILL SAY WE NEED TO VOTE ON THE EVIDENCE ON THE IMPEACHMENT OF THE PRESIDENT FOR BRIBERY AND THEY’LL SEND A REPORT TO THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. BECAUSE THERE ARE MORE DEMOCRATS THAN REPUBLICANS IT WILL LIKELY PASS. AND WHEN THAT HAPPENS, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED TO BE CLEAR THAT WHEN THE DEMOCRATS, WHAT THEY’RE DESCRIBING AS BRIBERY, NOT A SINGLE WITNESS IS DESCRIBING AS BRIBERY. WE’VE HEARD MANY TIMES IN THE COURSE OF THIS PROCEEDING THAT THE FACTS OF THE PRESIDENT ARE NOT IN DISPUTE BUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE ASKING IF THE FACTS ARE THE SAME, WHY DO THE CRIMES THAT THE PRESIDENT IS BEING ACCUSED OF KEEP CHANGING? WHY DO WE GO FROM QUID PRO QUO, TO EXTORTION, NOW TO BRIBERY? CHAIRMAN NUNES TOLD YOU THE ANSWER. THE ANSWER IS POLLING. WASHINGTON TIMES ASKED AMERICANS WHAT WOULD BE THE MOST DAMNING ACCUSATION. IT CAME BACK BRIBERY. THIS CASE IS ALL ABOUT BRIBERY. IT’S BAD ENOUGH THAT THE DEMOCRATS TO DEFEND YOURSELF WITHOUT YOUR LAWYERS PRESENT BUT WHAT’S EVEN WORSE IS TRYING TO DEFEND YOURSELF AGAINST AN ACCUSATION THAT KEEPS CHANGING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PROCEEDING. IF DEMOCRATS ACCUSED THE PRESIDENT OF HIGH CRIME OR IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE HE OUGHT TO KNOW WHICH ONE IT IS. WHEN SPEAKER PELOSI SAYS IT’S ALL ABOUT BRIBERY SHE PROMISED OF EVIDENCE OF BRIBERY THAT WOULD BE COMPELLING AND OVERWHELMING AND INSTEAD IT’S INVISIBLE. I YIELD BACK.>>MR. CHAIRMAN, I’D LIKE TO JOIN EVERYONE IN THINKING BOTH OF OUR WITNESSES FOR YOUR SERVICE. LIEUTENANT COLONEL VINDMAN, AS

Maurice Vega

100 Responses

  1. This line of argument is so absurd. Surely you guys must know this. Fact witnesses do not decide what charges get brought or what charges apply. Can you imagine testifying that someone stole your property and getting grilled on whether or not it was a petty larceny or grand theft? Fact witnesses are there to testify about facts. Congress decides what charges apply, if any. Of course, the Republicans know this but their options for defending the President are pretty slim, so instead of having integrity they've gone all in on all manner of indefensible defenses like this. Be smarter.

  2. Ratcliffe and Jordan are systematically dismantling the Left's latest coup attempt. Schiff looks like a marionette–so bizarre.

  3. Thanks Democrats for being so focused on the crisis at the border and global warming. Oh, wait, I picked up an old newspaper by mistake. I'm sure by working together we've solved those problems by now. And now we're back to trying to pin things on Trump.

  4. What a waste of time for Ratcliffe, it is not the witnesses job to determine whether its bribery or not, that is the committee's job.

  5. The Sanhedrin, not unlike the Democrats in this time were the governing authorities in time of Jesus, The Sanhedrin ( a group of 70 people) were desperate to find a way to have Jesus killed/taken out of power. Jesus threatened their wealth and positions. Jesus had BIG RALLY'S WITH BIG CROWDS….. Sound like someone else we know?

    Jesus also hired 70 of his own priests and started his own "governing body of people" we will call them the Republicans. The Sandhedrin were reduced to paying off people in the inner circle of Jesus (Judas) and putting up false witnesses to take Jesus out of power, saying things like Jesus exorcised demons with the help of demons, they called Jesus an imposter who was connected into Satan.
    Nancy Pelosi recently called Jesus, excuse me I mean Donald Trump " An imposter" (interesting choice of words)

    The Sanhedrin also called Jesus "An Imposter" WHEN THEY THEMSELVES WERE THE IMPOSTERS.

