Republican Rep. Zeldin: Schiff Wants to Get America 'Drunk on His Favorite Cocktail'

By Susan Jones | October 14, 2019 | 5:34am EDT
Rep. Lee Zeldin (far left) joins fellow Republican Reps. Jim Jordan, Mark Meadows, and Scott Perry as the House intelligence committee questioned Ambassador Kurt Volker on Oct. 3. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

( - Quoting conservative talk show host Mark Levin on Sunday, President Trump tweeted: "Serial killers get more Due Process than the Democrats give to the President of the United States." @marklevinshow"

On Sunday, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) said President Trump wants Congress to launch a formal impeachment process, which would give Republicans more of a voice than they have now.

Zeldin, appearing on ABC's "This Week," had sharp words for Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the chair of the House intelligence committee, who is leading the informal "impeachment inquiry," and who wants to get Americans "drunk on his favorite cocktail."

"The president wants there to be a process," Zeldin said:

The president is saying that there should be a vote for an impeachment inquiry...there should be a process.

The minority party should have subpoena power. The president should have counsel present. He should be able to cross-exam witnesses; he should be able to present evidence.

There should be a process, but instead what Adam Schiff wants is to get the United States of America drunk on his favorite cocktail. There's three ingredients. One is cherry-picking leaks, second is withholding facts, and three is just outright lying.

I mean he is -- he lied about his whistleblower contact, he lied when he gave his opening statement in front of the Acting Director of National Intelligence, he lied when he said that President Trump requested President Zelensky to, quote, manufacture dirt.

Now, if we all had Ambassador Volker's testimony, we would know that that's not true. We would also know that it obliterated the quid pro quo charge, that fairytale, that President Trump supposedly demanded that there would be an investigation open against the Bidens in order to get aide from the United States to Ukraine.

The White House last week informed Congress that President Trump will not participate in an informal impeachment inquiry that "lacks any legitimate constitutional foundation, any pretense of fairness, or even the most elementary due process protections."

Zeldin said he "absolutely" believes that the U.S. and Ukraine "should be working together" to investigate corruption, "whether it's Burisma, it's Joe Biden, it's Zlochevsky, it's Hunter Biden, that there shouldn't be a immunity from scrutiny just because Joe Biden is running for president."

"The threshold question is what did Burisma, Zlochevsky, Joe Biden and Hunter Biden do?" Zeldin asked.

"And in this case, I have a huge issue with the fact that Hunter Biden, with no energy experience, with no Ukraine experience, gets paid at least $50,000 a month from a corrupt company run by a corrupt oligarch solely because he is the vice president's son. The vice president, who literally was the most conflicted guy out in the Obama administration."

Zeldin said he is "greatly concerned" by Hunter Biden's "arrangement."

"It is either illegal or it should be illegal, what they did...The fact that they would hire Hunter Biden, the fact that Joe Biden would be selected to run point to be in charge of the grants to Ukraine, be in charge of the loans and so much more, and then go to Ukraine and threaten to withhold $1 billion from Ukraine unless they immediately fire the state prosecutor, who by the way, happened to be investigating Burisma and Zlochevsky. By the way, those are all facts.

"There are people out in the media saying it's been debunked, it's not true. Everything I said is 100 percent accurate. I have a problem with that as well."

Host Jonathan Karl asked Zeldin if he agrees that President Trump had a "perfect call" with Ukraine President Zelensky.

"I think that there was a lot of really important, great things that were discussed in that call," Zeldin said. "The only thing that's being criticized, which, by the way, definitely isn't impeachable conduct, the fact that we're tearing the country in half, trying to bring down a sitting president, because we've pledged -- many in the House to resist, oppose, impeach and obstruct everything and anything -- I have a problem with that. We should be passing USMCA, we should be lowering the cost of prescription drug prices."


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