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Schiff, Nunes Offer Opening Statements During Impeachment Hearings

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and committee ranking member Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) provided opening statements in the third day of impeachment hearings amid an inquiry into President Donald Trump.

Schiff, in his opening statement, said that Trump pressed “a foreign leader to announce an investigation into his political rival, President Trump put his own personal and political interests above those of the nation.”

He was referring to a July 25 phone call where Trump asked Ukrainian President Zelensky to look into alleged election interference and former Vice President Joe Biden and his on. The hearings on Tuesday include Jennifer Williams and Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, officials who worked in the National Security Council.

Meanwhile, Nunes blasted the mainstream medias coverage of the impeachment hearings.

“If you watched the impeachment hearings last week, you may have noticed a disconnect between what you actually saw and the mainstream media accounts describing it. What you saw were three diplomats, who dislike the presidents Ukraine policy, discussing second-hand and third-hand conversations about their objections. Meanwhile, they admitted they had not talked to the president about these matters, and they were unable to identify any crime or impeachable offense the president committed,” he said.

All this, he argued, serves to undermine Americans faith in media outlets.

“The media have fully accepted the Democrats stunning reversal on the need for the Whistleblower to testify to this committee. When the Democrats were insisting on his testimony, the media wanted it too,” Nunes remarked.

Nunes noted that Democrats and media outlets have dismissed reporRead More – Source

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