Schiff leaves two witnesses with exculpatory evidence out of public impeachment hearings: report
Numerous previously-deposed witnesses are scheduled to testify publicly this week in the impeachment inquiry headed by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, as part of the Democrats’ effort to remove President Donald Trump from office over the contrived Ukraine controversy.
However, Breitbart’s Joel Pollack pointed out that two particular witnesses who provided exculpatory evidence to support Trump’s case during their closed-door testimonies are noticeably absent from Schiff’s scheduled public hearings this week.
It’s unclear why the two individuals have not been called in for public testimony, and they could potentially still testify at a later date, Pollack noted.
One of the two witnesses is Catherine Croft, a special adviser on Ukraine negotiations to the National Security Council (NSC), who sat for a closed-door deposition on Oct. 30.
Croft directly rebutted two separate aspects of the Democrats’ narrative against Trump — she revealed that a hold on military aid to Ukraine in 2019 was not unique or tied to a requested investigation into Hunter Biden, and that the Obama administration had quietly expressed concerns about Hunter Biden’s position on the board of corrupt Ukrainian energy firm Burisma, similar to concerns expressed by Trump.
In the first case, Croft revealed that U.S. military aid to Ukraine was temporarily held-up by the Trump administration in 2017 for two reasons, neither of which had anything to do with the Bidens or investigations. Rather, there was justifiable concern over the anticipated reaction of the Russians — which had been the reason why the Obama administration never offered military aid — as well as the equally justifiable concern over Ukraine’s long history of corruption.
As for the second case, Croft testified that there had been some discussion “in passing” among Obama officials about Hunter Biden’s connections to Burisma and how that had the appearance of a major conflict of interest, given the fact that his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, was the lead Obama official dealing with Ukraine policy at that time.
The other previously deposed witness whose testimony could, in fact, prove helpful to President Trump and undermine the Democrats is Christopher Anderson, Croft’s predecessor at the NSC who testified on the same day in a closed-door hearing.
Though Democrats and the media have seized on Anderson’s stated concerns about the back-channel diplomatic and investigative efforts undertaken in Ukraine by Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, which he felt ran counter to the official policy on Ukraine as developed by the career bureaucrats, he also shared that there had been concerns in the Obama administration about Hunter Biden and Burisma.
He suggested such concerns were “vague” in how they were expressed, but did recall that on more than one occasion certain individuals had quietly noted their “unease” with the situation and how it might be perceived.
Schiff’s one-sided affair
Again, it is unclear why Schiff has failed to schedule these two witnesses for public testimony in his impeachment inquiry, and they certainly aren’t the only witnesses to offer up evidence that helps Trump and hurts the Democrats’ case.
It nevertheless is quite interesting and serves to support the Republican accusations that Schiff is running a one-sided “witch hunt” and is solely focused on smearing Trump for the purpose of seeing him removed from office.