GOP rep on impeachment: 'I think the evidence is crumbling'

GOP rep on impeachment: 'I think the evidence is crumbling'
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Rep. Chris StewartChristopher (Chris) Douglas StewartAtlanta Wendy's 911 call the night of Rayshard Brooks's death released Tyler Perry offers to pay for funeral of Rayshard Brooks Current, former NHL players form diversity coalition to fight intolerance in hockey MORE (R-Utah), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said on Sunday that he thinks the evidence for impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election Planned Parenthood: 'The fate of our rights' depends on Ginsburg replacement Progressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancy MORE “is crumbling” after the first week of public hearings. 

"This Week" host George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosTrump ABC town hall pulls in fewer viewers than 'America's Got Talent,' NBA, Fox News The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - Trump contradicts CDC director on vaccine, masks The Memo: Warning signs flash for Trump on debates MORE said to Stewart on ABC that the evidence of a White House effort to influence Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSenate Republicans face tough decision on replacing Ginsburg What Senate Republicans have said about election-year Supreme Court vacancies Biden says Ginsburg successor should be picked by candidate who wins on Nov. 3 MORE by withholding military aid is "building," referencing private testimony from State Department aide David Holmes and former National Security Council official Tim Morrison.

“It’s tied directly now to President Trump, isn’t it?” Stephanopoulos asked.

“I disagree with you, George,” Stewart replied. “I don’t think the evidence is building at all, and I’m being sincere in this. I think the evidence is crumbling.”

The Utah representative also condemned Democrats for “goal post moving” by changing the focus of their impeachment inquiry from a quid pro quo to bribery.

Stewart noted that former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie YovanovitchMarie YovanovitchGrand jury adds additional counts against Giuliani associates Lev Parnas and and Igor Fruman Strzok: Trump behaving like an authoritarian Powell backs Biden at convention as Democrats rip Trump on security MORE did not offer any evidence on Friday when he asked her during a public hearing if Trump committed bribery or criminal acts.

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“I think the longer these [hearings go] on, I think the less the American people are going to support impeachment because I think that the evidence just doesn’t support it,” Stewart said. 

Holmes reportedly testified that he overheard a conversation between Trump and Ambassador to the European Union Gordon SondlandGordon SondlandGOP chairman vows to protect whistleblowers following Vindman retirement over 'bullying' Top Democrat slams Trump's new EU envoy: Not 'a political donor's part-time job' Trump names new EU envoy, filling post left vacant by impeachment witness Sondland MORE about the Ukrainian pressure campaign. 

Morrison, meanwhile, told lawmakers that Sondland pushed Ukraine, on behalf of Trump, to launch two investigations that could help the president politically, according to a transcript release Saturday by House Democrats.