- This time around didn’t have the high drama of a fictitious account of a phone call, but it DID have plenty of political posturing on both sides.
Schiff, being the guy with the gavel, kicked off this clown show.
Schiff began by outlining the problem as he sees it:
Ukraine, after being attacked by Russia in 2014, had a new leader arise on an anti-corruption platform. He was eager to win the favor of the American President, and Schiff believes, Trump exploited that eagerness for personal, political gain.
Schiff injected the word ‘debunked and discredited’ into every reference of the alleged Ukraine 2016 election interference that Politico reported on. And he inserted charged words like ‘scheme’ and ‘insidious’ into the narrative.
He also made broad assumptions about the President’s personal motives.
He then went into allegations about Trump’s assertions of Executive Privilege and made some statements about the balance of power in the separate branches.
Not surprisingly, he invoked their favorite quote of the Founders ‘a Republic, if you can keep it’.
Nunes opened with a reply. We are supposed to forget about years of Democrats on this very committee having ‘more than circumstances’ between Russia and president Trump, or reading the discredited Steele Dossier into the Congressional record, or requesting naked pictures of Trump from russian pranksters pretending to be Ukranian officials, or leaking a false story to CNN while he was still testifying to the Committee claiming that Don Trump Jr. had leaked to Wikileaks.
Carefully-orchestrated media smear campaign.
3 crucial questions:
1) What is the full extent of the Democrats’ prior coordination with the whistleblower, and who else did the whistleblower coordinate this effort with?
2) What is the full extent of Ukraine’s election meddling against the Trump campaign?
3) Why did Burisma hire Hunter Biden? What did he do for them? And did his position affect any US government actions under the Obama administration?
These questions will remain outstanding because the Republicans were denied the right to call witnesses that know these answers.
What we will witness today is a televised theatrical performance.
Here are a few initial responses on social media. The voices on the left are much as you would expect, sharpening their knives and waiting for his head on a plate.
Here’s what the other side thought:
In March, Democrat Adam Schiff said a partisan impeachment is an "exercise doomed for failure, and I see little to be gained by putting the country through that kind of wrenching experience."
Now he's decided to hurt the country anyway! pic.twitter.com/orO3q0B92z
— Trump War Room (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@TrumpWarRoom) November 12, 2019
And asked if he will block Republicans’ questions, he refuses to say.
So much for this being a “fair” or “bipartisan” process!pic.twitter.com/Igcnoa5lxK
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) November 13, 2019
Schiff just falsely stated that Russia "hacked" the 2016 presidential election
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) November 13, 2019
Stunning change in the Dems' talking points: gone is quid pro quo. In is bribe. But the money was lawfully appropriated by Congress, so not a bribe.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) November 13, 2019
He's just unbearable. https://t.co/C92kz61JSF
— The🐰FOO (@PolitiBunny) November 13, 2019
The Media praised Nancy Pelosi as “brilliant” for fighting AGAINST impeachment—until she lost control of her party and had to allow a totally partisan impeachment vote! pic.twitter.com/Qbt7dHJzDM
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) November 13, 2019
Last impeachment hearing Adam Schiff fabricated out of thin-air, the contents of the Trump phone call with Ukraine’s President.
Not a word he says here is true.
Not. A. Word
This entire dark carnival is sad, unhinged Orange Man Bad fan fiction:pic.twitter.com/EzzFDsS0kk
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) November 13, 2019
Rep. Eric Swalwell: "It's an abuse of power to remove an ambassador for political reasons because you don't like what they're doing." pic.twitter.com/15EzI9Pon6
— The Hill (@thehill) November 7, 2019
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