In an interview with Fox News on Thursday, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) accused Democrats of straying from their initial charges against President Trump, casting about desperately for new allegations as their house of cards falls spectacularly in front of the public.
“They’re looking for new, shiny objects, moving goalposts,” Zeldin said. “Quid pro quo last Sunday, morning news shows about extortion, then yesterday and today, it’s about bribery. And they don’t have the evidence to actually convict the president on bribery. So I don’t know what they’re going to do next. But they’re going to have to move the goal posts yet again. I thought yesterday’s hearing that took place with their star witnesses felt totally flat.”
The Democrats did indeed have the gall to speak the word “bribery” on Thursday, and it came out of a mouth no less authoritative than House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. In a press conference, Pelosi said, “The bribe is to grant or withhold military assistance in return for a public statement of a fake investigation into the elections. That’s bribery.”
Well, uh, no. That IS what happened in the Democratic fantasy world, we grant you, but it has nothing to do with the reality of the situation. Pelosi and the Democratic Party keep forgetting that the American people have read the transcript of Trump’s call with Ukraine’s president. He never said a thing about freezing U.S. military aid in that conversation. Furthermore, Ukraine received the aid in September. At no time did Ukraine announce any investigations. If this is bribery, it’s the worst case of bribery in the history of crime.
In a later interview with Laura Ingraham, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy appeared to agree with Zeldin’s assessment of the Democrats’ desperation.
“Each week will be something new,” McCarthy said. “Because each time they fail to prove anything. But it really goes to the court. I always wondered, why does Adam Schiff lie so much? Why would he say, I have proof beyond circumstantial? Lie about meeting with Glenn Simpson? Lie about knowing the whistle-blower? Lie about the transcript?
“He wants to impeach this president so badly,” McCarthy continued. “I mean, they are afraid to face him at the ballot box so they want to frame him. And that’s what they’ll continue to do. Whatever it takes to impeach this president will start something new each day.”
Devin Nunes had it right when he called the Ukraine scandal the “low-rent sequel” to the Russia hoax. It’s the same nonsense in a different package. Americans saw this silliness fail the first time, and they aren’t about to buy a second round. The more “evidence” the Democrats put out there, the weaker their case gets. This is a pathetic circus, and it isn’t going to work.