GOP Rep. Stewart dissmisses second whistleblower: ‘Why should I care?’


♪ ♪>>Chris: HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE STANDING FIRM IN THEIR SUPPORT FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP, AND DAMAGING REVELATIONS THIS WEEK HAVE SO FAR DONE NOTHING TO SHAKE THAT SUPPORT. JOINING IS NOT FROM SALT LAKE CITY, CONGRESSMAN CHRIS STEWART, A REPUBLICAN ON THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, WELCOME BACK TO “FOX NEWS SUNDAY.”>>Representative Stewart: GOOD MORNING.>>Chris: I WOULD ASK YOU FIRST ABOUT THIS NEW REPORT, WHICH FOX NEWS HAS CONFIRMED THAT THERE IS NO A SECOND WHISTLE-BLOWER IN THIS CASE WHO HAS SPOKEN TO THE INSPECTOR GENERAL FROM INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY, SAYS HE HAS FIRSTHAND KNOWLEDGE THAT CORROBORATES SOME OF THE ALLEGATIONS MADE BY THE FIRST WHISTLE-BLOWER, DOES THAT CONCERN YOU?>>Representative Stewart: ACTUALLY NOT AT ALL. FIRST, WE’VE KNOWN A LITTLE BIT THAT THIS INDIVIDUAL WAS PROBABLY GOING TO COME FORWARD AND ONE OF OUR CONCERNS HAS ALWAYS BEEN THERE HASN’T BEEN FIRSTHAND KNOWLEDGE OF THIS, THE FIRST WHISTLE-BLOWER, VIRTUALLY EVERYTHING HE ACCUSED WAS SECOND AND THIRD HEAD KNOWLEDGE. BUT IT DOES NOT MATTER. THIS PERSON IS GOING TO COME FORWARD AND SAY YES, THE PRESIDENT OF THIS PHONE CALL AND THAT’S THE TRANSCRIPT. WHY SHOULD I CARE AT ALL WHAT HIS PERSPECTIVE OR HIS OPINION AND JUDGMENT OF THIS TRANSCRIPT IS? YOU AND I CAN READ IT. WE CAN MAKE OUR OWN JUDGMENTS –>>Chris: BUT SIR, — THE ALLEGATION BY THE FIRST WAS A BLOWER, AND A LOT OF IT HAS ALREADY BEEN CORROBORATED, ISN’T WASN’T JUST THIS PHONE CALL, THAT THERE WAS A WHOLE CAMPAIGN BEFORE THE PHONE CALL AND THEN EVEN MORE INTENSELY AFTER THE PHONE CALL INVOLVING THE PRESIDENT’S PRIVATE LAWYER, RUDY GIULIANI, TO LINK SUPPORT FOR THEIR UKRAINIAN REGIME, EVEN MILITARY AID, TO AN INVESTIGATION OF JOE BIDEN. SO IT’S MORE THAN JUST THE PHONE CALL.>>Representative Stewart: BUT CHRIS, THAT’S JUST NOT TRUE. ALL OF THESE ACCUSATIONS HE MAKES ABOUT LINKAGE AFTER HE JUST PULLED FROM “THE NEW YORK TIMES” AND “THE WASHINGTON POST.” THERE IS NO CLASSIFIED OR SECRET INFORMATION IN THAT. IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS ONE THING. IT COMES DOWN TO ONE SENTENCE AND ONE PHONE CALL AND WHEN YOU READ THAT IN ITS ENTIRETY, IT’S VERY CLEAR HE DOESN’T EVER LINK IT TO MILITARY AID, IT’S NEVER EVEN MENTIONED. HE DOESN’T EVER OFFER A QUID PRO QUO. HE NEVER EVEN MENTIONS THE UPCOMING ELECTION. HE TALKS ABOUT ONE THING. WE WANT TO INVESTIGATE CORRUPTION, AND I THINK THAT’S A REASONABLE THING FOR HIM TO ASK AND THESE OTHER ASSUMPTIONS ARE THINGS THAT SOME PEOPLE, IN THEIR JUDGMENT, OR CONCERNING, BUT IT’S SIMPLY NOT FOUND ON THIS PHONE CALL AND ANYONE CAN READ IT.