FoxNews.com reports that
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff set the stage for the first public hearings as part of the impeachment inquiry by vowing to keep questions at Wednesday’s lead-off session focused on the Ukraine controversy — in an implicit shot at Republican members who have signaled an interest in turning the tables on Democrats as they defend President Trump.
“It is important to underscore that the House’s impeachment inquiry, and the Committee, will not serve as venues for any Member to further the same sham investigations into the Bidens or into debunked conspiracies about 2016 U.S. election interference that President Trump pressed Ukraine to undertake for his personal political benefit,” Schiff, D-Calif., wrote as part of a memo and letter to colleagues on procedures for the open hearings.
Notably, he cited rules for the investigation that would keep it focused on alleged attempts by the president to seek politically advantageous investigations from a foreign government, and whether he sought to cover it up.
The first hearings in the public phase of the impeachment inquiry will feature testimony from State Department official George Kent and top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine Bill Taylor on Wednesday. Later this week, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovich will appear.
“The House’s inquiry into whether grounds exist for President Trump’s impeachment has been, and will continue to be, a sober and rigorous undertaking,” Schiff wrote to both Democrat and Republican members of the committee, vowing that the public hearings will adhere to House rules governing the impeachment process and that participants will be “treated fairly and with respect, mindful of the solemn and historic task before us.”
Schiff outlined some of the rules, including that members not assigned to the Intelligence Committee are not permitted to make statements or question witnesses, but are allowed to sit in the audience; there will be “equal time” for himself and Ranking Member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., to make opening statements; and there will be five-minute questioning segments for both parties.
The formal rules approved by the House last month also gave Republicans the ability to subpoena witnesses — they sent over an extensive list of requested witnesses over the weekend.
But the Democratic majority has the final say. And while Schiff said they are reviewing the Republicans’ list, his statements Tuesday signaled he would not be inclined to entertain witnesses or questioning that would shift focus to anything other than the allegations against Trump.
Republicans, though, have shown an interest in digging deeper into allegations against the Bidens, which is what prompted Trump’s request to Ukraine in the first place — eventually triggering the impeachment probe.
As I was writing this post last night, some Liberal Talking Head was on Fox News saying that Hunter Biden was not relevant to the hearings, and that the testimony of “the Whistleblower” was not necessary because “several people had corraborated the “fact”that President Trump had asked for a “quid pro quo”.
Now, I don’t now what that dude had been smoking prior to his appearance, but his reasoning was a faulty as Schiff’s Fictional transcript of President Trump’s phone call.
Just like in case of the Russian Collusion Delusion, the Democrats are so desperate to damage President Trump that they are will to lie to the American people by presenting garbage which they have made up as “facts”.
As far as I know, there have been no first-hand accounts of the actual phone call between the 2 leaders, other than those which have come from the President Trump and the President of Ukraine.
Even the account given by the Whistleblower, CIA Employee Eric Ciaramello was second hand.
By the way, I do not know what Schiff and the Democrats are still attempting to “protect the Identity” of the Whistleblower.
He has been identified already. Don’t they follow the news or, at least, Facebook?
The Dems have intentionally rigged the rules of these public hearings in order to keep control of the phony narrative that they have hung their hopes for removing President Trump from office on.
However, just as their Star Witness in the Russian Collusion Delusion Hearings, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, turned out to be a doddering old man and their witness in the Kavanaugh Hearings and Christine Blasey Ford turned out to be a liar, so will this unproven and unwarranted “Impeachment Inquiry” turn out to be another fiasco caused by the Democrats’ out-of-control temper tantrum over Trump winning the 2016 Presidential Election, which has lead to the psychological condition known as Trump Derangement Syndrome.
I have a feeling that these hearings are going to turn out to be very interesting.
Schiff and his fellow Hose Democrats are about to reveal themselves for who they really are.
The American public has not had the opportunity to see so many rear ends on display since the “Girls Gone Wild” Infomercials were canceled.
Until He Comes,