Impeachment news roundup: Public hearings to begin next week
Public impeachment hearings begin in a week.
A week from today, public impeachment hearings will begin, said House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff this morning. We will be following live - so join us here or set your DVR!
Read the deposition transcripts.
Here are all the deposition transcripts that have been released thus far by Schiff’s committee.
Former Ambassador to Ukraine (fired by Trump) Marie Yovanivich.
Former Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State Ambassador P. Michael McKinley
Former Special representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker:
Ukraine Embassy Chief of Mission Ambassador Bill Taylor
The House Intelligence Committee has made it easy for everyone to follow Trump’s abuse of power at a special website dedicated to the impeachment inquiry.
GOP is moving to out the whistleblower
Republicans, in the mean time, have been relegated to closing their eyes, sticking their fingers into their ears, and going Trump is great. Senate Judiciary Chair Lindsey Graham said he will not read the transcripts (won’t that be ironic when he shows up at a Trump rally wearing one of those T-shirts).
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and other Republicans have also adopted the posture that the whistleblower must be outed against federal law, because, they claim, Trump has a fundamental right to “confront his accuser.”
That would be true if an impeachment trial were a criminal court, but it is not. Also, too, if it were a criminal court, jurors - the Senators - would have no right to call witnesses, and be limited to the witnesses called by the prosecutors (i.e. the House) and the defense (Trump). Also, jurors who publicly pal around with a criminal defendant are disqualified, so if this were criminal court, Democratic senators alone would be trying Trump.
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