The impeachment of President Donald Trump will enter a critical new phase on Wednesday, when the first formal hearing of the Intelligence Committee of the Investigative Committee is held. Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent and US Attorney General Bill Taylor will be questioned in front of the cameras for several hours.
Television hearings matter because they have a way of drawing attention to existing allegations – in this case, allegations of Trump, Ukraine and abuse of power.
"Nobody knows what this is going to happen in the coming weeks or months, except for the likely impeachment by the House because of the Democratic majority," says Karl Bernstein. "As for the results of the Senate process or the rest of the term. of Trump or the 2020 election, anything is possible. "
Given his experience covering Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, I asked Bernstein to share what we should keep in mind on Wednesday and in the coming weeks. He started with: [1
Six key points
Here's what Bernstein said in an email:
– Nixon's fate" quickly addressed the evaporation of Senate support for criminal president – but this is by no means predictive, but useful to keep in mind. "
-" As any good Hill reporter knows, there is hardly any universal affection or deep respect for Trump (as opposed to being afraid of him) among Republican senators. (It is very different in the House.) Many Republican senators have raised questions about its stability, state of mind, etc. "
-" This seems like a clear case of trying to bribe POTUS. Bribery and treason are the only two high-profile crimes explicitly mentioned in the Constitution's impeachment clause. The senators know this. "
-" Also, the request of a foreign authority to interfere in the US elections has real constitutional actions weight as a possible high crime. "
-" But: Republican sen ators made it clear that they would not abandon Trump if their constituents / republicans did not turn; how these television hearings are perceived by Republican voters and independents is a big deal. "
-" Remarkable information related to Russia and Putin and Trump's respect for Putin – whether witty, involuntary or half-conscious – remains to be revealed. Syrian adventure-invasion of Turkey with Trump's permission; his disdain for Ukraine throughout his presidency; and serving Russia's interest there (as opposed to established US policy) implies more reporting (again) has been called for. "
Bernstein's Last Point
" This must never be forgotten, "he writes," that all this is happening in the Cold War in the United States – which precedes Trump, though he brought it to the point of almost ignition. Trump has shown remarkable support, especially given the unprecedented nature of his words and actions and his attitude as president. Demes' impulse to impeach – given this dynamic of the Cold Civil War, it could possibly strike back. Once again, real reporting is a priority. "
Where to Watch / Listen / Stream
Anywhere, Anywhere. CNN's special coverage will begin at 8 a.m. ET. ABC, NBC, and CBS will broadcast the hearings. big new cables, including Fox News, lest anyone else wonder. As for local Fox stations, they will have the ability to wear a Harris Folkner anchor hearing. Some will and others will not. NPR stations will have a similar option: They can broadcast live broadcast coverage or run regular news programs that "will be updated NPR also prepares a special resume at 8:00 PM …
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