How rude. After anticipating Don the Con’s impeachment for months, 36 months to be exact, Congress began televised hearings on a day when I could not watch.
My lunch break yesterday was an eye-opener. I made my way to a lounge where the tv that usually plays a horrible soap opera played impeachment hearings. I suppose tv wizards had no choice because impeachment was on every channel.
I find it alarming that the lounge was empty. Not that I like or want to be in the company of people, but this is big, this is the biggest, it’s the most bigly political story of my lifetime, (and those chairs are comfortable.) Why is no one else engaged? A couple of people did walk by and ask me if it was “interesting.” Bitch, please.
I heard that FOX was billing today as a “crappy horror show,” and “pornography for Democrats,” and they urged viewers not to waste their time. That is in keeping with Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, and the Dotard-in-Chief, who said they were “NOT” going to watch. (I’m pretty sure that’s Lindsey and Mitch’s job.)
Anyway, my lonely (the way I like it,) break began at 1300 hours, and at that point, Republican Counsel, Steve Castor, was questioning the two witnesses. I am not an attorney, but Castor desperately needed direction, or maybe an argument. His line of questioning was confusing, although his imbroglio was amusing even to the normally cogitative witness Ambassador Taylor— comic relief is always good.
I arrived home late in the afternoon, and it was over. After a lengthy ten minute search I was able to find some of it online.
Ohio’s GOP Representative, Gym I(gnores sexual assault,) Jordan tried to make the impeachment about the whistleblower.
Jordan directed the following comment to Chairman Adam Schiff:
“Of the 435 members of Congress, you are the only Member who knows who the whistleblower is, and your staff is the only staff who has had a chance to talk with that individual.”
Chairman Schiff’s response:
“First, as the gentleman knows, that is false. I do not know the identity of the whistleblower.
Another important factoid Jim knows but ignores. 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼
The Whistleblower Protection Act is a law that protects federal government employees in the United States from retaliatory action for voluntarily disclosing information about dishonest or illegal activities occurring in a government organization.
Because there is no defense for the indefensible, and because Gym Jordan is an idiot, he continued to focus his efforts on the whistleblower:
“Congress will never get a chance to question the one ‘who started it all.”
Democratic Representative Peter Welch responded:
“I’d be glad to have the person who started it all. President Trump is welcome to come in and sit down right there.”
Ever wonder how Jim Jordan came to represent Ohio? Here we see a map of his district. It is either heavily gerrymandered, or it is an homage to the strange bird enjoying a light lunch of ￼cuisses de grenouilles.
Moving on, the other witness was Ambassador George B(ow tie) Kent.
What’s not to like about a man in a bow tie? Mr Kent is going to take Giuliani down.
We learned that Crazy Rudy Giuliani is phucked. He was involved in every aspect of the campaign to manipulate Ukraine.👆🏼Donny two scoops has never seen or met👆🏼these two (recently indicted) Giuliani associates. (Trump is the meat in this sandwich— Fruman/Parnas and Giuliani are the stale white bread.)
Between the two witnesses, the following occurred:
We learned of a second damning phone call that took place on July 26, one day after the call that started it all, between Conald and Kurt I(RememberNow) Sondland.
“During this phone call, Sondland told me that Trump wants President Zelensky to publicly state that Ukraine will investigate Burisma and alleged Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election.” ~Ambassador Taylor
While Gym Jordan focused his efforts on attacking the whistleblower, Devin M(oo) Nunes argued that the witnesses were offering hearsay.
Side note— I do not understand why Devin Nunes, who has been implicated in the Ukraine scandal, is involved in these proceedings. But who am I to question the inner workings of corruption.
Nunes argued about second hand witnesses, and I have to say again, dear GOP, be careful what you ask for. Midway through the first day of the impeachment inquiry, officials announced new closed depositions—
- Friday: David Holmes
- Saturday: Mark Sandy (who refused to appear last week)
- Alexander Vindman, National Security Council aide
All with direct knowledge of conversations with Trump on Ukraine.
dRump continues his attempts to strong-arm witnesses into ignoring Congressional subpoenas like any innocent man would (not) do. I find it hard to understand why a man who made a “perfect phone call” would keep Rudy Giuliani, Rick Perry, and Mick Mulvaney from cleansing him of accusations.
I’m concerned about the air quality in the White House. Amnesia is rampant.
‘Attorney General William Barr told reporters Wednesday that he does not remember whether President Trump asked him to publicly declare that he did nothing illegal in his July 25 phone call with the Ukrainian president.’
Does that seem reasonable?
Televised tomorrow, Friday, former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch is scheduled to testify. She was the victim of a smear campaign orchestrated by America’s mayor Giuliani and his Ukrainian allies.
Next week’s televised line up—
- Tuesday afternoon: Kurt Volker and Tim Morrison
- Wednesday morning: Gordon Sondland
- Wednesday afternoon: Laura Cooper and David Hale
- Thursday: Fiona Hill House