SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – A congressman from Texas defends President Trump while another accused him of committing or attempting to commit criminal actions.

Republican Congressman John Ratcliffe of Texas criticized the impeachment investigation and attacked the credibility of the two witnesses, William Taylor, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, and George Kent, deputy assistant secretary of state of European and Eurasian affairs.

“Where is the impeachable offense in that call?” Ratcliffe asked. “Are either of you here to today to assert there was an impeachable offense in that call? Shout it out. Anyone?”

House committees are investigating whether the president withheld military aid from Ukraine in exchange for the country launching an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

Congressman Joaquin Castro from San Antonio suggested that just because Ukraine eventually received the aid doesn’t mean there was no crime committed.

“Is attempted murder a crime?” asked Castro.

“Attempted murder is a crime,” Taylor replied.

“Is attempted robbery a crime?” he asked.

“Neither of us is a lawyer,” Taylor said before Castro interrupted.

“I think anyone in this room could answer that question,” Castro said.

“I’ll go out on a limb and say yes it is,” Taylor said.

“Is attempted extortion and bribery a crime?” Castro asked.

“I don’t know sir,” Taylor said.

Another hearing is scheduled Friday.

Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, questions top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine William Taylor, and career Foreign Service officer George Kent, at the House Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, during the first public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump’s efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)


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