In the wake of the House passing its resolution on formal rules for public hearings in the impeachment inquiry, a former top White House adviser on the National Security Council testified. In the likely hood for the last time behind closed doors — he stated that he didn’t believe “anything illegal was discussed” during President Trump’s July 25 call with Ukraine’s president.
However, Tim Morrison did confirm details about Trump’s efforts to push Ukraine to investigate his political rivals. Morrison, who handled Russian and European affairs for the NSC and resigned Wednesday ahead of his testimony — was listening in on the call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky from the White House Situation Room, he acknowledged during his testimony.
But in Morrison’s opening statement he said, “I want to be clear, I was not concerned that anything illegal was discussed.”
The testimony from Morrison, a top Republican staff member, had been portrayed as possibly damaging for Trump. But Republican lawmakers portrayed Morrison’s opening remarks as favorable for the president.
“Mr. Morrison’s testimony is very damaging to the Democrat narrative,” said Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C. “They’ve all of a sudden gotten quiet today because this particular witness is very credible and has given evidence that suggests some of the other witnesses have been less than candid.”
Meanwhile, in other impeachment news, the most important number coming out of the House vote to formalize the rules of the impeachment investigation is “0.”
Zero is the number of House Republicans who voted for the formal rules. Not a single one. Which is, plainly put, a win for President Donald Trump, who lobbied hard to keep his party in line on the much-watched vote, where even a few GOP rebels could have fundamentally altered the storyline of the day on impeachment.