There were two stories that spread like a brushfire regarding the Trump-Ukraine impeachment hearing today—and both of them were prime cut fake news. It was total nonsense. It exposed once again that the liberal media is terrible at covering this White House and why impeachment continues to be a story after multiple witnesses have undercut the entirety of the Democrats’ quid pro quo allegation that set off this whole circus.
We have some whistleblower, who is a reported CIA agent and a registered Democrat alleged that President Trump threatened to withhold military aid unless the Ukrainians opened a corruption probe into Hunter Biden’s board position at Burisma. Oh, and this so-called whistleblower worked with a 2020 Democratic candidate and contacted Rep. Adam Schiff’s (D-CA) staff prior to filing the complaint. Schiff, the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, knows this person. He’s lied about not having contact, so you know all of this is on the up-and-up and done to maintain the integrity of our institutions—yes, I’m being sarcastic.
This quid pro quo allegation is even weaker than the Russian collusion myth. Yet, you’d never know that after Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin blasted out some fake news saying former special prosecutor Kenneth Starr said Sondland’s hearing shows there is proof that Trump committed bribery in a bombshell day. I’m paraphrasing, but she didn’t know Starr was merely citing Schiff’s opinion on the matter, something that he also mentioned. Griffin later deleted the tweet and offered a clarification, but those almost never get the attention as the initial post.
This description of what was said is wrong— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) November 20, 2019
Starr was talking about Chairman Adam Schiff’s words
Starr: “Substantively, what we heard from the Chairman just now is ‘it’s over,’ I mean this is his position, ‘we now know that the president in fact committed the crime of bribery’” https://t.co/aR5Al1EDx7 pic.twitter.com/0BLKNwiGcQ
I have deleted a tweet that caused confusion in not providing clear context for what Ken Starr actually said on Fox News during impeachment break and added a clarification with full transcript. Please see clarification.— Jennifer Griffin (@JenGriffinFNC) November 20, 2019
CLaRIFICATION: More of what Ken Starr told @BillHemmer: “It leads me there will be articles of impeachment...substantively what we heard from the Chairman just now, ‘It’s over. We now know, I mean this is his position, that the president in fact committed the crime of bribery ... https://t.co/9bMeBAvZqV— Jennifer Griffin (@JenGriffinFNC) November 20, 2019
Starr quoting Schiff: “It’s over. We now know, I mean this is his position, that the President in fact committed the crime of bribery for something of value.’ That’s litigable, but I think the articles of impeachment are being drawn up, if they haven’t already been drawn up....”— Jennifer Griffin (@JenGriffinFNC) November 20, 2019
“And so it depends will it be bipartisan and so forth. So this is obviously one of those bombshell days,” Ken Starr.— Jennifer Griffin (@JenGriffinFNC) November 20, 2019
Then, Associated Press tweeted that Trump “contradicted” Sondland by saying that he wanted “nothing” from Ukraine. Problem: that turned out to be true, Trump was quoting the testimony from his own ambassador. AP then deleted the tweet. It’s bad, folks. Trump Derangement Syndrome has so blinded the liberal media to the point where the only people they’re hurting is themselves with these antics. Democracy I guess can die in darkness if those who think they’re superheroes of the press consistently act like idiots. It’s pathetic.
Ambassador Sondland admits there is NO evidence of a link between security aid and a public statement from Ukraine. It was merely his "guess".— Trump War Room (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@TrumpWarRoom) November 20, 2019
This tweet from the AP is false— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) November 20, 2019
Trump was literally quoting Sondland's testimony
Expect an avalanche of lies from the media over the next 24-48 hours in response to Sondland's testimony
The media wants to make his testimony as damaging as possible for Trump https://t.co/8e3UcTBND5 pic.twitter.com/6rTortA3j8
Sondland quite literally testified that Trump told him "?? ???????? ??????????????, ?? ???????? ??????????????. ?? ???????? ???? ???????? ?????? ??????."— Andrew Clark (@AndrewHClark) November 20, 2019
It is actually the opposite of a contradiction.
This is fake news. Be vigilant, everyone. The fake news is on fire today. https://t.co/p8r4H42wTz