House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer Thursday urged lawmakers to wait until all of the evidence in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump and Ukraine is in before making a decision, but he has "no doubt that there's an awful lot of smoke."
"As you know, a judge in a trial says to the jury, look, don't make a conclusion until you hear all of the evidence, both the prosecution or the plaintiff and the defense side, the closing arguments," the Maryland Democrat told MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "Reserve your judgment and consider the evidence as a whole. I think that's equally applicable to members of the Congress of the United States."
Hoyer said he's seen a lot of evidence, and he does have his opinions on the weight of the evidence, but he will reserve judgment until all testimony is heard and a decision is made on that evidence.
Meanwhile, he rejected the argument from Republicans that Ukraine got its military aid, even though Ukraine's president did not announce an investigation was being conducted on Joe and Hunter Biden.
"There was a foul but it didn't result in an injury, and it didn't result in an injury because President (Volodymyr) Zelenskiy clearly did not want to pursue it," said Hoyer. "He was being put in a very bad spot because, after all, the president had a lot of money, hundreds of millions of dollars which he needed to defend his country and his people from Russian aggression."
The fact is, the plot was not successful because of the whistleblower's report, which was submitted to Congress just a few days before the money was released, said Hoyer.
"It was not until after that whistle was blown that the money was released, so the rationalization that somehow this is okay because of what I believe to be the criminal behavior was not ultimately affected," said Hoyer. "It is sort of like the conspiracy to rob a bank, go in the bank to get money and it happens there's no money there and, therefore, the bank although it was broken into, guns were put in a teller's face, it was not a crime because there was no money there. It simply doesn't hold water."
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