In making their arguments for the conviction and removal of President Donald Trump, Democrat impeachment managers from the House — specifically Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) — asserted that Trump only released the transcript of his July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in response to the launch of the House impeachment inquiry last fall.
In a “fact check” from Breitbart‘s Joel Pollak, however, a basic review of the timeline shows that claim to be fundamentally false, as Trump announced the imminent release of the call transcript prior to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) announcement that an impeachment inquiry would commence.
Pollak also proves that Pelosi and her Democrat comrades impatiently jumped the gun by about a half a day in pressing forward with the inquiry despite having full knowledge that the transcript of the call at the heart of their claims was set to be released within hours.
Timing of transcript release
Jeffries asserted as fact that “it was not until the launch of the House impeachment inquiry in late September and after intense public pressure that the rough transcript of the July 25 call was released.”
The inquiry was in fact launched — without the standard requisite vote by the full House — on the evening of Sept. 24, 2019. Unfortunately for Jeffries and his ilk, that event did not happen until after President Trump had already made it known that he had declassified and would be publicly releasing the transcript the following morning.
Trump, who was in New York at the United Nations that day, issued a pair of tweets that read: “I am currently at the United Nations representing our Country, but have authorized the release tomorrow of the complete, fully declassified and unredacted transcript of my phone conversation with President Zelensky of Ukraine…You will see it was a very friendly and totally appropriate call. No pressure and, unlike Joe Biden and his son, NO quid pro quo! This is nothing more than a continuation of the Greatest and most Destructive Witch Hunt of all time!”
Trump acted first
According to the timestamps on the president’s tweets, they were posted in the early afternoon of Sept. 24, 2019, and the transcript itself was posted online early the next morning, as promised.
It was several hours later on the evening of Sept. 24, however, that Pelosi assembled the media and held a press conference to announce unilaterally, without the consensus and authorization of a House vote, that an impeachment inquiry had been launched.
Thus, it is clear that Trump had already made the decision to release the transcript of the phone call before the House launched its partisan probe, based solely on hearsay from an anonymous so-called “whistleblower” — hearsay that was immediately disproved by the document that was formally released just half a day later.
Credibility in question
Some may argue that focusing on the timeline of these two events is trivial and beside the point, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
In fact, it is vital that this timeline be made a key focus, as it goes directly to the credibility of the House managers and their arguments in favor of conviction and removal.
If the House managers can’t even get the order of events straight — or worse, deliberately lied about the order of events to perpetuate a false narrative — then the inevitable questions arise regarding what else in their 24 hours of arguments they got wrong, and what other forms of deception they have attempted to employ.