On Episode 50 of War Room: Impeachment, Raheem Kassam breaks down a recent article in the Guardian.
The Guardian article, entitled Not Just the Facts: Republicans’ Top Six Impeachment Falsehoods, went through what the publication deemed to be lies propagated by Trump’s supporters: Trump is an anti-corruption champion, the witnesses are a cabal, the Ukraine scheme was foreign policy, Trump saying ‘no quid pro quo’ is exculpatory, no evidence of a Ukraine scheme, and the whistleblower is missing.
“Let’s start at the top,” Kassam began. “Trump is an anti-corruption champion… Apparently we’re not allowed to make the argument that Trump was looking out for corruption.”
“The answer is this: Trump is obviously the President of the United States, the Secretary of State reports to the President of the United States. And the way that the United States has handled foreign aid over the course of the last three years has been fundamentally different. It’s not just chucking buckets of cash out there anymore. It’s simply not the case – you have to meet a certain standard.”
Kassam explains further: “[President Trump] doesn’t necessarily think it’s the United States’ job to wag fingers at other countries and say ‘this is how we do it and therefore this is how you do it.’ But, hey, if we can stop exporting U.S. corruption, U.S. crony capitalism- Here’s the only question that needs to be asked in answer to something like this. Which one of these two guys – Joe Biden or President Trump’s family – took hundreds of millions of dollars from Ukraine?…That puts in people’s minds the very distinct difference between Trump acting on the interest of the American public versus the Biden’s who were acting in their self-serving interest to extract things from – as Ernst & Young calls it – the third most corrupt country in the world.”
Kassam then moved on to the Guardian’s second contention: the witnesses are a cabal.
“They say that these people aren’t part of the same career permanent political class…Let’s be very, very, abundantly clear about who these people are. They go through the career foreign service track. They are taught that it is their policies, that it is the permanent political class’ policies, that are the ones that are to be implemented in a departmental level, at an ambassadorial level… They are taught specifically to fight against the interest of the United States on the world stage and fight instead in the interest of the ideology of the permanent political class.”
Kassam then added, further debunking the Guardian‘s claim the witnesses are not a cabal: “It’s no surprise that they all happened to know each other, right… They have the same lawyers, they drink at the same bars – there is an outright cabal.”
The third supposed Republican ‘falsehood,’ according to the Guardian, is the Ukraine scheme was a foreign policy.
“This is key,” Kassam emphasized. “They say this was a domestic political errand, not national security as it pertained to Ukraine… Ukraine scheme not being foreign policy is a manifest falsehood.”
“And you know it’s a manifest falsehood because there have been so many things that have gone on in Ukraine since 2013 that it is impossible for the President not to have a directly formulated foreign policy on this; it’s impossible for him not to understand when the U.S. is giving four hundred million dollars; it’s impossible not to understand the geopolitical ramifications of giving javelin antitank missiles when Russia is knocking at the door; and it’s impossible not to have a foreign policy on this when you are repeatedly asked to talk to, to meet with, and to work with the new president who’s elected on anticorruption measures after the last president was kick out – guess why – for promising to be anticorruption then turning out to be corrupt himself.”
The fourth so-called ‘falsehood’ is: Trump saying ‘no quid pro quo’ is exculpatory.
“They say that [Trump] saying ‘no quid pro quo’ to Sondland does not mean there was no misconduct… They say that President Trump made this claim because he was caught in a lie and therefore he released the aid and made this claim. But actually, they knew about the whistleblower a full thirty days before – you don’t panic thirty days later, you panic the day after.”
“The justification is very, very simple. President Trump hears that these [House] committees are going to investigate the halting of aid, and President Trump knows himself that he hasn’t asked for anything in response to this aid. He wants to call the person that he’s spoken to, in this case Ambassador Sondland, and make very clear that he never asked for anything ever… The whole timeline that takes us up to this event is people presuming and inferring as Bill Taylor did in his testimony, as Fiona Hill said, as Ambassador Sondland said, as George Kent said – none of them ever heard the President say he ever wanted something in return. There was a lot of presumption.”
“Number five: no evidence of a Ukraine scheme. Now this is a bit of a straw man as far as the Guardian is concerned. This isn’t something that Republicans are necessarily saying themselves, but it’s something I think the Guardian wishes Republicans were saying more.”
“And number six: the whistleblower is missing. Now, I think the whistleblower is a pretty big part of this whole thing and the whistleblower needs to be heard from. Because, number one, you face your accuser. In any non banana republic you get to face your accuser. Number two, the whistleblower [is] heavily tied to Biden, heavily tied to the people formerly on the NSC, heavily tied to Barack Obama. And it makes common sense that for Adam Schiff to be the front-liner of this is a very terrible thing. It undermines the whole thing, and that’s why Democrats out there in these swing districts don’t buy it.”