Impeachment is a divisive process, almost by design, and Americans are rightfully growing concerned that their already fragile civility could suffer even further in the coming days.
Public hearings on the subject began this week with Wednesday’s testimony by diplomats George Kent and Bill Taylor, two men who the Democrats believed would be able to tie Donald Trump direct to the mythical “quid pro quo” that the left has been clamoring about for weeks. Unfortunately for the Democrats, neither men were able to relate any firsthand knowledge of this progressive talking point, leading to the hashtag #HearsayHearing trending on Twitter.
Even worse, however, was the assertion by House Intel Committee Chairman Adam Schiff that he had no knowledge of the identity of the purported whistleblower in the case – a claim that was flatly and bluntly lambasted by Representative Kevin McCarthy.
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McCarthy said, “Adam Schiff and his staff met with the whistleblower. Adam Schiff and his staff met with this whistleblower before this whistleblower had an attorney, before this whistleblower went to the inspector general.”
MSNBC Correspondent Garrett Haake then asked McCarthy if he thinks Schiff is lying about not knowing the whistleblower’s identity.
McCarthy responded, “Yes.”
He added, “I don’t think it’s the first time he’s lied to us either.”
McCarthy has long been at odds with Schiff over the impeachment process, as have a great many Republican leaders who wish to see the still-anonymous whistleblower testify before the House.
Public impeachment hearings will resume on Friday with testimony from former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.
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