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In stark contrast to her interview with Democratic impeachment managers last week, where she teed them up and gave them free rein to make their case and throw out new accusation without evidence, CBS Evening News anchor Norah O’Donnell got combative with a group of congressional Republicans (Rep. Mark Meadows (NC), Rep. Elise Stefanik (NY). Rep. Doug Collins (GA), and Rep. Debbie Lesko (AZ)). And in return, they schooled her on the lack of evidence for impeachment and the new, dubious book by former National Security Advisor John Bolton.
As the first question in the video below shows, one of the questions O’Donnell asked the group stood out, not so much for what was asked but how it was seemingly edited. Judging from the fact that O’Donnell’s voice became desynced from the video, the audio quality changed, and her lips didn’t match the words, it’s safe to suggest most of the question was added in post-production.
Whatever the reason for the edit, the televised question was: “He says it was well-known within the White House that the aid was tied to the announcement of investigations, political investigations.”
Stefanik stepped up and called out the Democrats’ star witness. “Gordon Sondland, as you saw in the President's team's testimony, they said he presumed and assumed. There was no direct conversation,” she said, noting that if Bolton was so important, why didn’t Adam Schiff (D-CA) subpoena him?