House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff spoke to reporters moments ago in the Capitol saying the first open hearings will be held in the impeachment inquiry beginning next week. “Those open hearings will be an opportunity for the American people to evaluate the witnesses themselves” Schiff told reporters.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham reiterated the sentiments of the President and his supporters that the entire process is a sham. Graham told reporters “I’m not going to read these transcripts…the whole process is a joke.” He went even further in support of the President saying that the administration was “incapable of forming a quid pro quo.”
It will be interesting to see if open hearings do any good for either side. So far nothing has persuaded either sides of the impeachment argument to budge. After each hearing Democrats say the testimonies support their case for impeachment, while the Republicans say nothing damning enough to support impeachment has been learned.
Again, when the first deposition transcripts were released the waters were muddied even further with zero clarity on any case for a quid pro quo. Sondland even revised his testimony after hearing other witnesses opening statements “refreshed” his memory. Senator Graham said just that when he told reporters “You just pick things you like…Y’all hate this guy you all want to get him impeached. I’m not buying into Schiff running a legitimate operation.”
Regardless, the circus goes on and Capitol Hill continues to take time and money away from actually legislating and improving the lives of American citizens. The first open hearings will be held next Wednesday November 13th and Friday November 15th. On Wednesday the committee will hear from William Taylor from the U.S. embassy in Kiev, and Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent. Friday will be a second testimony from former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch who claims her dismissal was due to a smear campaign led by Giuliani.
At the very least, voters will now be able to see what their leadership is doing behind closed doors and evaluate for themselves whether or not the impeachment probe holds any value. Then they can speak their minds on Election Day.