    Ultimately The Sanhedrin with the help of The Romans used the court of public opinion to get the crowd to shout "crucify him!" They executed Jesus out of envy… Who else is trying to get the court of public opinion to render a guilty verdict, IMPEACH HIM! CRUCIFY HIM!
    Does this story familiar?

  6. All this thanks to worsed Obama created crooked shifty Schiff..sad to California voted this moron shifty schiff in congress.. what a shamed

  7. Does anyone get the impression, from this so called Impeachment of the POTUS, that the GOP Representatives are more prepared, that they are more intelligent, and surely more eloquent? Is that why Rep. Adam Shiff is not willing to give them all the information he has, is he afraid? Seriously.

  8. Technically, Trump solicited a bribe, i.e. attempted bribery. You would never ask a witness their legal opinion as to whether or not an attempted quid pro quo is bribery or is legal. QPQ may be legal, or it may be illegal bribery. This is a pretty clear case and one which would be a pretty easy winner in court against someone who does not believe he is above the law, while the rest of us don't get such a break. The real issue is that after the Russian interference the last thing we need is Trump soliciting Ukraine to interfere in 2020. That is sick. If he gets off the hook on this, he will have accomplished exactly what he wanted, smear of Biden with no repercussions.

  9. Looking at that paperwork he just pulled out pisses me off! It shows that Congress is wasting our tax money towards this BS!

  10. All I’m excited for is Election Day 2020 when we can speak again and vote Trump to continue to be our president. Silent majority here we come!

  11. I didn't think there was much of a case against President Trump but I underestimated that it would be THIS bad! OMG! So far….. NOTHING!! WOW!

  12. If, in a trail after being charged with "Theft By Deception", most witnesses and victims would not use the phrase "Theft By Deception when they described how they were cheated on conned out of their money or property. The failure of those witnesses to use the phrase "Theft By Deception" does not absolve the accused of committing that offence, nor does it alter that fact that the victims were indeed cheated or stolen from.

  13. The fact that so many people think that you need the word "bribery" for there to be a bribe is exactly what is wrong with this country.

  14. Ratcliffe's argument is irrelevant at best. The use or non-use of a particular word has nothing to do with whether or not the word is a fitting description. Pls give me a valid argument for the president's innocence. But please don't waste my time.

  15. brib·er·y.

    definition: the giving or offering (BY the Swamp) of a sum of money or other inducement (political ratings) offered or given to persuade (the DNC) to act (shamfully) in one's (corporate interests) favor, typically illegally or dishonestly, or Pelosily, or Shiffly, by a gift of money or other inducement(blackmail), to the Democratic party.

  16. I'm a democrat and I'm a liberal. I've been watching these proceedings very closely and even an anti Trump sort of guy like me is having some very serious concerns over what in the hell Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi are doing here. Something is very wrong here.

  17. I look forward to never ever voting for another DemonRat rat again in any political race whether it be local, state, and/or national election and if my local school board member running is a Democrat, I'll vote the dog catcher in instead, thanks to Adam Schitt, Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, and the list goes on and on. Just pick your favorite DemonRat turd from the increasingly wide selection of DemonRat human excrement all across the political spectrum.

  18. How many times are Republicans going to change their arguments concerning Trump. NOW, Ratcliffe is bring up the word bribery. HE is the ONLY one bringing this up. What is going to be their next argument? First the Republicans were bit*hing about having closed door meetings, then they are now bit*hing about open meetings. THEN, the Republicans said everything was hearsay. NOW, they are hearing from people who were actually listening to the phone call and still argue. I want to hear the actual call, not the transcript summary that Trump claims is the real phone transcript. Republicans need to release the phone call. However, they won't until they doctor it. The facts of Trump lying are there for Republicans to listen to and read but Republicans are refusing to believe their Dictator has lied.

