After Taylor Shuts Down GOP Congressman During Impeachment Hearing, Fox Anchor Bret Baier Amplifies Stunt Question

Fox anchor Bret Baier amplified a question asked by Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) of William Taylor, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, at the November 13 Trump impeachment hearing. Baier pointed to a brief pause in the footage to indicate that Williams believed Trump's offense wasn't impeachable. But Williams' subsequent answer revealed that he didn't believe he was in the position to decide such a matter.

"So, in this impeachment hearing today, where we impeach presidents for treason or bribery or other high crimes, where is the impeachable offense in that call?" Ratcliffe said during the hearing. "Are either of you here today to assert there was an impeachable offense in that call? Shout it out! Anyone?!"

"While I am aware that the committee has requested my testimony as part of impeachment proceedings, I am not here to take one side or the other or to advocate for any particular outcome," Taylor replied. "Mr. Ratcliffe, if I can just respond. Let me just reiterate—"

"I've only got a minute left," Ratcliffe said to Taylor.

"You asked the witness a question," House Intel chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said.

"I withdraw the question!" Ratcliffe said, but Schiff told him to continue with the answer.

"Mr. Ratcliffe, I would just like to say that I'm not here to do anything are having to do with the [decision] about impeachment," Taylor said to Ratcliffe. "That is not what either of us are here to do. This is your job."

Ratcliffe then asked for his time to be restored to a full minute, only to have Schiff tell him that he had 22 seconds left.

"Fine," said Ratcliffe, who said that House Democrats had "made up their minds" about impeaching Trump and said that they were calling Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelinskiy a "liar" in doing so, as well as calling the president a liar in not trusting his intent in conducting such a conversation with Zelinskiy. Then he yielded the floor back.

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Fox News Host Bret Baier aired a clip of a question at the November 13 Trump Impeachment hearing, cutting it off before the witness' testimony could play fully and skewing the question in favor of President Trump. Charles Ommanney/Getty

As part of his opening statement, Taylor declared that he wouldn't give his opinion as to whether or not Trump should be impeached.

On Fox News, Baier played the footage and skewed Taylor's answer in favor of President Trump, Baier called the incident a "key moment", and played back the clip of the moment.

But Baier did not air Taylor's response to Ratcliffe's question, in which he maintained his impartiality.

Baier then called it a "powerful" moment before turning to his panel for a response.