Tuesday's full day of impeachment hearings will show that the "swamp" is trying to say it has a better idea than President Donald Trump about what should happen with foreign aid, Rep. Mark Meadows said before the proceedings convened.
"This really boils down to one thing," the North Carolina Republican told Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "The president of the United States not only did not condition aid, but he has the right to set foreign policy. What you're seeing play out today is really about the swamp trying to say, we have a better idea than the president of the United States and the American people in terms of what should happen with foreign aid."
House Intelligence Committee members are hearing public testimony from career foreign service officer Jennifer Williams, a staffer to Vice President Mike Pence, and Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, an Army officer at the National Security Council. Both were on the July 25 telephone call between Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
"What they will hear from Miss Williams is that the vice president of the United States met with President Zelenskiy, did not bring up investigations, did not bring up any conditionality as it relates to aid," said Meadows. "In fact, it was just the opposite. It was a good meeting, a perfect meeting and when we look at that we'll start to see that the very elevated, the highest-ranking officials in the U.S. and Ukraine didn't have a problem with that."
Meanwhile, Meadows said he can understand why Trump has been tweeting during the public proceedings, including slamming former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch while she was answering questions.
"He has not been able to be afforded to be in the room, so some would understand why he is reaching out trying to get his narrative out," said Meadows. "That being said, I think what we'll see today is not only a sleepy kind of day that goes from morning to afternoon, a good day for the president."
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