The messages between American diplomats on Ukraine contact do not show quid pro quo of President Donald Trump's alleged pressuring of Ukraine to investigate his political rival according to Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah.
"It's just not true," Stewart, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, told "Fox News Sunday." "And this is great example of the dishonesty of how this investigation is run, and I wish we could elaborate that on Chairman [Adam] Schiff and the dishonesty he's displayed. This is a great example of it.
"They take little snippets of emails and texts, they leak those without releasing the transcript. If you release the transcript of this entire hearing, it's very clear that Mr. [Kurt] Volker and others said there was no quid pro quo.
"This was no linkage between this."
Stewart noted the withholding of aid to Ukraine was to pressure Europe to reciprocate, not pressure Ukraine to root out corruption they already sought to root out with their new administration.
"It's never even mentioned," Stewart told Wallace of the July 25 call between President Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. "He doesn't ever offer a quid pro quo."
Stewart added he heard in the spring the aid to Ukraine was going to be held up to pressure Europe, with no mention of the investigations into Joe Biden or his son Hunter's business dealings in the Ukraine.
"This is an example of, 'let's just sneak some stuff out there and let's let the press run with it for a while,'" Stewart said. "'Eventually the transcript will show it's not true, but by then we will already have done our damage.' It's malicious for them to leak like this and to not do it fairly."
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