Rep. Lee Zeldin addresses members of the media at a press conference held in response to the party-line vote in the House of Representatives to set guidelines to pursue an impeachment inquiry into President Trump.
"I don't believe that Burisma, Joe Biden, Huter Biden, they should be immune from scrutiny just because Joe Biden is running for president. If that's not illegal, it should be illegal," he said.
REP. LEE ZELDIN: You all are being used. Some of you are happy about it, some of you are not. But many of you are reporting 0% of the story. There was one story that came out yesterday in Politico that was filled with falsehoods. Just somebody lied to you. I watched CNN last night and I saw a host, one allegation after another, say stuff that just was not true. Your sources, those Dems in that bunker are trying to create a narrative because Adam Schiff aspires to write the world's greatest parody.
Two floors below us, in his bunker, Adam Schiff is tearing up his parody. He's going to have to rewrite it. Isn't it kind of curious that you don't know what's going on today with Tim Morrison in his deposition? Why is it that you don't have the information, the opening statements statements? He was Alex Vindman's boss. On the substance, as Jim Jordan just pointed out, the Ukraine aid was not known to be held up. They did not say anything to us until just before it was released and then it was released.
As Jim Jordan pointed out, guess what Ukraine had to do in order to get that hold released? Nothing.
Adam Schiff needs to release all the transcripts right now. On behalf of our constituents, on behalf of the American public, for everyone who's pissed about being misled by Adam Schiff and his cohorts hiding in the bunker of the Capitol basement, using you to lie to our constituents, release the darn transcripts. Let's have a conversation about substance.
I'll tell you what, you lost the conversation about process. You're losing the conversation about the process. Bring it on about substance, because our president was right in being concerned about corruption. Our president was right in wanting to look into interference in the 2016 election and the President of the United States is right to be concerned about a corrupt foreign company run by a corrupt Ukrainian oligarch, hiring the son of the vice president with no energy experience, no Ukraine experience for at least $50,000... a month. Then the vice president of the United States, who was literally the most conflicted person out in the Obama administration to be running point with Ukraine goes over to Ukraine and threatens the loss of $1 billion if they don't immediately fire the prosecutor who had an open investigation into Burisma. I don't believe that Burisma, Joe Biden, Huter Biden, they should be immune from scrutiny just because Joe Biden is running for president.
If that's not illegal, it should be illegal. And never again, never again in this country should we have a son of a sitting vice president based solely on their name without any energy experience or any Ukraine experience being paid from a corrupt company run by a corrupt oligarch with an open corruption investigation into it. So on the substance, I say to Adam, bring it on. Release the darn transcripts and do it today.