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Ever since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) officially announced an impeachment inquiry against President Donald J. Trump in September, national publications have swirled with headlines detailing every new development. There’s been no shortage of these headlines – new information potentially helpful in the Democratic case to impeach Trump has seemed to churn out at lightning speed. Recent weeks have been no exception to this rule, so to quickly catch up, read below for a concise but thorough recap.
A new phase for the impeachment inquiry
Thus far in the impeachment inquiry, Trump administration members and other politicians affiliated with the president have often sidestepped requests for their cooperation. Democrats are expected to soon roll out measures that would prevent this continued lack of cooperation from stonewalling the inquiry – and this change could play out quite dramatically. Specifically, Democrats hope to transition the impeachment inquiry from a behind-closed-doors process to a series of nationally televised proceedings in which Democrats plead with Americans to support Trump’s impeachment.
A Ukraine whistleblower has agreed to answer Republican questions
A major part of the Trump impeachment story involves the President’s attempts to pressure Ukraine into investigating Joe and Hunter Biden. Trump has admitted that he discussed the Bidens with Ukranian president Volodymyr Zelensky, and two Trump administration members and a U.S. ambassador have implicated Trump in the matter as well.
Another whistleblower on this matter has agreed to answer questions that Republican politicians, who have continued to publicly support Trump, have submitted in writing. Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH), the leading Republican on the House Oversight Committee, nevertheless said that the anonymous whistleblower’s written answers rather than public, real-life testimony wouldn’t be “sufficient.” Jordan suggested that the whistleblower and their lawyer, Mark Zaid, could be unfairly biased against President Trump.
Trump has accused Adam Schiff of corruption
Although Nancy Pelosi first announced the impeachment inquiry, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) has become the public face of the inquiry. President Trump has often directly targeted Schiff with his ire toward the impeachment inquiry, and recently, he took his anger to a new level and accused Schiff of outright corruption.
Trump claimed that Schiff was able and willing to change witness transcripts to suit Democratic needs. The president suggested that these transcripts should never be made public, because if they were, then they would inevitably be filled with the bias that the Democrats manipulated into them. Trump called Schiff a “proven liar, leaker & freak” before suggesting that Schiff, rather than himself, be removed from office. Although this remark is far from the first time Trump has attacked Schiff, the president has yet to present any evidence of wrongdoing on Schiff’s part.
The transcripts are coming soon
Although President Trump would prefer to keep transcripts out of the public eye, Democrats have other plans. Recently, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) said in a televised appearance that investigators would release transcripts sometime this week. Speier claimed that the transcripts would be “very telling” and display “growing evidence” that Trump has acted in ways that could lead to his impeachment. In the same televised appearance, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said that Congress plans to hold public hearings sometime between now and Thanksgiving.
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