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First, the committee withheld the transcript since October 31, only releasing it after the first public hearings began last week. Morrison’s testimony was rumored to be very good for President Donald Trump’s defense — Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) had described Democrats in the room during the closed-door hearing as “sucking lemons” — and Republicans would have made good use of it, had they had the transcript available. But it was not provided.

n the interim, Democrats had sole possession of the document. Schiff does not allow copies of the transcripts to be released to Republicans, either in paper or electronic form. If they want to read transcripts, they must do so one by one, in the presence of a Democrat committee staffer. Not only is that rule humiliating, but it also allows Democrats to control the flow of information and to prepare their public arguments with no fear of timely Republican rebuttal.

In the Morrison case, Democrats released “key excerpts” that highlighted the few facts in his testimony that, they believe, help push the case for impeachment. Chief among these is that Morrison confirmed that he heard U.S. Ambassador to the E.U. Gordon Sondland claim that he told a Ukrainian official, in a private “sidebar” meeting, that aid would be released if the Ukrainian prosecutor general would publicly announce an investigation into Burisma.

But that is just hearsay evidence, as is Morisson’s confirmation of Charge d’affairs William Taylor’s testimony (repeated in public last week) that Sondland, after speaking to President Trump, “there was no quid pro quo, but President Zelensky must announce the opening of the investigations and he should want to do it.”

Democrats Omit Exculpatory Information from Summary of Tim Morrison Transcript via @BreitbartNews #shampeachment

— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) November 17, 2019

Sure enough, CNN and other networks highlighted these and other supposedly damaging sections of Morrison’s testimony.

These are the top news results on Google for the search “Tim Morrison,” as of Sunday morning, November 17:

CNN: “Ex-NSC official corroborates Sondland said he was directed by Trump on Ukraine“
NPR: “NSC Official Faults Sondland’s Role In ‘Shadow’ Ukraine Policy“
USA Today: “Morrison said he was ‘not comfortable’ with Ukraine President Zelensky being involved in US politics: the latest“
Daily Beast: “National Security Official Tim Morrison Feared Leaks of Trump’s Call to Ukraine President Would Be Damaging“
Politico: “Sondland said he was acting on Trump’s orders, aide told investigators“
But these reports downplay or omit the most important parts of Morrison’s testimony for Trump’s defense:

Morrison testified “I was not concerned that anything illegal was discussed” on the July 25 phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, to which he himself listened. That statement does not appear anywhere in the Democrats’ “key excerpts” document. He also testified that he “did not have a view” on whether President Trump’s comments to Zelensky on the phone call were “improper.”
Morrison testified that he was afraid that the conversation would leak — not because he thought the president had done anything wrong, as Democrats’ “key excerpts” document implies, but because he knew about what would happen, given “Washington’s polarized environment.” The Democrats’ summary of the document omits this telling exchange between Morrison and chairman Adam Schiff — no doubt, because it damages their case:


That is so weak an answer. It seems to me you can't name a policy of Bernie's that motivates you.

I can, but there's no point in us getting into a back and forth about it.

I actually just took the political quiz on and Bernie wasn't even one of the top guys that I should be siding with according to the site


I am hopeful the report does have some meaningful information the general public can understand. The IG's previous reports have been milk toast as compared the publicity buildup before being released.
He is trying to show Pelosi her out from this fiasco.
Like McCain said, he's an honest man

That is so weak an answer. It seems to me you can't name a policy of Bernie's that motivates you.
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Any thoughts on what it means?

Pre planned for months, Possibly going back to when Bolton left, planting the seeds about Ukraine in the  known whistle leakers head initiating  the democrats running blind folded through their self made Ukraine mind field.

Rudy, go to 11:35

I say this because there's been nothing coming out about it with the exception that it was supposed to be released soon.
Well, now they're actually talking about it, this will force the LSM into responding, NY Slimes will chime in, and once the pump is primed, give or take a week or two, they'll release it to full coverage.
This is going to be devastating to the Dims.
Video at link...

Fmr Acting AG: Upcoming IG report will be ‘most consequential’ in years

“I think it’s going to demonstrate that people took advantage of the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court] process, where there’s no, nobody on the other side to argue in their own interests, ” Matt Whitaker, the former Acting Attorney General said on “The Story with Martha MacCallum” on Fox News.

“And I think we’re going to learn a lot about not only the Carter Page FISA [warrant] but how they do business generally and … I think some Americans are going to be troubled by what the inspector general is going to ultimately report.”

Whitaker also reacted to an interview clip of former CIA director John Brennan, whose actions during the Obama administration appear to be at the center of the upcoming report.

“I don’t think it’s surprising at all that we continue to hear these sociopathic ramblings of Mr. Trump claiming that there was this effort to try to prevent him from being elected or to unseat him,” Brennan said on MSNBC this past April. “And I welcome any type of, you know, continued … investigation in terms of what we did during that period of time that we were in government.”

“I watched that interview and I thought he seemed awfully defensive for somebody that should have nothing to be concerned about,” Whitaker said of Brennan. “So we’re going to see, we’re gonna learn a lot in the next couple of weeks.”
Like McCain said, he's an honest man

He a politician.   :lol:
Like McCain said, he's an honest man
But McStain was one of the biggest liars in the GOP, hands down!
I believe Bernie is since about his beliefs, but unfortunately, they're antithetical to those of our Republic.
Why are you for growing govt instead of shrinking it?
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