>>Chris: LET’S UNPACK WHAT YOU JUST SAID HERE, BECAUSE PRESIDENT TRUMP MADE IT VERY CLEAR THIS WEEK. HE SAYS HIS CALL FOR UKRAINE AND NOW CHINA TO INVESTIGATE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN AND HIS SON HUNTER, HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE 2020 ELECTION, AS YOU CONTENDED. TAKE A LOOK.>>I’M ONLY INTERESTED IN CORRUPTION. I DON’T CARE ABOUT POLITICS. I DON’T CARE ABOUT BIDEN’S POLITICS. I NEVER THOUGHT BIDEN WAS GOING TO WIN, TO BE HONEST.>>Chris: CONGRESSMAN, CAN YOU TELL ME OF ANY OTHER INSTANCE DURING THE TIME PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS BEEN IN OFFICE WHERE HE ASKED A FOREIGN LEADER TO INVESTIGATE A SPECIFIC AMERICAN ON THE ISSUE OF CORRUPTION?>>Representative Stewart: YOU BET. ATTORNEY GENERAL BARR IS DOING IT RIGHT NOW.>>Chris: NO NO, FORGIVE ME, I SAID PRESIDENT TRUMP, CAN YOU TELL ME OF ANOTHER INSTANCE WHERE PRESIDENT TRUMP ON A CONVERSATION, A CALL, HAS PUBLICLY OR PRIVATELY ASKED FOR A FOREIGN LEADER TO INVESTIGATE A SPECIFIC AMERICAN?>>Representative Stewart: YET. ABSOLUTELY. HE MAY HAVE DONE IT PERSONALLY, BUT IT DOESN’T MATTER, CHRIS, THERE’S NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE PRESIDENT MAKING THE CALL FOR THE PRESIDENT SEEMED TO ATTORNEY GENERAL BARR OR OTHER OF HIS SUBORDINATES, YOU MAKE THE CALL AND INVESTIGATE THIS AND HAS BEEN VERY CLEAR ON THAT.>>Chris: I DON’T MEAN TO INTERRUPT, BUT YOU CAN’T TELL ME OF ANOTHER CASE WHERE WE HAVE A RECORD OF THE PRESIDENT SPECIFICALLY ASKING FOR A FOREIGN LEADER TO INVESTIGATE A SPECIFIC AMERICAN?>>Representative Stewart: I’M SAYING HE’S WILLINGLY AND ACKNOWLEDGED THAT HE’S DOING THAT THROUGH HIS ATTORNEY GENERAL.>>Chris: AND OTHER THAN JOE BIDEN, CAN YOU TELL ME OF ANOTHER TIME — THERE ARE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO DO BUSINESS OVERSEAS, ALL KINDS OF ACTIVITIES. DO YOU THINK IT’S JUST A COINCIDENCE THAT THE ONE PERSON THAT HE HAS ASKED A FOREIGN LEADER TO INVESTIGATE, SPECIFICALLY BY NAME, INVESTIGATE THIS PERSON, JUST HAPPENS TO BE HIS CHIEF RIVAL FOR THE 2020 CAMPAIGN?>>Representative Stewart: BUT CHRIS, YOU’RE MISSING THE WHOLE REASON FOR WHY. HE DID THAT BECAUSE HE HAS KNOWLEDGE OF POSSIBLE CORRUPTIO CORRUPTION. VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN AND HIS SON — HE WAS DRAGGING HIS SON TO THE TWO COUNTRIES THAT THE VICE PRESIDENT HAD PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY SCORE, UKRAINE AND CHINA, AND HE’S TAKING HIS SON TO THOSE TWO COUNTRIES WITH HIM AND WHILE HE’S DOING OFFICIAL BUSINESS, HIS SON IS SIGNING, IN SOME CASES, $1.5 BILLION DEALS, AND I THINK THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE AND AMERICANS WHEN THEY HEAR THAT, THEY THINK “YOU KNOW WHAT, THAT DOESN’T SOUND RIGHT TO ME. MAYBE IT’S WORTH ASKING A FEW QUESTIONS ABOUT THAT.” THAT’S ALL THE PRESIDENT IS DOING HERE.