Impeachment hearings kick off Wednesday and the public expects to hear a cacophony of noise from career diplomats and media buffoons who call themselves journalists, but one voice has been silenced, the president’s.
Charge d’Affaires in Ukraine, William Taylor, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent, are the first two witnesses to testify on behalf of Democrats at the televised event, led by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), but not a single witness has been confirmed as yet to defend the accused, President Donald Trump.
Treacherous House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) spoke with Fox News on Tuesday, on the eve of the hearings: “Well, it’s a calm day, it’s a prayerful day, it’s a solemn day for our country.”
“It’s a sad day, which I wish we never had to face,” said the smarmy lawmaker who has callously rammed rules devoid of due process through the House on a party line vote.
Democrats have shamelessly debased the impeachment process and the office of the presidency for purely vindictive and politically expedient purposes. The media are ecstatic to wrap this travesty in a shiny bow and deliver it to Trump to meet the Democrats’ Christmas deadline.
Their case rests on a spurious, debunked claim from an anonymous whistleblower that Trump held back aid to Ukraine in the hope its leader would investigate Joe Biden, the former US vice president who is seeking the White House in 2020 and his son Hunter, who held a lucrative position on the board of Ukraine company Burisma.
In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, defended the July 25th call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to discuss corruption.
“Mr. Trump requested that Ukraine root out corruption; he didn’t demand it. His words were cordial, agreeable and free of any element of threat or coercion. Mr. Trump offered nothing in return to Ukraine for cleaning up corruption. If you doubt me, read the transcript. Allegations of Burisma-Biden corruption weren’t even a major part of the conversation. The focus was on Ukrainian corruption broadly speaking and out of a five-page transcript Mr. Trump spent only six lines on Joe Biden,” Giuliani wrote.
Schiff, who has been granted complete authority to run the inquiry, slammed Republicans, denying requests for Hunter Biden and the whistleblower to testify in a letter Saturday claiming Republicans want to stage “sham” investigations into the Biden family.
House Republicans on the three committees tasked with the impeachment inquiry released an 18-page memorandum Monday night. It read in part:
“Now as the Democrats move their proceedings into open hearings, their process is still one-sided, partisan, and fundamentally unfair. There is no co-equal subpoena power. There are no due process protections for the President. There is no guarantee that Chairman Schiff will call witnesses put forward by Republicans. In fact, Chairman Schiff has already denied the minority’s request to call the anonymous whistleblower whose complaint initiated the inquiry.”
The resolution governing the inquiry allows the President’s counsel to participate in the proceedings in the House only after the Judiciary Committee begins weighing final articles of impeachment. Their defense of the president rests on four pillars:
- The July 25 call summary — the best evidence of the conversation — shows no conditionality or evidence of pressure.
- Both President Zelensky and President Trump have publicly and repeatedly said there was no pressure to investigate the President’s political rivals.
- The Ukrainian government was not aware that U.S. security assistance was delayed at the time of the July 25 phone call.
- The United States provided security assistance to Ukraine and President Trump met with President Zelensky without Ukraine ever investigating President Trump‘s political rivals.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) blasted the impeachment hearing in an appearance on Fox News with host Sean Hannity on Tuesday night.
“What’s happening in the House is basically un-American. No American, including Donald Trump, should be accused of misdeeds without confronting their accuser, which is the whistleblower, and no American should be denied the ability to tell their side of the story by calling witnesses to explain their defense. That’s being denied the President of United States.”
“So why am I not going to watch this hearing tomorrow?” Graham asked. “Because I think it is a threat to the presidency. I don’t want to legitimize it. It’s un-American. It denies the basics of due process,” Graham said.
America has always been a beacon of democracy and due process for the world. This show trial will collapse soon. The citizenry will put a stop to this mockery of our most cherished institutions: the Congress and the presidency.