Meadows: House Dems’ Impeachment Case Is Built on ‘Hearsay and Hurt Feelings’

By Melanie Arter | January 23, 2020 | 11:06am EST
(Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

( - Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) told Fox News on Thursday that the House Democrats’ “impeachment case is built on two things: hearsay and hurt feelings.”

He said it’s based on hearsay, because none of the witnesses that the House Democrats called to testify had firsthand knowledge of President Donald Trump’s Ukraine phone call, and it’s based on hurt feelings, because Trump “had the audacity to hold up aid” while trying to address corruption in the foreign country.

During an interview with “America’s Newsroom,” Meadows was asked whether he was getting a sense that Republicans might change their minds as Democrats continue to make their case. The congressman said he’s seen the facts and the documents, and he knows what will happen in three days when the Trump defense team, of which he is a part, does their rebuttal.

“I also know the false narrative and the corrupt foundation that the House impeachment managers are trying to spin right now, but I do want to compliment my Senate colleagues. I've been on the floor there. They’re taking notes,” he said.

“They’re actually looking forward to, I believe, the question and answer portion of this, but I can tell you, when it's all said and done, what they’re going to find out is this case, the Democrats' House impeachment case is built on two things: hearsay and hurt feelings. Hearsay from a lot of people that had no firsthand knowledge, and the hurt feelings that the president of the United States had the audacity to hold up aid while we tried to address corruption in a foreign country,” Meadows said.

Host Ed Henry asked what Meadows what he would say to House Intelligence Committee Chairman and impeachment manager Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who on the Senate floor, said Wednesday “the president's misconduct can't be decided at the ballot box. We cannot be sure that the vote will be fairly won." 

“He’s flatly saying the American people can't decide the next election somehow,” Henry said.

Meadows said Schiff’s words explain the motive behind the Democrats’ impeachment case. It’s an attack on a legitimately elected president, he said. 

“That's exactly what he’s saying, and at least he was honest and transparent with that. It's one of the first things that I've heard come out of Adam Schiff's mouth that actually helps us understand what this is all about,” Meadows said.

“This is all about Democrats in the House believing they are smarter than the American people and they should decide who the president of the United States is. I can tell you that's going to be pushed back on - not just Republicans, by unaffiliated voters and Democrats. They’re going to re-elect Donald Trump, because they’re seeing this for what it is. It's a political attack on a legitimately elected president of United States,” the congressman said.


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