Dems' Star Witness Admits Hunter Biden's Role in Burisma Shows 'Conflict of Interest'
Republican Elise Stefanik drops the hammer
The Democrats' opening statement quickly fizzled out during the House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment hearings on Tuesday after Republican Elise Stefanik dropped the hammer.
Stefanik managed to get the Democrats' star witness to admit that Hunter Biden being on the board of Burisma appeared to be a possible 'conflict of interest.'
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and Jennifer Williams were grilled by Stefanik, who raised the key issue on Ukraine.
The 'star' republican then took aim at Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff for refusing to call Hunter Biden to testify.
Vindman also admitted that any aid given to Ukraine requires the USA to sign off an anti-corruption initiative-showing Ukraine is not corrupt before they get the aid.
“As millions of Americans are watching throughout the hysteria and frenzied media coverage, two key facts have not changed that are critical to these impeachment proceedings. One, Ukraine received the aid and, two, there was no investigation into the Bidens,” Stefanik said.
Vindman earlier admitted that he fabricated details from the president's phone call with Ukraine's leader during an official summary of the conversation.
The witness admitted he made up elements of President Donald Trump’s call with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
During his summary of the call, Vindman included details about a discussion between the two leaders regarding an agreement to "root out corruption" in Ukraine, but that conversation never took place.
Rep. Elise Stefanik says her constituents in New York's 21st congressional district "have many concerns" about Hunter Biden sitting on the board of Burisma https://t.co/OZ2lHu07Z6 pic.twitter.com/VnEFUMfh7v— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 19, 2019
Rep. Stefanik: Do you agree that Hunter Biden on the board of Burisma has the potential for the appearance of a conflict of interest?— ForAmerica (@ForAmerica) November 19, 2019
Lt. Col. Vindman: "Certainly the potential, yes."
Ms. Williams: "Yes." pic.twitter.com/u0LNWA0y9A
Before the call, Vindman included the fabricated details in the talking points provided to the president but now admits that Trump did not use them in the call.
The summery Vindman wrote after the call read:
"President Trump underscored the unwavering support of the United States for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity – within its internationally recognized borders – and expressed his commitment to work together with President-elect Zelenskyy and the Ukrainian people to implement reforms that strengthen democracy, increase prosperity, and root out corruption."
During his testimony, Vindman clarified that President Donald Trump did not bring up the topic rooting out corruption during the phone call.
But, he confesses that he included it in his summary of the call anyway.