When we hear the verbose and bombastic pundits of the right wing mainstream media tell us that this is a “sham impeachment” or “illegitimate”, it can be difficult not to take a little gulp. We have to wonder whether or not they are erring on the side of embellishment for the sake of ratings.
These are loaded phrases, after all, and sound more combative than cooperative.
But deep beneath the entertainment value of these talking heads’ angst lies a simple truth: The Democrats held several weeks’ worth of these hearings in near-secrecy in a blatant attempt to control the narrative of the mainstream media, essentially creating a 24/7 anti-Trump campaign advertisement on CNN.
The White House earlier said that they would be unwilling to cooperate with such a secretive process, and, for the most part, they’ve kept their word.
That will continue this week.
Already, two officials have skipped depositions scheduled for Monday morning: John Eisenberg, the lead attorney for the National Security Council, and Robert Blair, a top aide to acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.
The House Intelligence, Oversight, and Foreign Affairs Committees also scheduled depositions in the afternoon for National Security Council aide Michael Ellis and Office of Management and Budget aide Brian McCormack, but so far those officials are not expected to show up either.
Democratic leaders were soon espousing their predictable drivel on the matter.
Speaking to reporters early Monday afternoon, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., described the no-shows as “further evidence” for a possible obstruction of Congress charge against the president.
Schiff said the lack of cooperation indicates the testimony would have been “incriminating” toward President Trump.
President Trump has repeatedly denied any wronging in the matter, insisting that the phone call between he and his Ukrainian counterpart that set the entire debacle into motion was “perfect”.
There has been no word as to how Democrats will attempt to enforce their subpoenas.
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