TRUMP’S REIGN MAY FINALLY BE COMING TO AN END
Public hearings begin this morning in the impeachment inquiry, marking only the fourth time in American history that such proceedings have occurred.
Bill Taylor, the acting US ambassador to Ukraine, and George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of state for Europe and Eurasian Affairs, are scheduled to testify at 10 am on Capitol Hill. Taylor previously told impeachment investigators that he was informed Ukraine’s military assistance was held up to pressure the country into announcing investigations of Joe Biden and the 2016 election. Kent testified in his closed-door interview to the House committees that Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, led a “campaign of lies” against the former US ambassador to Ukraine.
Donald Trump is facing the investigation that could spell the end of his presidency with his typical indignation, claiming Democrats “have stacked the deck against President Trump and the Republicans”. “They have leaked out everything,” Trump added in a morning tweet.
The president appears to be downplaying the significance of today’s hearing, given that transcripts from Taylor and Kent’s interviews have already been released. But the hearing will give Americans the first chance to hear directly from these senior state department officials, which could shift public opinion of the inquiry. The question now is whether or not people will listen to them, with just a year left until the 2020 election.