by Debra Heine
During an interview with Fox News Friday morning, President Trump called for a Senate trial should the House vote to impeach him, and declared that the so-called “whistleblower” and Hunter Biden should be called to testify. The president added that there was one particular witness he wanted to see most of all.
“There’s only one person I want more than ‘Where’s Hunter?’ and that is Adam Schiff,” Trump said.
The president called into “Fox & Friends” after a week of tedious impeachment hearings not only failed to prove the president committed a crime, Democrats couldn’t even settle on the crime he supposedly committed. Was it a finance violation? A quid pro quo? Extortion? Bribery? Obstruction of justice? The president’s critics didn’t come close to proving any of these, as even devoted NeverTrumper Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) admitted.
The president blasted the Rep. Schiff’s (D-CA) fabricated reading of his perfectly cordial phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, and challenged his claims about the whistleblower. “I want to see Adam Schiff testify about the whistleblower,” Trump said.
The president also said he wants to hear from the “fake whistleblower,”who filed a “false report” on his July 25 call with the Ukrainian president.
“I want the whistleblower, who put in a false report, to testify,” Trump said, adding that he believes the individual [widely believed to be anti-Trump, pro-Obama CIA analyst Eric Ciaramella] “is a political operative.”
Trump blasted the impeachment inquiry as “a continuation of the witch hunt” and downplayed the impact of the parade of Never-Trumpers who testified.
“There’s nothing there,” Trump declared, claiming “there should never be an impeachment” and he “doesn’t know” the majority of the witnesses.
After meeting with GOP senators on Thursday, the president seemed eager to see the process move to the Senate—should the House vote to impeach—because the Senate would provide the GOP with an opportunity to call additional witnesses— including Hunter Biden and especially Schiff.
“Frankly, I want a trial,” he said. Trump’s desire to have a corrupt Ukrainian energy firm investigated prompted the Democrats to launch their impeachment charade because former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter are implicated in the company’s corruption.
Ukraine’s top prosecutor announced Wednesday that the country is widening its investigation into the founder of Burisma Holdings, the natural gas firm where Hunter Biden held a lucrative role on the board while his father, as vice president, was leading Ukraine policy and “anti-corruption” efforts for the Obama administration.
The president’s request for investigations came after the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) had temporarily frozen millions in U.S. military aid to Ukraine as part of a reprogramming process meant to curb wasteful spending, but before Ukraine was aware that it had been frozen.
Democrats have tried to prove that the president halted the funding to pressure the Ukraine government to “dig up dirt on his political opponent.” The money was released on September 11, after the OMB had completed its reprogramming of foreign aid funds, an OMB official told American Greatness.
The president told the Fox and Friends hosts that he “only had a couple of conversations” with ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, who on Wednesday testified that there was, in fact, a “quid pro quo” tying a White House meeting to the push for investigations. He later admitted under withering GOP questioning that he never heard that directly from Trump and was basing it on his “own presumption.”
Trump went on to blast State Department official David Holmes, who testified on Thursday that he overheard a conversation between Trump and Sondland on July 26.
“How about that guy with the telephone? I guarantee that never took place,” Trump said. “I have really good hearing and I’ve watched guys for 40 years making phone calls and I can’t hear the other side.”
Trump also trash-talked U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who testified before the committee last week, calling her “an Obama person,” and saying she was “rude.”
“This was not an angel, this woman, and okay, there were a lot of things she did that I didn’t like. But I just want you to know, this is not a baby we’re dealing with,” Trump said.
The president expressed confidence in the GOP’s ability to stay unified as the Dems’ impeachment charade proceeds.
“The Republican Party has never been more unified,” Trump said. “In the Senate and the House, Mitch [McConnell], Lindsey [Graham], I could name 20 names up there.”
He added: “The Republicans, I have never seen anything like it, they’re sticking together.”
The president also touched on Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’ upcoming report on alleged abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which is expected to be released Dec. 9.
“What they have coming out is historic,” Trump said. “These people are sick,” he added, in reference to the deep state operatives who plotted to take him down.
On Thursday, multiple news reports said that Horowitz had found evidence that an FBI lawyer manipulated a key investigative document related to the FBI’s secretive surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
Sources told Fox News last month that U.S. Attorney John Durham’s separate, ongoing probe into potential FBI and Justice Department misconduct in the run-up to the 2016 election through the spring of 2017 has transitioned into a full-fledged criminal investigation — and that Horowitz’s report will shed light on why Durham’s probe has become a criminal inquiry.
Durham has reportedly taken up Horowitz’s findings concerning the falsified FISA document, meaning the ex-FBI lawyer who made the changes is now under criminal investigation. Reports, though, indicated, that the document was not central to the legality of the FISA warrant obtained against Page.
“This was spying on my campaign, something that has never been done,” Trump said. “This was an overthrow attempt at the presidency.”
He added that the findings are “just starting to come out” and “this is nothing compared to what you’re going to see in the next couple of weeks.”
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Debra Heine is a conservative Catholic mom of six and longtime political pundit. She has written for several conservative news websites over the years, including Breitbart and PJ Media.