  19. The democrats don’t care about anything at all but getting back in power to keep them from going right straight to prison in Trumps second term just like Hillary said will happen. The democrats are desperate but it’s to late, the American people smell it and it stinks to hell. The IG Barr will be bringing indictments very soon.

  20. Thanks Ratcliffe 👍🇺🇸👍🇺🇸 The house Democrats need to be Arrested for Treason. This is all just another demonstration of how they didn’t care cares the United States Freedom!!

  21. No reports on this man's role in the hearings have used the term "fucknuckle" but the fact remains…

  22. That’s the thing with those who are habitually dishonest. They are destined to go around and around in a series of circles. Constantly having to change and adapt because their lies are repeatedly falling to pieces. Until finally, the lies become so utterly blatant that the entire facade collapses in ruins. And the ‘truth’ is revealed for all to see.

  23. What would you call withholding military funding for a hot war until the recipient states they are investigating the president's political opponent? That is what the testimony has stated. I guess we could call it a favor if you like. If you walk into a bank and point a shotgun at the teller and say do me a favor and give men all the money, that's probably not a robbery.

  24. So thousands of people are spying on president and listening to his calls. This is so sad, dangerous, disgusting, disturbing and terrifying. President Trump shouldn't trust any of this traitors again. ⁶

  25. When there is NO contact then how is bribery?
    When there is NO whistleblower then how is bribery?

    👟👢 Adam Schiff
    👟👢Nancy Pelosi
    Pete asked if GOD Y'SHUA can strike me then let HIM strike. And I AM GOD and I do whatever you ask in MY NAME. I AM never reject your plea.
    Stricken on forehead💥

    Then Pete after stricken by GOD, said to himself "it's better to get stricken by Police and went to police for beating and got a very good lockup treatment". This treatment now continues till 2028year-end and full recycling, countless turn's.

  26. 95% of this crime spree in Ukraine is because the place is a George Soros / Fabian play ground. He uses his money to creat phony None Profit NGO Aggravators, they take money we send to help the country to advance NWO, and not Ukraine! They use kickbacks to pay off politicians in Washington to play stupid, turn heads as Soros donates heavy to DNC, Hydra, and Fabian Democratic party. Look at how rich Clinton's got, 45 million in one check, and now Obama, Biden, any one willing to be a traitor gets rich!

  27. No witness used the word bribery, extortion, or any other legal term because it isn't /wasn't their determination to make. They are witnesses, not investigators, not lawyers, not jurists, and not judges. If you see a dead person in a body of water, that is exactly what you witnessed, not a drowning, not a suicide, not a homicide; that is for someone else to determined. The same goes for any other crime, you may think/or believe what you saw/heard might be wrong, or that something bad happened, but it isn't up to you to decide the legal term. Even witnessing one man shoot another, or a person shoot a cop; it isn't your job to cry homicide, it may have been self-defence, or something else entirely. So when you write or give your statement, all you can say is exactly what you saw or heard, unless you were directly involved in the act yourself, then you may know the what, why, when, where, and how.

    So instead of deciding what happened before everything & everyone is heard, that includes (Trump, Giuliani, Barr, Pompeo, etc.) you do not know what the conclusion will be.

  28. If someone needs to use props to make a point, then you know he has a weak case. Note that none of President Trump's conducts is defended.

  29. there are lot of moment like this, anyone with healthy mentally mind set without serious bias attitude would already able to realize which is good side and which is bad.
    the sick and unhealthy mind, they would find ways to twisted and turn to convince themselves what they want to believe. thats why they will point there and use bit of here and there to reject Rep John all in 100% BOOM!
    plenty of example here… easy to pick out which has the dems mentally ill virus.
    ***this 'impeachment' hearing/inquiring is set for those dems mentally ill. every mentally stable and healthy people would get all the details straight from the main fact/evident/truth.. the exact conversation transcript. available for all. after reading who have the same OPINION with dems star witnesses, congrat, u can try to apply be their next star witness. or maybe watch all president Trump interviews, any negative opinions after watching, congrat.. go look for dems to be their witness.. thats all it takes to impeach a President. mean it will take nothing at all to have u lock up or add to Hillary's to do list.

