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Bill Flores Discusses This Week in Washington

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WASHINGTON, D.C. , November 15, 2019 | Andre Castro (202-225-6105) | comments

U.S. Representative Bill Flores (R-Texas) issued the following statement regarding the House Democrats’ public impeachment hearings:   

"This week, House Democrats continued with their hyper-partisan impeachment process. After weeks of closed-door proceedings in the basement of the Capitol, Democrats moved this sham process into the public spotlight. As this circus takes over the House, Americans need to remember the following facts which contradict the Democrats’ false impeachment narrative. First, the transcript of the July 25 call shows no conditionality or evidence of any pressure placed on Ukrainian President Zelensky. Second, both President Trump and President Zelensky have stated there was no pressure on the call. Third, at the time of the call, the Ukrainian government was unaware of any hold on U.S. security assistance to their country. And fourth, the aid was ultimately released, and the Ukrainian government did not have to take any action for the aid to flow. The transcripts of the calls between President Trump and President Zelensky on April 21 and July 25 support these facts.

"The testimony of every witness that appeared during this week’s public hearings were wholly based upon hearsay and they provided no evidence of impeachable offenses by the president.  What is even more concerning is that Democrats are still refusing to allow Republicans to subpoena witnesses who have critical testimony to share that is based upon firsthand evidence.  They are also obstructing efforts to have the ‘whistleblower’ testify, even behind closed doors if necessary. Even though Adam Schiff and other Democrats collaborated with the ‘whistleblower’ before that person’s complaint to the Intelligence Community Inspector General, they are intent on pushing forward without hearing testimony from the person who initiated this entire charade. Either the Democrats are scared of the truth, or they do not want the American public to know the truth. Based upon a series of January 2017 tweets from the ‘whistleblower’s’ lawyer, Mark Zaid, in which he predicted a ‘coup’ against President Trump and promised to ‘get rid of him’, as well as the current House Democrats sideshow, it appears that they will stop at nothing to remove a lawfully elected president and to disenfranchise the tens of millions of voters who supported him. 

"Unfortunately, this sideshow is eating up the House calendar, which has only 12 legislative days left before the end of the year. More importantly, there is less than a week until federal government funding expires. Ignoring these facts, Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats are refusing to address critical issues, including passage of the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), funding our military and border security operations, funding the federal government, addressing prescription drug prices, and addressing other critical issues. This is shameful legislative malpractice and hardworking Texas families deserve better."

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