House Intelligence Committee member Chris Stewart said on Sunday that he believes the proof used in order to impeach President Donald Trump “is crumbling” in the first week of the hearings, The Hill reported.
Stewart appeared in an interview on ABC’s “This Week” where host George Stephanopoulos told the representative that the evidence for the Ukraine investigation regarding the withholding military aid was “building”, making a reference to a confidential testimony by WH aide David Holmes and National Security Council official Tim Morrison.
“It’s tied directly now to President Trump, isn’t it?” Stephanopoulos asked.
“I disagree with you, George,” Stewart replied. “I don’t think the evidence is building at all, and I’m being sincere in this. I think the evidence is crumbling.”
Rep. Stewart slammed Democrats over what he called “goal post moving”, adding that their focus on the impeachment inquiry was shifting from quid pro quo to bribery.
Stewart noted that former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch did not offer any evidence on Friday when he asked her during a public hearing if Trump committed bribery or criminal acts.
“I think the longer these [hearings go] on, I think the less the American people are going to support impeachment because I think that the evidence just doesn’t support it,” Stewart said.
Morrison, meanwhile, told lawmakers that Sondland pushed Ukraine, on behalf of Trump, to launch two investigations that could help the President politically, according to a transcript released Saturday by House Democrats.