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The first week of Trump's impeachment investigation hearings is in the books.
If you pay attention to the thousands of pages of closed doors, you will recognize some of the details that have emerged.
But there were some new and important wrinkles from public hearings with the acting US Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor; George Kent, a senior official with the State Department overseeing Ukraine's affairs; and Marie Jovanovich, a former US ambassador to Ukraine, who described a plot to remove her, led by President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
Here are seven outcomes from this historic and potentially subsequent week:
1. It is clear that impeachment is shaping up to be guerrilla affairs.
The two sides are quite entrenched. Nothing that is said in public hearings seems to move anyone. In fact, one of the more surprising developments may be the rigor of New York's Alice Stefanyk's defense in support of President Trump.
"[N] everything in this room today, and nothing in this room earlier this week, nothing rises to the inaccessible level crimes "," Stefanik challenged after Jovanovic's hearing on Friday, dismissing a question about the president's tweet criticizing Jovanovic. "This is desirable political thinking from Democrats."
Stefanik – with Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Member of the arch-conservative Freedom Caucus – emerges as the most solid and clear defenders of the President during the two days of testimony, what made Stephanic's role so appealing is that Stephanic often criticized Trump as a candidate and as President.
2. President Trump continues to be his most Bad Enemy
Nothing sums up Trump's volatility more than an hour between 9:00 ET and 10:00 ET Friday, just after 9:00 ET, just as Friday's White Hearing begins. the House released a recording of an anodic April conversation between President Trump and President of Ukraine President Zelensky.
Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes read it on live TV, and it appears that Republicans from the White House and House have finally hit the same news page. It was an hour later when Trump fired his tweet hotly critical of Jovanovic as she gave evidence.
Trump claims that "everywhere" she went "turned bad". He even seems to accuse her of rioting in Somalia, a country where he serves as a junior foreign affairs officer who has a long history of political issues, violence and terrorism.
Everywhere Marie Jovanovic went, he turned bad. She went to Somalia, how did it go? Then fast forward to Ukraine, where the new Ukrainian president spoke unfavorably about her in my second telephone conversation with him. The absolute right of the US President is to appoint ambassadors.
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2019
Some conservatives have criticized Trump for this. Ken Star, the independent lawyer whose investigation led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, said on Fox News that Trump's tweet showed "extremely poor judgment" and was "quite damaging."
Trump later defended himself by stating that there is “freedom of speech. "
Jovanovic, responding in near real time, said the president's attacks were" very scary. "House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff called it" intimidation of witnesses "- something he said" accepts a lot. very serious. "
3." Witness intimidation "and" bribery "are emerging as potential impeachment articles.
The President's tweet gives the Democrats another shot at the impeachment quiver. to add intimidation of witnesses or tampering with witnesses
Another word that came up this week was "bribe."
"What the president acknowledged and said was 'perfect,' I said that was completely wrong. . It's a bribe, "House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said during a weekly news conference. She referred to the president, saying his now scandalous July 25 conversation with Zelensky was" perfect. "
During that call, Trump asks Zelensky for a "favor" to study conspiracy theory about Ukraine's participation in the 2016 election and former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who served on the board of the Ukrainian energy company, Burma
as a word as it happens in The Constitution cites reasons why the president may be removed from office.
4. A new witness says that Trump did not give "s ***" to Ukraine, but only to "big things." "such as the" Biden investigation "
Republicans rejected the proposed witnesses, unaware of first-hand presidential misconduct and that their testimony was only" heard ". This is not entirely true – Taylor noted, for example that he had witnessed the ambassador of the European Union, Gordon Sundland, who told y Zelensky's country aide that military funding is unlikely unless the country makes a public statement in support of investigations important to President Trump.  The State Department aide had "specific quotes" from Trump, the Democratic congressman says “/>