  30. My aunt bribed my drug addict cousin. She told him he could stay at her house as long as he was clean and sober and did some basic chores while he got his act together. Trump told the Ukrainians, we will continue to give you aid, but you have to commit to addressing your corruption problems. There is no reason to give aid to a country that will allow oligarchs like the owner of Burisma to embezzle foreign aid money. Trump ran on not wasting US aid money on chump nations. New Ukraine President Zelensky ran on ending the worst corruption in Europe and possibly the world. Trump also demanded that Europe give more aid to their European ally, Ukraine.

  31. A person commits the crime of bribery by giving or offering a public official or public employee something of value in return for some official action (or in exchange for the public official not doing something he or she is legally obligated to do), benefitting the defendant.
    So yes Trump committed bribery.

  32. The dems continue to make a mockery of this country……blatently lie everytime they open thier mouths…..but nothing happens. Im done with republicans too….spineless and currupt….all of them. This country has become a joke.

  33. The witnesses are mostly career officials who seem to think they own policy. Anyone who breaks their paradigm cannot be tolerated ,, we are seeing the deep state at work,, this is a process owners complaint session. A joke,, and they should join the clockwise sucking motion generated by depressing The handle attached to a ceramic object.

  34. ALL MY DEMOCRAT NEIGHBORS HAVE TOLD ME THEY'RE CHANGING THEIR PARTY TO REPUBLICAN AND THE REASON IS BECAUSE THE DEMOCRAT PARTY IS SHAMING THEM WITH THEIR IDIOCY MY CLOSEST NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR TOLD ME THAT HE HAS BEEN A DEMOCRAT ALL HIS LIFE AND THE PARTY HAS TURNED THEIR BACK ON THEIR OWN BASE THAT THEY'RE NO LONGER RECOGNIZED AS AN AMERICAN SUPPORTING ORGANIZATION THEY HAVE BECOME SOCIALIST…!!!

  35. Oh they got them…. I mean biden lol… Funny oboma taps phones than when biden son is embezzled millions and ots a crime to investigate? We give tjat country millions and billions and FLINT HAS LEAD WATER MY HAIR AND TEETH FALLING OUT. It makes me sick to see a american steal money.

  36. This is embarrassing. This is a slap in the face to every single tax payer. Wasted money and time. Democrats are unAmerican.

  37. Radcliffe: No witness has used the word supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Trump is therefore innocent of all these made up truths.

  38. Nancy Pelosi is unfit to be Speaker of the House she needs to be removed the chaotic conversations that she has and most of them make no sense she's unfit she is mentally unfit mentally unstable to be the Speaker of the House as an American I approve to remove an impeached Nancy Pelosi as of yesterday

  39. All the dems who pushed for this should have to resign and foot the bill for this waste of time and money. Those tax payer dollars could of been used to, idk, repave my street that has had a foot deep pothole in the middle of it for months….

  40. Kudos to Rep. John Ratcliffe for destroying Nancy Pelosi's and Adam Schiff's justification for impeaching Pres. Trump. Great work, Congressman Ratcliffe. 👍💪😎

  41. Dems have done nothing for America but harass Trump, Trump has shown himself to be a tough leader and I will be voting for him in 2020.

  42. We have the transcript. So do we need to hear these peoples "opinion" if the law was broken? We have the transcript. . . Also, those that did not hear the call are not witnesses, they are rumor mongers and gossiping at best

  43. "I followed the directions of the President," said Sondland. Later, he added: "Everyone was in the loop. It was no secret. Everyone was informed via email on July 19, days before the Presidential call. As I communicated to the team, I told President Zelensky in advance that assurances to 'run a fully transparent investigation' and 'turn over every stone' were necessary in his call with President Trump."

  44. The President Donald Trump is “Guilty, guilty as Sin!”
    If there is Really a God(American Evangelical Actions, is full Proof that there is None/God), Donald Trump would be forever Rotissering in Hell.

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