The Democrats against Trump, Trump, against the Democrats: Washington is gearing up for the second part of this drama, the US President referred to as a "witch-hunt".
The Democrats want to initiate impeachment proceedings against Trump, because of the had calls in a telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodimir Selenskij in July an investigation against his political rival and Ex-Vice President Joe Biden is introduced. In the eyes of the Democrats, at least, that is abuse of power. Because Trump started but just under $ 400 million in military assistance for Ukraine as a means of pressure, is also the allegation of bribery in the room.
"There is nothing in it"
In the first part of the Impeachment hearings of the intelligence Committee of the house of representatives was entrusted with the taking of evidence on the so-called Ukraine affair. He heard 17 witnesses. The have confirmed the allegations-all of them more or less directly.
Republicans have focused in the previous hearings that all of the allegations to bounce – after the Motto: There is nothing in it. Moreover, some of them spreading the wildest conspiracy theories about an alleged involvement of the Bidens in shady dealings in the Ukraine. Trump even told meanwhile, on Twitter, all of the witnesses who says in his senses. So basically all of them.
Now it goes on in the judiciary Committee. There was discussed this Wednesday, especially the constitutional framework for an Impeachment. Four Republicans apply in the 41-member Committee as trump's most important supporters. They have done everything they can to discredit the witnesses, to twisting the facts and with the inflated stories from the actual object of investigation to distract.
"you don't like the guy."Doug Collins, Republican
It starts with Doug Collins, who is the ranking Republican on the Committee. He represents the 9. Election district in the U.S. state of Georgia. A safe bet for Republicans, since 1995, is not a Democrat and more elected. Republicans in the three-quarters of all votes.
Collins is at the hard right edge: He is uncompromisingly against abortion, for the death penalty, against gay marriage, for Trump. The US President, he defended in the hearing, with hands and feet against the Impeachment efforts of the Democrats. Of all the allegations, nothing was in it, he says. His answer to the question of why the Democrats went to all this trouble: "don't you like the guy."
Then he offended the professors present. Their statements, he has not heard until then, even, not made even more clear why most of the people studied in the country of the Jura. You would here statements, even though they are "impossible" have already read the day before the published report of the intelligence Committee. Collins would be a lot of preloading dear Adam Schiff as a witness, the Chairman of the house intelligence Committee. Why? He doesn't give a concrete reason: "I only question why he's doing this."
"The facts are on the side of the President."Jim Jordan, Republican
The Democrat ship has conducted the previous hearings in the intelligence Committee and has become a popular target for the Republicans. They spread the conspiracy theory that the ship was invented by the Ukraine-affair with the Whistleblower together virtually only.
The next Jim Jordan, Congressman from the U.S. state of Ohio. He is a kind of Superstar of the Republicans, when it comes to Trump in protection. Jordan was once a wrestler and later coach, before he became a lawyer. He is known for his confusing way to ask questions, the almost all of the witnesses at the beginning brings to the Piece and unsure of its effect. That was probably the reason why the Republicans in the house of representatives of Jordan in the short term, in the secret service the Committee appointed to take witness to the lack.
Now he shows his Talent again in the judiciary Committee, which he consulted regularly. With questions to the experts, he is not. Instead, he accuses the Democrats ask the Republicans not to allow. What, however, occurred only when they wanted to reveal the identity of the Whistlblowers who has brought the affair to the roles. "The facts are on the side of the President," says Jordan. What facts, he says, says he.
Republicans are alarmed
A special Trump-friend, John Ratcliffe, Congressman from Texas. The conservative Think Tank "The Heritage Foundation" lists him as the second-most conservative members in the United States. As Trump was trying to get him in the summer as the new Director of Intelligence, were alarmed Republicans. The concern was that Ratcliffe could do with the secret services for Trumps political purposes. Ratcliffe had to withdraw from the race.
He sits regularly in the intelligence Committee and the judiciary Committee, so knows the chain of evidence of the Democrats in and out. That is not likely to impress him more. He is regarded not only as a propagator of conspiracy theories, but also as an author. He has set the rumor into the world, it would be within the Federal police FBI secret society that is working against Trump.
In the meeting, he pounces on two observations: None of the previously heard witnesses have received from Trump's direct order, military assistance for Ukraine to hold back. And nowhere in the phone call with the Ukrainian President Volodimir Selenskij the end of July Trump to mention just the military aid. For Ratcliffe, the case is clear: Trump is innocent.
The are all clueless!
And then there's Matt Gaetz, a member from Florida. He is one of the loudest Trump defenders in the country-wide television. A few weeks ago, he initiated a cinematic Look-a revolt along with about 30 Republican members. As the intelligence Committee began to hear in a specially shielded room in the basement of the Congress first witnesses, stormed the group with Gaetz at the top of one of the "secret meetings". Although Gaetz and his comrades-in-arms against all common maintenance rules of the Congress, verse Tiessen. Gaetz about tweeted during which prohibited out of the way, busy out of the room. He wanted to show that the democratic Committee chief ship proceed with unfair means, he claimed.
What he failed to mention: of Course, both Democrats and Republicans were able to make in the secret hearings of the questions, so they listened to the intelligence Committee. All the interrogations were later also published in written form. And the witnesses were heard in addition, all of the again open to the public. Gaetz is not part of the intelligence Committee and had, therefore, in the first part of the drama no right to ask questions. He can make up for that now in the judiciary Committee. What he also makes. By addressing the professors personally, which says in Trumps the senses.
Gaetz confronted professors with their money donations to Barack Obama, to Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, to discredit you. And calls on all four, lift the Hand, if you personally have evidence of a missing Trumps. Of course, no one raises the Hand, they are legal scholars. But the image remains in my head: who are all clueless! Trump is there to look forward to.
mood in the sense of Trumps
to affect With these hearings, the mud is more so. The Republicans are about to hear the Whistleblower who brought the Ukraine affair to light. Some Republicans make this to have good contacts to Joe Biden had to be a partisan and per se unreliable. However, the Report of the whistle-blower of Trumps was determined to own people in the White house as credible, and as good as all the witnesses in terms of content, confirmed.
in addition to the Whistleblower should be charged according to the desire of the Trump supporters also Joe Biden's son, Hunter advanced. He is accused of by the Republicans also crooked transactions, even if there is no evidence of this. That the Whistleblower or Hunter Biden does not need to in front of the judiciary Committee statements, which have put the Democrats already clear.
The Republicans, it seems, in this investigation, anyway, their focus is less on the facts than to affect the mood in the country, in the sense of Trumps. The judiciary Committee is only the next stage.
Created: 05.12.2019, 11:12 PM