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By Victor Garcia | Fox News

From the view of the White House and some top Republicans, U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart’s questioning of former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch on Friday was the point where House Democrats’ impeachment argument showed the party had “no case” against President Trump.

During Friday’s public hearings, Yovanovitch told Stewart, a Utah Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, that she could supply the panel with no information regarding criminal activity or bribes that President Trump  may have been involved with.

Stewart: “I would now feel compelled to ask you, Madam Ambassador, as you sit here before us, very simply and directly, do you have any information regarding the president of the United States accepting any bribes?”

TRUMP ATTACKS MARIE YOVANOVITCH DURING IMPEACHMENT HEARING, SAYS EVERYWHERE SHE WENT ‘TURNED BAD’

Yovanovitch: “No.”

Stewart: “Do you have any information regarding any criminal activity that the president of the United States has been involved with at all?”

Yovanovitch: “No.”

Stewart thanked Yovanovitch before predicting that public support for impeachment would decrease after the hearings.

“The American people know this is nonsense,” Stewart said. “The American people know this is unfair.”

“The American people know this is nonsense. The American people know this is unfair.”— U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart, House Intelligence Committee

Both the White House and some top Republicans reacted to the exchange, saying it proved their argument that the impeachment inquiry was without merit.

“In 30 seconds,” a White House message on Twitter read, “@RepChrisStewart got the answers that House democrats have spent 7 hours trying to avoid.

“7 hours that Congress could’ve spent working for you–on drug price legislation, USMCA, immigration reform, or infrastructure–instead of for their own political careers.”

The White House@WhiteHouse

In 30 seconds, @RepChrisStewart got the answers that House Democrats have spent 7 hours trying to avoid.

7 hours that Congress could’ve spent working for you—on drug price legislation, USMCA, immigration reform, or infrastructure—instead of for their own political careers. https://twitter.com/RepMarkMeadows/status/1195416159492943873 …Mark Meadows@RepMarkMeadowsBravo from @RepChrisStewart, who just summarized this whole hearing:

Q: “Do you have any information regarding POTUS accepting bribes?”

Yovanovitch: “No”

Q: Do you have any evidence of any criminal activity from POTUS?”

Yovanovitch: “No”

That, there, should be the ballgame
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“Zero evidence of wrongdoing by the President was presented,” White house press secretary Stephanie Grisham wrote in a statement. “In fact, Ambassador Yovanovitch testified under oath that she was unaware of any criminal activity involving President Trump.”

Grisham added later: “It is difficult to image a greater waste of time than today’s hearing, and yet unfortinately we expect more of the same partisan political theater next week from House Democrats.”

“Zero evidence of wrongdoing by the President was presented. … It is difficult to image a greater waste of time than today’s hearing.”— Stephanie Grisham, White House press secretary

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., reacted to the exchange on Twitter, saying that Democrats had “no case.”

“The Democrats second day impeachment witness, Ambassador Yovanovitch, has no information on any of the relevant questions,” Meadows tweeted. “They have no case. This is not serious.”

Mark Meadows@RepMarkMeadows

The Democrats second day impeachment witness, Ambassador Yovanovitch, has no information on any of the relevant questions.

They have no case. This is not serious.41.2K2:23 PM – Nov 15, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy24.1K people are talking about this

Earlier, Meadows wrote that Stewart’s questioning of Yovanovitch had “summarized this whole hearing.”

Mark Meadows@RepMarkMeadows

Bravo from @RepChrisStewart, who just summarized this whole hearing:

Q: “Do you have any information regarding POTUS accepting bribes?”

Yovanovitch: “No”

Q: Do you have any evidence of any criminal activity from POTUS?”

Yovanovitch: “No”

That, there, should be the ballgame66.5K1:59 PM – Nov 15, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy31.9K people are talking about this

Stewart later predicted that more Americans would support Trump as a result of the hearings.

“The American people are going to be able to see the evidence and they’re going to be able to make their own determination regarding that,” Stewart told the Salt Lake Tribune. He also apologized to Yovanovitch for being “drugged” [dragged] into appearing.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw and Alex Pappas contributed to this report.

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