Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) evoked unusual imagery during the House Judiciary Committees debate on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump when he attempted to downplay Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskys several claims that he felt no pressure and added there was no quid pro quo in his dealings with Trump.
Johnson, as well as other Democrats on the committee, tried to push back after Zelensky and several other top Ukrainian officials disputed Democrats allegations that Trump withheld military aid in exchange for investigations. Trump and Republicans have frequently touted a recent Zelensky interview, where he said there was no quid pro quo and didnt “understand at all” what the Democrats were talking about.
During the hearing, Johnson argued that Zelensky was lying under duress and attempted to make an analogy about Trump and Zelenskys 15-year-old daughter.
“A big chair for President Trump, little chair for President Zelensky. Big, six-foot-four President Trump, five-foot-eleven Mr. Zelensky, President Zelensky. And theyre standing there, President Trump is holding court. And he says, Oh, by the way, no pressure. And you saw President Zelensky shaking his head as if his daughter was downstairs in the basement, duct-taped,” Johnson said.
He added: “I mean, theres an imbalance of power in that relationship. It always has been. And theres no way that the nation of Ukraine can stand up to the power, the power of the United States of America. And President Trump used that unequal bargaining position. He leveraged his power in that relationship, not for the benefit of the United States of America, but for his own benefit.”
After Johnson made the comment, the White House responded that “Democrats want to impeach the President for [checks notes] being too tall.”
JUST IN: Democrats want to impeach the President for [checks notes] being too tall. pic.twitter.com/0QNAf6iUBp
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 12, 2019
The White House also tweeted a photo of Trump and Zelensky shaking hands, showing that both leaders chairs are the same size.
On social media, conservative commentators seized on Johnsons comments about Zelenskys daughter and criticized him.
Late on Thursday night, Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) announced that his panel would recess until Friday morning before voting on articles of impeachment, which drew immediate criticism from Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), the ranking Republican, and other GOP members of the committee.
“That was the most egregious violation of trust between a committee chairman and ranking member I think Ive ever seen,” said Collins before adding that “there was no discussion” about the abrupt change. Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), who has served 12 terms in the House, said that hes “never seen anything like that.”
The Judiciary Committee is scheduled to return on Friday at 10 a.m. to hold the vote, Nadler said.
“Look, I never talked to the president from the position of a quid pro quo. Thats not my thing,” Zelensky told several news outlets earlier tihs week, including Read More – Source