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 StewartHouse GOP wants Senate Republicans to do more on impeachment How House Republicans have stayed unified on impeachment The Hill's Morning Report - Wild Wednesday: Sondland testimony, Dem debate take center stage MORE (R-Utah), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said on Sunday that he thinks the evidence for impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report MORE “is crumbling” after the first week of public hearings. 

"This Week" host George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosBiden reverses, says marijuana isn't a gateway drug Democrats look to next steps in impeachment Klobuchar says subpoenaing the whistleblower 'would be a serious, serious mistake' MORE said to Stewart on ABC that the evidence of a White House effort to influence Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGabbard moves to New Hampshire ahead of primary Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Trump's legal team huddles with Senate Republicans 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 YovanovitchWashington state Democrat announces retirement The Hill's Morning Report - Dem impeachment report highlights phone records Phone records detail extent of Giuliani, White House contacts MORE did not offer any evidence on Friday when he asked her during a public hearing if Trump committed bribery or criminal acts.

“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 SondlandThe Memo: Will impeachment hurt Democrats or Trump? Trump vs. 130 years of civil service What Congress can't get, the people can: Trump documents are damning and there are more to come 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.