At the impeachment hearings on Tuesday, National Security Council aide Tim Morrison stressed that he didn’t believe there was anything inappropriate about the call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. But when Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) asked him why he reported the call to government lawyers, he had no answer.
“You responded to a series of questions about the call and saw nothing wrong with it, yet you skipped your chain of command to go to legal counsel to find out — I guess to find out what to do, because you were concerned about the political fallout, not about anything being appropriate or wrong with the call, is that correct?” asked Demings.
“Ma’am, I don’t agree with the question,” said Morrison.
“You saw basically nothing wrong with the call, yet you skipped your chain of command to go to counsel because of what?” Demings pressed him. “What was the reason for that?”
“Again, I don’t know the premise,” said Morrison. “If I had seen something wrong—”
“Who’s your direct report?” Demings asked.
“The deputy National Security Advisor … Dr. Charles Kupperman,” replied Morrison.
“Did you speak to him before the legal counsel?” asked Demings.
“No,” replied Morrison.
“You don’t feel you skipped your chain of command by going to counsel?” Demings continued.
“I viewed my job based on matters,” said Morrison. “If that’s an administrative matter, I was sure they needed to be aware of the call.”
“Why were you so concerned about the legal adviser being aware of this call that you saw nothing basically wrong with the substance or content of the call?” asked Demings.
“Because I did not see anybody from the legal adviser’s office in the listening room, and I wanted to make sure somebody from the legal adviser’s office was aware, and I wanted it to be a senior person.”
“What did you want them to be aware of, specifically?” asked Demings.
“I wanted them to be aware of the call and know what had transpired,” said Morrison.
“What concerned you to the point where you wanted to know, that you went directly to legal counsel to inform them of?” asked Demings.
“My equivalent was and is John Eisenberg,” said Morrison. “I wouldn’t go to somebody subordinate to him.”
“Didn’t you testify you were concerned about the political fallout based on the political climate in D.C.?” asked Demings.
“Yes, ma’am,” said Morrison.
Matt Gaetz attempts to derail impeachment hearing and gets shut down by Chairman Nadler for yelling
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) was rebuked on Monday after he attempted to derail a House Judiciary Committee hearing on impeachment.
As Monday's hearing was getting underway, Gaetz joined Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), the ranking Republicans member, in trying to undermine the proceedings.
"Mr. Chairman!" Republicans clamored as Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) introduced the witness.
"I have a parliamentary enquiry," Gaetz said.
"I will not recognize a parliamentary enquiry at this time," Nadler told Gaetz.
Undaunted, Gaetz continued: "Is this when we just hear staff ask questions of other staff?"
Former Republican Congressman admits he ‘can’t explain’ Ted Cruz: ‘You’d think he’d have more self-respect’
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) appeared on "Meet the Press" Sunday to perpetuate the false narrative that Ukraine hacked the 2016 election, a fact that has been disproven by all of the U.S. intelligence agencies. When asked to explain what Cruz could possibly have been thinking, former Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) confessed he has no idea how to explain Cruz.
"So, Charlie, what's going on here?" asked CNN host Fredricka Whitfield.
Trump’s next 100 days will dictate whether he can be re-elected or not — here’s why
According to CNN pollster-in-residence Harry Enten, Donald Trump's next 100 days -- which could include an impeachment trial in the Senate -- will hold the key to whether he will remain president in 2020.
As Eten explains in a column for CNN, "His [Trump's] approval rating has been consistently low during his first term. Yet his supporters could always point out that approval ratings before an election year have not historically been correlated with reelection success. But by mid-March of an election year, approval ratings, though, become more predictive. Presidents with low approval ratings in mid-March of an election year tend to lose, while those with strong approval ratings tend to win in blowouts and those with middling approval ratings usually win by small margins."