North Dakota Representative Kelly Armstrong brought up an excellent point during today’s impeachment hearing, explaining to the members of the committee who the real victim in this whole ordeal is.
“We managed to make it until 5:00 today until we talk to the alleged victim of the crime,” Armstrong said. “And that’s President Zelensky.”
Democrats fail to mention time and time again that the President of Ukraine has, on numerous occasions, stated that there was no blackmail, or “quid pro quo”, and insisting that there was puts his job at risk.
Armstrong continued by saying that “we have the alleged victim of quid pro quo, bribery, extortion, and whatever we are doing now today repeatedly and adamantly shouting from the rooftops that he never felt pressure, that he was not the victim of anything.”
Are Democrats insisting that the President of Ukraine is so weak, that he’s lying when he says he didn’t feel any pressure from President Trump to do anything? Essentially, yes.
Here’s the entire statement from Rep. Armstrong:
“MR. CHAIR ALL DAY LONG WE’VE BEEN SITTING HERE ACROSS THE AISLE AND CLAIMING THAT THE PRESIDENT DEMANDED UKRAINE DO US A FAVOR. BY ASSISTING IN 2020 RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN BEFORE HE WOULD RELEASE THE MILITARY AID. THIS IS LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE IN THE SHAM IMPEACHMENT AND NOT BET ARE BASED ON THE, AND IT DOES, HOWEVER, SHOW THAT THE ASSISTANCE TO THE ONGOING INVESTIGATION INTO THE 16 ELECTION. THOSE INVESTIGATIONS AND PARTICULARLY THE ONE BEING RUN AND IT SHOULD CONCERN DEMOCRATS AND THE PRESIDENT WAS RELATING TO THE 2016 ELECTION. WE KNOW THIS, AND NOTICE I’M USING THE WORD NO AND NOT THE WORD INFER FROM READING THE TRANSCRIPT AND BECAUSE YOU SPOKE ABOUT IT ENDING WITH MUELLER. WE KNOW THIS BECAUSE HE WANTS THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO GET IN TOUCH WITH THE UKRAINIANS ABOUT THE ISSUE. AND THESE FACTS ARE INCONVENIENT FOR DEMOCRATS AND THEY DON’T FIT THE NARRATIVE SO THEY’RE MISREPRESENTED OR IGNORED AND I IT IS IMPORTANT TO TALK ABOUT THIS, BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT, CLEAR AND CONVINCING EVIDENCE OF A QUASI JUDICIAL HEARING AND WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THE ISSUES AND I THINK WE NEED TO START WITH HOW WE LOOK AT IT, AND I’M NOT A CONSTITUTIONAL LAW PROFESSOR. I’M JUST AN OLD CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY AND WHEN I WALK INTO A COURTROOM THEY THINK OF THREE THINGS AND WHAT’S THE CRIME CHARGE. WHAT’S THE CONDUCT AND WHO IS THE VICTIM? WE MANAGED TO MAKE IT UNTIL 5:00 TODAY UNTIL WE TALK TO THE ALLEGED VICTIM OF THE CRIME AND THAT’S PRESIDENT ZELENSKY. THREE DIFFERENT TIMES AND HE’S DENIED BEING PRESSURED BY THE PRESIDENT. THE CALL SHOWS LAUGHTER, PLEASANTRIES AND CORDIALITY. SEPTEMBER 25th, PRESIDENT ZELENSKY STATES WE HAD A GOOD PHONE CALL. IT WAS NORMAL AND WE SPOKE ABOUT MANY THINGS AND I THINK YOU READ IT AND NOBODY PUSHED ME. OCTOBER 10th, PRESIDENT ZELENSKY HAD A PRESS CONFERENCE AND I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO WATCH IT, AND 90% OF THE COMMUNICATIONS IS NON-VERBAL. THERE WAS NO BLACKMAIL. DECEMBER 2nd, THIS MONDAY, INEVER TALKED TO THE PRESIDENT FROM THE POSITION OF QUID PRO QUO. SO WE HAVE THE ALLEGED VICTIM OF QUID PRO QUO, BRIBERY, EXTORTION AND WHATEVER WE ARE DOING NOW TODAY REPEATEDLY AND ADAMANTLY SHOUTING FROM THE ROOFTOPS THAT HE NEVER FELT PRESSURE, THAT HE WAS NOT THE VICTIM OF ANYTHING. SO IN ORDER FOR THIS WHOLE THING TO STICK, WE HAVE TO BELIEVE THAT PRESIDENT ZELENSKY IS A PATHOLOGICAL LIAR OR THAT THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT AND THE COUNTRY ARE SO WEAK THAT HE HAS NO CHOICE, BUT TO PARADE HIMSELF OUT THERE FOR THE GOOD OF HIS COUNTRY. EITHER OF THESE WEAKENS HIS COUNTRIES AND HARMS OUR EFFORTS TO HELP THE UKRAINE AND ALSO BEGS THE QUESTION OF HOW ON EARTH DID PRESIDENT ZELENSKY WITHSTAND THIS ILLEGAL AND IMPEACHABLE PRESSURE TO BEGIN WITH BECAUSE THIS FACT STILL HAS NOT CHANGED. THE AID WAS RELEASED AND DID NOT TAKE ACTION FOR THEM IN ORDZ TORE FLOW. WITH THAT I YIELD TO MR. JORDAN.”