>>Chris: YOU THINK IT’S JUST A COINCIDENCE — THERE ARE A LOT OF BUSINESS BEEN DOING LOT OF BUSINESS A LOT BIGGER THAN A BILLION DOLLARS AND THE ONLY PERSON HE ASKED FOR — INCIDENTALLY, WE SHOULD POINT OUT THERE HAS NEVER, NEVER BEEN A SPECIFIC ALLEGATION OF ANY CRIME COMMITTED — IT DOESN’T LOOK BAD? OF COURSE IT DOES, BUT THERE’S NEVER BEEN AN ALLEGATION OF A SPECIFIC JOB THAT JOE BIDEN OR HUNTER BIDEN COMMITTED, NEITHER IN CHINA NOR IN UKRAINE. YOU THINK IT’S JUST A COINCIDENCE THAT HE’S TALKING ABOUT JOE BIDEN?>>Representative Stewart: BUT YOU KEEP USING THAT WORD COINCIDENCE. IT’S NOT A COINCIDENCE AT ALL. IT IS JUST THAT THOSE OF THE FACTS PRESENTED TO HIM AND HE’S RESPONDING TO THOSE FACTS. IF SOMEONE ELSE BROUGHT OTHER ACCUSATIONS AGAINST OTHER AMERICANS AND THEY HAD REASON TO INVESTIGATE THAT, AFTER THE PRESIDENT WOULD AS WELL. BUT THESE WERE THE FACTS THAT WERE BROUGHT TO HIM THESE WERE THE INDIVIDUALS THAT WERE ASSOCIATED WITH THOSE.>>Chris: ALL RIGHT, I WANT TO PICK UP ON WHAT YOU SAID AT THE VERY TOP, WHICH IS THAT THERE WAS NO QUID PRO QUO, NO LINKAGE BETWEEN PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ASKING THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT ZELENSKY TO INVESTIGATE JOE BIDEN AND U.S. SUPPORT, INCLUDING $400 MILLION IN MILITARY AID TO UKRAINE. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF DOCUMENTS THAT YOUR COMMITTEE HAS RECEIVED THIS WEEK AND A BEAR WITH ME, I’M GOING TO GO THROUGH JUST THREE OF THEM AND READ THEM. JULY 25TH, THIS IS THE MORNING BEFORE THE PHONE CALL BETWEEN ZELINSKI AND TRUMP. U.S. ENVOY VOLKER TO A UKRAINIAN AID. “HER FROM THE WHITE HOUSE. ASSUMING PRESIDENT ZEKE CONVINCES TRUMP HE WILL INVESTIGATE I’M A GET TO THE BOTTOM OF WHAT HAPPENED IN 2016, WE WILL NAIL DOWN DATE FOR A VISIT TO WASHINGTON.” AUGUST 10TH, UKRAINIAN AIDE TO VOLKER. ONCE WE HAVE A DATE FOR HIM TO VISIT TRUMP, WE WILL CALL A PRESS BRIEFING ANNOUNCING AN UPCOMING VISIT AND OUTLINING VISION FOR THE REBOOT OF U.S.-UKRAINE RELATIONSHIP, INCLUDING OTHER THINGS, — THE COMPANY WERE HUNTER BIDEN WAS ON THE BOARD — AN ELECTION MEDDLING AN INVESTIGATION. FINALLY, SEPTEMBER 1ST, THE TOP U.S. DIPLOMAT IN UKRAINE TO INVEST RECORDINGS SOLOMON. “ARE WE NOTICING THAT SECURITY ASSISTANCE AND WHITE HOUSE MEETING OUR CONDITIONS ON INVESTIGATION? AND CALL ME.” HE LATER SAYS THERE WAS NO QUID PRO QUO, BUT I’VE GOT TO TELL YOU, YOU READ THESE EMAILS BOTH BEFORE AND AFTER AND I JUST TOOK THREE, CONGRESSMAN, IT SEEMS THAT UKRAINIAN OFFICIALS AND SOME TOP AMERICAN OFFICIALS SURE SAW A QUID PRO QUO.