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Impeachment Hearings Day 1

Here is the link to the C-Span live feed.

You can also check the Canadian CBC feed. It starts at 10:00am.

These two feeds are suggested to avoid biased commentary that we might hear on CNN, MSNBC or FOX.

I’ll be working so please keep me up to date with your comments. I’ll check them at lunch.

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Highlight du Jour (so far):

7 Responses

  1. Taylor seems very dedicated and credible, as does Kent. Daniel Goldman, who used to be on MSNBC as a legal commentator, is very impressive as a questioner. I will turn off Nunes. It has been suggested that Republicans are going to use their time to out the whistleblower, and keep mentioning his name, to “blow up” the hearing.

    In a brief break, MSNBC has Wallace, who says this is bombshell testimony. Clare McCaskill is there, Neal Katyall. Chuck Rosenberg. Oops, George Conway, I’ve never seen him. What are the Conways up to? Cheri Jacobus thinks “Anonymous” is Kellyanne Conway.

    I think that what is not being mentioned enough is the damage to Biden and Hillary. Not that we have to support his candidacy, but Trump was using his power to extort a vulnerable world leader to make up a story about Biden, thus destroying his candidacy. That is absolutely unacceptable use of power. Imagine another President holding up foreign aid to any country unless that leader makes false accusations against an American citizen. Biden counts, too, in this story, as of course does Hillary. Trump was demanding that Zelensky start and verbally confirm an investigation of Hillary. If people did not know (as they were not supposed to) that this was caused by Trump’s extortion, it would look like a foreign leader was unilaterally declaring these investigations, which to the American media, would make them all look credible. That is pure evil.

  2. Is it true that Taylor said that someone on his staff had a dinner with Sondlund on 7/26/19 and that Sondlund called Trump who wanted to know if the Ukrainians were going to do the investigation on the Bidens??
    You have to wonder why the staff member didn’t mention this before. What could be the reason??

    • Sondlund will apparently be appearing as a witness, I think next week. That should be quite interesting. There is a risk in calling him, in that he is obviously pro-Trump. But he does not want to go to jail for perjury, so we’ll see how he tries to wiggle out of it.

    • RD to answer your question YES, Taylor said this

    • Maybe he has a mortgage to pay, and wasn’t anxious to put his job on the line.

  3. The aid got released because the whisttleblower revealed what had been going on. This is obvious. The Republican arguments that “well, the aid got released, so the idea that it would not be released until the investigation were announced,, is wrong,” is patently false. It is backwards. The aid got released in an effort to try to avoid the implications of the extortion. Why does no one ask, in some context, if not this one, why the aid suddenly got released? The time frame should make the answer obvious. It is an important point which I think is being missed.

    • I was happy to hear Schiff bring this up in his closing statement. There was no mention by the Rs of anything but that the funds were released so what’s the issue. I think it would have been better for this to have been brought up at the beginning… because by the time Schiff brought it up all the soundbites for the day were probably sealed. When we hear that the funds were released, we need to point out why.

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