eYe impeachment commentary 11/15/19
Wow! I expected Yovanovitch would be a difficult witness for the GOP to get traction with because it was so obvious that she was railroaded. She didn't disappoint. She also connects the SDNY investigation of Parnas/Fruman/Rudy with this House Intel impeachment on the UKR scandal. Yovanovitch is only a witness to one part of the timeline but is also a target of Trump throughout. GOP would not want to touch it and many did not. Gym Jordan wanted no part of this. Nunes was the tool that he always is. Stefanik guaranteed that her opponent (Tedra Cobb) will have a well funded campaign.
But this hearing went even better than the transcript for the Dems. Schiff and the Dems really used this opportunity to connect Parnas/Fruman to Trump’s corruption; went through an exhaustive analysis of the 7/25 call memo to show how damning it is; Schiff highlighted the witness intimidation that has been endemic throughout Trump’s term in office and then was aided by Trump tweeting in real time, which Schiff called him out on. I’d also add that Dems did a really good job of reading the GOP arguments and countering them on the spot.
In addition, Schiff made clear that Yovanovitch was in fact replaced by a partisan hack, Sondland, who became the eyes and ears of Trump in the State Department, thus demonstrating that the hack job orchestrated by Trump/Giuliani was successful. It’s because Yovanovitch was successfully removed that Trump created the opportunity to solicit a bribe and enforce it by way of extortion.
The Dems could not have framed this better. Bravo! Btw, what a finish by Schiff and a moment for Yovanovitch at the end! Netflix series worthy. Drop the mic worthy.