>>Representative Stewart: CHRIS, IT’S JUST NOT TRUE, AND THIS IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF THE DISHONESTY OF HOW THIS INVESTIGATION IS BEING RUN AND I WISH WE COULD ELABORATE THAT ON GERMAN SCHIFF AND THE DISHONESTY THAT HE HAS DISPLAYED. THIS IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF IT. THEY TAKE LITTLE SNIPPETS OF EMAILS AND TEXTS. THEY LEAK THOSE WITHOUT RELEASING THE TRANSCRIPT. IF YOU RELEASED THE TRANSCRIPT OF THIS ENTIRE HEARING, IT’S VERY CLEAR THAT MR. VOELKER AND OTHERS HAVE SAID THERE WAS NO QUID PRO QUO. THERE WAS NO LINKAGE BETWEEN US. WHEN YOU READ THE TRANSCRIPT OF WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAYS, HE’S VERY CLEAR THE REASON HE IS WITHHOLDING AID IS BECAUSE HE WANTS TO PRESSURE THE EUROPEANS, PARTICULARLY MS. MERKEL IN GERMANY, THAT THEY HAVE BEEN DRAGGING THEIR FEET PER MONTH ON THIS, AND BY THE WAY, WE HEARD AS EARLY AS LATE SPRING THAT THEY WERE PROBABLY GOING TO WITHHOLD THIS AID. WE’VE BEEN HEARING THOSE OF US WHO WORK NATIONAL SECURITY, THEY WERE GOING TO DO THAT TO PRESSURE THE EUROPEANS. THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF LET’S GO SNEAK SOME STUFF OUT THERE AND LET THE PRESS RUN WITH IT FOR A WHILE AND EVENTUALLY THE TRANSCRIPT WILL SHOW THAT IT’S NOT TRUE, BUT BY THEN WE WILL HAVE ALREADY DONE OR DAMAGE. IT’S MALICIOUS FOR THEM TO LEAK LIKE THIS AND TO NOT DO IT FAIRLY.>>Chris: I’VE GOT ONE FINAL QUESTION FOR YOU. YOU ARE A MEMBER OF THE UTAH CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION AND OVER THE WEEKEND, PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS REALLY GONE AFTER UTAH SENATOR MITT ROMNEY. I WANT TO PUT UP SOME TWEETS. HE HAS CALLED HIM A “POMPOUS ASS,” A “FULL,” AND ADDED THE HASHTAG, #ImpeachmentRonnie . SENATORS CAN’T BE IMPEACHED, BUT YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEM WITH HIM GOING AFTER YOUR SENATORS THAT WAY?>>I’M SHOCKED THAT YOU ASK ME THIS QUESTION. I KNOW THE MEDIA LOVES FOR REPUBLICANS TO CRITICIZE EACH OTHER –>>Chris: ARE NOT CRITICIZING ANOTHER REPUBLICAN, IT’S THE PRESIDENT WHO CALLED MITT ROMNEY A POMPOUS ASS.>>Representative Stewart: I KNOW YOU’RE NOT, BUT YOU’RE HOPING THAT I WILL.>>Chris: I’M JUST ASKING WHAT YOU THINK.>>Representative Stewart: I’M JUST GOING TO SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT, MITT ROMNEY IS A BIG BOY, PRESIDENT TRUMP IS A BIG BOY, THEY CAN SETTLE THEIR DIFFERENCES, I’M NOT GOING TO WEIGH IN ON THAT. THEY’VE HAD DISAGREEMENTS IN THE PAST, AND I UNDERSTAND THAT. I GOT TO COME BACK TO ONE THING, REAL QUICK, THAT’S MISS VAL DEMINGS. SHE SAYS THERE’S BEEN A LOT OF PAIN OVER THE LAST TEN DAYS. OH, MY GOSH, THESE GUYS ARE GIDDY OVER THIS. THEY ARE NOT PAINTING OVER THIS AND IT’S NOT BEEN THE LAST TEN DAYS, IT’S BEEN THREE YEARS. THREE YEARS THEY’VE BEEN TRYING TO IMPEACH THIS PRESIDENT. THREE YEARS THEY’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR A REASON TO REMOVE HIM FROM OFFICE. THEY ARE NOT PAINED BY THIS, THEY ARE EXCITED ABOUT THIS BUT IT’S TERRIBLY DIVISIVE FOR THE

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