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Trump Impeachment Trial: Republicans Repel Dispersion Before TV Hearings
Trump himself aggressively snuffed out a defense that can ease the political pain of moderate Republican lawmakers. He warned that it would be unacceptable for a Republican to argue over his phone with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky that it was inappropriate but did not meet constitutional exclusion standards.
Fierce political changes over the weekend offered a preview of how Republicans and Democrats will rejoice in the lead when television hearings begin Wednesday.
Republicans will seek to divert, crack down on the political rabbit hole and create a spectacle for conservative media cheerleaders and his Trump supporters. They will also seek to confuse the case with details and factually questionable arguments designed to complicate it in the eyes of Americans watching the process.
Democrats will fight to preserve their simple abuse of power by corruption from Republican attacks. They will try to turn the public against Trump, using witnesses attracted by political and military service ̵
1; such as current US top diplomat in Ukraine Bill Taylor on Wednesday and ousted US ambassador to the country Marie Jovanovic on Friday.
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Trump supporters also took part in Sunday talk shows. Their arguments reflect the reality that the partisans of Trump over the next few weeks do not have to seek the truth about what happened in his foreign policy outside of Ukraine with Ukraine.
In a war of public opinion, they will instead seek to construct credible narratives that can protect the president and himself from any wider political upheaval.
The President's friends are eager to talk about anything – except the easily understood facts of the Democrats' testimony.
The Trump case
Trump has been accused of abusing his power by trying to coerce Ukraine into investigating an internal political opponent – former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. There are no reports of misconduct by any of Biden. Multiple witnesses already testify that they believe he asked Ukraine for a quid pro quo while holding $ 400 million in military aid as she fought Russia.
But several Republicans argued Sunday that the president is simply worried about corruption in Kiev – an argument that disputes credibility as it touches on a topic Trump rarely has interest in pursuing elsewhere in the world.
"The quid pro quo, in my opinion, is a red herring," Senator John Kennedy, Louisiana Republican, told CBS "Face the Nation." "Here are two possible scenarios. Number one, the president has asked for an investigation into a political rival. Number two, the president has asked for an investigation into possible corruption by someone who happens to be a political rival."
"The latter would be in the national interest. The former would be in the parochial interests of the president and would be above the line," Kennedy said, constructing an alternative narrative offering the supporters of GOP ramp and out of the box.
GOS Sensin GOP Sen. Ron Johnson also claims in CNN's "Union State" that the president is concerned about good governance in Kiev instead of seeking personal political gain.
"When you provide hundreds of miles of lions of taxpayer dollars to a system, you want to make sure it is not corrupt," Johnson tells CNN's Jake Tapper.
"I've never heard the president say : "I want to unearth the dirt of opponents in 2020"
Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul made a new argument – that Trump's insult is simply to reach the same kind of lever used by everyone else in Washington.
"I would make the argument that every politician in Washington, other than myself, is in practice trying to manipulate Ukraine for their purposes," he said.
"They are all doing it. They are all trying to manipulate Ukraine to open an investigation – either to terminate an investigation or to open an investigation."
Paul's comments obscure the issue. Biden's pressure on Ukraine during the Obama administration – along with the European Union and international organizations – was motivated by a desire to improve corruption investigations rather than shut them down.
Witness statements indicate that pressure from Trump and his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, was motivated by a desire to investigate Biden – a potential contender in 2020 – and his son, who was on board a Ukrainian gas company.
Republicans are also expected to argue that while Democrats have gathered evidence from foreign policy officials, they still do not have to prove it to Trump or those closest to him, directly ordered withholding aid or seeking political concessions . The argument is perhaps their strongest opening to undermine the democratic impeachment case.
Still, the White House's refusal to make available witnesses such as Giuliani, who acted for Trump in Ukraine, and acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney allows Democrats to say that the White House has something to hide.
The White House transcript of Trump's July 25 conversation with Zelensky shows that he asked his colleague for a "favor" and asked him to look in Biden and his son. And at one stunning moment at a briefing at the White House, Mulvaney practically confirmed that a quid pro quo had happened.
Republicans Want House Hearings to Drill Hunter Biden and Whistle Blow
to testify in a public place.
"I consider every impeachment in the Chamber that prevents us from knowing who the offender is. complaint, we're not going to talk about any of that, "Judge Senate Judge Lindsey Graham told Fox.
"I also see the need for Hunter Biden to be called for adequate protection of the President. And if you don't do those two things, it's a complete joke, "said the South Carolina Republican.
Homeland Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, a Democrat in California, already claims that revealing the identity of whistleblowers is unnecessary because
"In light of the president's threats, appearing before us would only put their personal safety at serious risk," Schiff wrote in a letter Saturday to Rep. Devin Nunes, a Republican-ranked Republican on the Intelligence Committee, received by CNN's Manu Raju.
Democrats claim that calling for Hunter Biden to testify is irrelevant to the impeachment case – as it is a constitutional proceeding designed solely to assess whether the president is abusing his power. And such a move would, in fact, create a political investigation – no less in Congress – of Bidens, whom Trump tried to get Ukrainians to initiate.
Allies on Trump's Capitol Hill over the weekend presented a list of witness statements designed to cause havoc in the hearing room – or a talking point when the Democrats, who hold a majority, reject them.
They asked for Hunter Biden and the whistle, but also Nellie Ohr, a former Fusion GPS contractor and Alexandra Chalupa, a former Democratic National Committee official.
These two names suggest a republican focus on the unfounded allegations that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 presidential election – despite the extensive evidence and accusations of Moscow-related suspects made up by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller.