(Liberty Bell) – The entire basis of the sham impeachment claim is that President Donald Trump allegedly wanted Ukraine to make a public announcement that they were investigating the Biden crime family.
While Biden was still serving as vice president, his son, Hunter, was paid $83,000 a month to be on the board of the Ukrainian natural gas company, Burisma Holdings, despite having no relevant experience or expertise.
Biden, as he famously bragged before the Council on Foreign Relations in 2017, that the threatened to withhold US aid from Ukraine unless they fired a prosecutor investigating Burisma for corruption.
According to a new report from Time magazine, however, as esteemed right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh recently noted, blows this claim right out of the water.
Time talked to Andriy Yermak, an adviser to the Ukrainian president, whom US Ambassador Gordon Sondland claimed to have told, “I think Trump wanted Zelensky to make a public announcement [about an investigation].”
Yermak, however, says that Sondland never told him this.
In fact, he says that he and Sondland never even spoke outside of a few casual remarks in passing. Yermack says that they never had any sort of private conversation.
He recalled that he and Sondland bumped into each other in a hallway next to an escalator and only discussed how well their meeting went.
As Limbaugh puts it, Time magazine “has to admit these comments cast doubt on an important moment in the impeachment inquiry’s reconstruction of events, specifically, the only known point at which an American official directly tells the Ukrainians about the link between U.S. aid and the announcement of specific investigations.”
He explained that this revelation “totally takes the entire foundation of the Schiff-Nadler impeachment proceedings out from under them.”
“It totally destroys the basis on which they did all of this.”
Rep. Adam Schiff’s (D-CA) House Intelligence Committee called to testify State Department employees and other bureaucrats that Limbaugh described as having their noses “all out of joint that Donald Trump even got elected, that somebody so smelly and somebody so deplorable and somebody so unsophisticated and so uneducated could possibly be thrust into their elite world.”
“The only witness with firsthand knowledge of anything close to a quid pro quo was Gordon Sondland,” Limbaugh noted. “Gordon Sondland testified that he told President Zelensky’s adviser, Andriy Yermak, that he thought — he couldn’t remember for sure — he amended and revised his testimony at this point after hearing from Bill Taylor and Yovanovitch and some of the others.
“He thought, he presumed that Trump wanted Zelensky to make a public announcement about investigating Burisma before he, Trump, would release the aid. Sondland then told Bill Taylor and others that, yes, he had told Yermak that. So then this gets passed around. Sondland therefore become the source for the story that Trump demanded a quid pro quo, and it was aid in exchange for Zelensky announcing the investigation into Burisma. Not starting it. Not doing it. Just announcing it.”
Time wrote that “most crucial point at which Yermak’s recollection contradicts the testimony of the inquiry’s witnesses relates to a meeting in Warsaw on Sept. 1, when Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky met with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.”
“The meeting was part of an ongoing effort by the Zelensky administration to improve ties with the Trump administration,” Time said.
“One of the American diplomats who attended that meeting, Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, testified before the inquiry last month that he pulled Yermak aside after the Warsaw meeting and delivered an important message: U.S. aid to Ukraine would probably not resume until Zelensky’s government announced two investigations that could implicate President Trump’s political rivals.”
“I told Mr. Yermak that I believed that the presumption of U.S. aid would likely not occur until Ukraine took some kind of action on the public statement that we had been discussing for many weeks,” Sondland testified.
This is simply not the case, says Yermak.
“Gordon and I were never alone together.”