Yesterday, the Dem “impeachment inquiry”, held behind closed doors, and with Adam Schiff controlling everything rolled on with Ambassador Bill Taylor, the top US diplomat to Ukraine testifying. Schiff released Ambassador Taylor’s opening statement. If other witness testimony corroborates Taylor’s recounting of the events that transpired, the Trump impeachment effort got a shot of adrenaline out of this testimony. Of course, it’s best to caveat that with a huge “perhaps”, since we only got the ambassador’s opening statement, not his 10 hours of testimony.
The biggest impediment to the Dems impeachment effort is how they are trying to run it in secret, in order to try to control the media spin by selectively leaking. At the same time Schiff won’t even allow Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee open access to transcripts:
The Dems sleazy efforts to control the media impeachment spin will undermine the legitimacy of their impeachment effort in the long run… unless Trump inflicts more devastating damage to himself through more impulsive, chaos-inducing decisions. The fall-out from Trump’s Syria decision seems to have the potential to propel more Congressional Republicans to consider washing their hands of defending Trump than anything pertaining to Schiff’s Ukraine quid pro quo allegation.
Sleazy Schiff and the corrupt Dems deserve the equally sleazy and corrupt Trump as an adversary. I just wish Trump had remained a loudmouth Dem who spent lots of money buying political influence among Dem politicians and hobnobbing with the likes CNN’s Jeff Zucker, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, and shock jock, Howard Stern…
Here’s a PBS link with Ambassador Taylor’s statement too: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/read-ambassador-william-taylors-full-opening-statement