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To accept the Democrats theory of the case, youve got to believe the Ukrainians are lying to us, Gaetz said during a hearing to mark up articles of impeachment against Trump.

“That theyre so weak and theyre so dependent on the United States, that we cant believe a word they say. Well, again, where were you during the Obama administration when this weak ally didnt get Javelins [missiles] that were then withheld?

Gaetz went on to call the abuse of power article of impeachment against Trump a total joke, saying it was only written because no specific crimes could be proven.

I’ve got a lot of constituents who think Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaTrump’s intervention on military justice system was lawful and properThe mullahs seek to control uncontrolled chaosPoll: Majority of Democrats thinks Obama was better president than WashingtonMORE abused his power but you know what? We didnt do this to the country, added Gaetz, who entered office in early 2017, shortly before Obama finished his term.

We didnt put him through this nonsense in this impeachment. You all set the standard. We didnt set it. You said this would have to be bipartisan, compelling and overwhelming. It aint that, and this looks pretty bad, he said.