The hearing, the first on television for the nation to see, provided hours of partisan back-and-forth but no singular moment etched in the public consciousness as grounds for removing the 45th president from the White House.

By Ian Horswill


Posted on November 14, 2019

US President Donald Trump said he was “too busy to watch” the televised impeachment inquiry instigated by the opposition party, the Democrats, in the House of Representatives.

He yet again called the impeachment inquiry a “witch-hunt” and a “hoax”.

“I’m sure I’ll get a report,” Trump told reporters at a short Oval Office media conference with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. “I have not been briefed, no. There’s nothing there. I see they’re using lawyers that are television lawyers. They took some guys off television. I’m not surprised to see it because (Inquiry chairman and Democrat Adam) Schiff can’t do his own questions.

“This is a sham, and shouldn’t be allowed – it was a situation that was caused by people who couldn’t have allowed it to happen. I want to find out who’s the whistleblower,” Trump said, claiming that the whistleblower’s accusations have been proven inaccurate.

“I’m going to be releasing, I think on Thursday, (another) transcript, which actually was the first of the two (phone calls),” he said.

Trump added that witnesses summoned by Democrats during the impeachment hearings had produced “all third-hand information” and “unreliable hearsay”.

“This statement that I made, the whole call that I made with the president of Ukraine, was a perfect one. I’d much rather focus on peace in the Middle East.”

The first day of televised impeachment inquiry testimony featured the Democrat’s star witness William Taylor, the highest-ranking US official in Ukraine. Politico reported “Democrats land damning new evidence in impeachment testimony”, the New York Times reported “Impeachment Hearings Open With Revelation on Trump’s Ukraine Pressure”; The Wall Street Journal headline story is “Impeachment Inquiry: Trump Pressed US Diplomat on Ukraine Probes” and the Washington Post’s headline is “Testimony ties Trump more directly to Ukraine pressure”.

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Taylor said for the first time that Trump was overheard asking another ambassador about “the investigations” he’d urged Ukraine’s leader to conduct one day earlier. Taylor said he learned of Trump’s phone call with the ambassador only in recent days. It was all part of what Taylor called the “irregular channel,” a shadow foreign policy orchestrated by the president’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, outside traditional oversight that raised alarms in diplomatic and national security circles, AP News reported.

The hearing, the first on television for the nation to see, provided hours of partisan back-and-forth but no singular moment etched in the public consciousness as grounds for removing the 45th president from the White House.

Trump’s Republican Party retorted that the Democrats still have no more than second and third-hand knowledge of allegations that the US President withheld millions of dollars in military aid for the Eastern European nation facing Russian aggression in return for the Ukraine investigating former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.