Impeachment Hearing–Day 2

I break with my tradition of posting very little news on the weekends but this is important enough for me to break with my routine…..

The House impeachment saga returns for a second day of witnesses… a service I will try and post my thoughts on these proceedings to help my readers become aware of the antics and evidence as it is made public…..

Today was the testimony of ex-ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch…….

We begin with the opening statements from the the ambassador and the two heads of the committee,,,,,

  • Opening statement: Read Yovanovitch’s in full via Axios here. “Our Ukraine policy has been thrown into disarray, and shady interests the world over have learned how little it takes to remove an American Ambassador who does not give them what they want,” she said. (Read a summary of her testimony from behind closed doors last month.)
  • Schiff: Read his opening statement here. He said Yovanovitch’s ouster as ambassador “was a stunning turn of events for this highly regarded career diplomat.” The ouster was purely political, he added. “Yovanovitch was serving our nation’s interest in fighting corruption in Ukraine, but she was considered an obstacle to the furtherance of the President’s personal and political agenda. For that she was smeared and cast aside.”
  • Devin Nunes: In his own opening statement, Schiff’s GOP counterpart slammed Democrats for acting like “some kind of strange cult” while seeking to “fulfill their Watergate fantasies,” per the Washington Post. Nunes also read an excerpt from Trump’s first phone call with Ukraine’s leader, in April, to make the case that Trump sought no favors. (The White House released a readout of that call on Friday.) “It’s unfortunate that today and for most of the next week we will continue engaging in the Democrats’ day-long TV spectacles instead of the problems we were all sent to Washington to address,” he said. His full opening statement is here.

Now the day’s doings…….

In his questioning of Marie Yovanovitch during Friday’s impeachment hearing, GOP Rep. Mike Conaway seemed to perplex the former ambassador with one of his queries. It happened after he referred to the testimony of diplomat George Kent earlier in the week:

  • Conaway: Kent “made some exemplary statements about you, really glowing,” said Conaway, per CNN. “All of us would like to be the recipient of something that worthy, and I believe you are as well. Any reason on Earth that you can think of that George Kent would be saying that because of some reason other than the fact he believes it in his heart of hearts?”
  • Yovanovitch: “Like, like what?”
  • Conaway: “Well, I mean like somebody paid him to do it?”
  • Yovanovitch: “No, absolutely not.”

Politico has video of the exchange and says Yovanovitch was “stunned” by it. Some other notable moments:

  • “Are you a never Trumper?” asked Democratic Rep. Terri Sewell, per the Wall Street Journal. “No,” responded Yovanovitch, noting that she has served under four Republican presidents.
  • Another response from Yovanovitch, who was ousted from her post as ambassador to Ukraine: “What I’d like to say is, while I obviously don’t dispute that the President has the right to withdraw an ambassador at any time for any reason, but what I do wonder is why it was necessary to smear my reputation also?”
  • GOP Rep. Jim Jordan mentioned criticism by Ukrainian officials in 2016 of then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016. “No one did anything,” Jordan told Yovanovitch, per the Washington Post. So “you see why maybe, maybe the president was a little concerned about what went on in Ukraine.” But the former ambassador responded: “I can’t speak for the president on this. … From my point of view, that doesn’t create a Ukrainian government strategy to interfere in our election. … It doesn’t necessarily constitute interference.”

Jimbo Baggins (Rep. Jim Jordan) and Willy the Weasel(Rep. Devin Nunes) accomplished the only thing they are capable of doing….attempt to disrupt and look like the spineless toads they truly are….their words were incoherent and rattled……these guys failed…… all they accomplished was to put their lip prints on Trump’s ass.

Day two of the hearings is in the bag…..Monday we begin again…..

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9 thoughts on “Impeachment Hearing–Day 2

  1. “Our Ukraine policy has been thrown into disarray, and shady interests the world over have learned how little it takes to remove an American Ambassador who does not give them what they want,”
    1. “Our Ukraine policy was thrown into disarray” What does she mean “our” policy ? President makes policy according to constitution.
    2. “shady interests learned how little it takes to remove ambassador”. President appoints ambassador. If things don’t work out whether in mind of president or the foreign country ambassador is replaced. If ambassador can’t carry out president’s directives (not the goals of the foreign service) replacement is made.

    “The ouster was purely political, he added.”
    . Ambassadorships are completely political. From the job as a reward to a party donor, campaign supporter, one with particular skills or stature (Henry Cabot Lodge) or mere friends of the president. The other matter is of international politics with all its purpose, treachery,admirable high mindedness in justice, intrigue and achievement of goals of president

    I think all three came off as non political and with no anti Trump agenda and presented no anti Trump conspiracy or untruths designed to be damaging. Agree was not necessary to smear/discredit her to set stage for removal. That was not necessary . But all three felt loyalty to the service and continuation of this or that protocol was superior to the policies of the president. Obama policy was to give Ukraine no weapons while being attacked by Russia for 8 years. Dems and fake news did not question or object to that policy even though Ukraine crucial to defence of rest of Europe. One flaw is when she told Ukraine official who not to investigate who then reacted angrily. As usual the Trump tweet sucked and inappropriate but how can it be witness intimidation if she’s already been fired ?

    Imminent IG revelations on deep state machinations should be much more explosive than whole impeachment fiasco. Dems and radical left and fake news will be completely dismissive of all the dangerous criminal activity despite probable convictions.

    1. What deep state? That is a fantasy that the Trump and his thugs try to use to run rough shod over the government while crapping on the Constitution….chuq

  2. You don’t think a deep state exists and it is mere conspiracy nonsense ? You don’t think that select elements of the CIA, FBI, DNC, Clinton campaign, DOJ conspired to damage Trump during election and all during presidency ? That elements of the media are out to destroy him like whenever he fires someone the headlines are “Whitehouse in Chaos” or “Trump mental state in question” or “200 psychiatrists say Trump dangerous” ? The press ridiculed him when he said his campaign was being spied on and such has been proven. Well no sense in debating. More will be revealed with IG report. That will give all of us facts to consider . Moments after the election night results Maxine and Al Green et al said “impeach by any means necessary”. Every president since Adams has been accused of crapping on the Constitution. Some even felt Jefferson’s Louisiana Purchase was crapping on the Constitution.

    1. If there is truly a deep state then it comes from those appointed by the president….the workers do their job without the diversion of politics…..if the president has his way then IGs will be fired for not showing loyalty to the man……that is not what the IG is for……thanx to Jefferson we expanded the US and that does not mean they were not doing so……we either live by the Constitution or get rid of it and let that man decide what is law and what is not…..I do not want to live there if we do that chuq

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