House Republicans did a press conference after the hearing in the House Intelligence Committee featuring Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and other members of the committee.
Jordan said, “First I thought we were in the public stage of the impeachment inquiry, but here in just a few minutes we are going to the basement of the capital for another deposition that the American people will not get to see.”
“What we haven’t seen yet is four transcripts of people that have been deposed – which under house rules that we cannot use that testimony in these proceedings. We would like to use parts of the testimony from Mr. Morrison, for example but we are prohibited under house rules from doing that.”
Jordan is referring to the testimony of Tim Morrison, Trump’s former Russia expert, who defended the President during his testimony on October 31rst.
In a surprising statement, Morrison told the House Intel panel, “I want to be clear, I was not concerned that anything illegal was discussed.”
After that testimony, Mark Meadows, (R-NC) said that the Morrison’s testimony was “very damaging to the Democrats’ narrative.” He added, “I don’t think you’ll get any opening statements leaked from the Democrats today.”
Morrison confirms that President Trump’s phone call transcript was correct after accusations from Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman that President Trump left things out of the transcript.
“To the best of my recollection, the MemCon [memorandum of conversation] accurately and completely reflects the substance of the call,” said Morrison.
Republicans allege that the Morrison transcript has not been released because it is damaging to the Democrats’ narrative.
“Nothing rises to the level of impeachable offenses and this is wishful political thinking by the Democrats,” said Elise Stefanik (R-NY) after Jordan spoke at the public hearing on Friday backing up the President.