Today is the day that we begin to hear the story behind the Ukraine issue. From where I sit, I see two different tactics that are at play.
First, the Democrats will have to show that Trump has abused the power of his office and violated his oath of office. They will have to do this in clear and concise terms that our cynical public can understand. If they try to get bogged down in the specifics, they stand a chance to lose the crowd. Focusing on the fact that the actions constitute a de facto case of bribery will be their goal. Bribery is listed in the Constitution as a reason for impeaching and removing the president.
The GOP, on the other hand, have the monumental task of convincing America that Trump’s actions do not warrant removal from office. Based on the testimony leaked thus far, the Dems have a fairly strong case of bribery. Add that Trump insists his call was perfect and continually shreds the foundation that the GOP would need to stand on to make their case, and you have the recipe for a hard case for the GOP to defend.
When you look at the defense strategy of calling Hunter Biden to testify, that shows the GOP lacks any strong evidence to defend Trump and are instead left to distraction tactics. If Biden’s son is needed to testify to defend Trump for wanting to investigate corruption, then that would open the door for Dems to call Ivanka, Eric, and Donald Jr to show current corruption involving the offspring of an office holder. I seriously doubt the GOP would agree to the latter three testifying though.
I’ve linked to a live feed via YouTube above. Hopefully it will work and allow people to listen along as they go through the day. This is my first time trying to link to a live feed, so my fingers are crossed. If time allows, I’ll offer a recap of what I’ve heard/read through the day.
The first round of public hearings are done, and things went about as well as I expected. I haven’t listened to all of the hearing nor have I read the transcripts, but I don’t see any Corey Lewandowski type crap happening with the witnesses.
As far as the members of Congress, I’ve seen that the GOP Reps did what they do best and try to hammer home their talking points without doing anything remotely resembling defending Trump or his actions. Democrats appear to have tried to walk people along to paint out the actions going on with the administration and how those actions differed from past diplomatic missions.
One huge flashing red light that I see that is not being discussed even among the pundit class is this. For all the complaining from the Republicans about wanting to have the whistle blower testify so they can hear first hand accounts of things, there is not a single, solitary Republican asking Donald Trump to come testify before the House to hear things directly from the horse’s mouth. I wonder why?
After all, these are the same Republicans who whined incessantly about closed door testimony and asked for open hearings. When they got open hearings, they complained about that. They’ve complained that Trump has no legal representation in the hearings and is unable to face his accusers. We can end this all in a matter of hours if the GOP asks Trump to come in and testify under oath.
If this is a witch hunt and Trump is innocent, why doesn’t he allow all his people around him who can prove his innocence the opportunity to testify before Congress and present his case? I don’t know of anyone who is innocent that has refused to give his side of the story to prove his innocence. I don’t know of an innocent person who has witnesses to verify his innocence that refused to let those witnesses offer their stories.
That leads me with my investigative intuition to surmise that Trump’s story is crap. He undoubtedly knows he is not innocent. His handlers know he is not innocent. They’re going to sling as much mud as they can to avoid anyone giving a first-hand account to blow his bs story out of the water. You can mark my statement on that this date.
Trump abused his power and attempted to extort the president of Ukraine to further his political career. His cover up actions are no different now than they were when Mueller was investigating the Russia interference. The crap the GOP throws out about Crowdstrike is proof positive. They claim Crowdstrike helped Dems yet the RNC currently is contracting some of their cyber operations to that very same group. What person of a sound mind would do business with a group that supposedly conspired against them?
Keep digging Dems. At some point, reality has to finally sink in for America.