CNS: While Democrats are now accusing President Donald Trump of bribery, the thirty-five hundred pages of sworn deposition testimony released so far reveal only one mention of the word “bribery” – and it’s used to describe the alleged conduct of former Vice President Joe Biden, Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) said Tuesday.
During Tuesday’s House Intelligence Committee impeachment inquiry, Rep. Ratcliffe noted how Democrats’ charge against Trump has morphed, from “quid pro quo” to “extortion” to, currently, “bribery”:
“For the longest time, this was all about ‘quid pro quo,’ according to the whistleblower complaint. But, after witness after witness began saying that there was no quid pro quo, 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 24th call as extortion. And, now, it’s shifted again last week, to bribery.”
Democrat witnesses Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and Vice President Mike Pence’s aide, Jennifer Williams, testified to Rep. Ratcliffe that they have never used the term “bribery” or “bribe” in their previous testimony regarding Pres. Trump’s conduct.
Ratcliffe, then, produced the thirty-five hundred printed pages of testimony from the ten transcripts of the closed-door hearings that have been released, noting that they do not contain even a single reference to Pres. Trump committing bribery: MORE