The Televised Impeachment Proceedings Have Been A Disaster For Democrats

The Televised Impeachment Proceedings Have Been A Disaster For Democrats

The Democrats' own witnesses have exonerated the president and have provided further evidence for investigating the Bidens for their business in Ukraine.
Tristan Justice
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As the House moves into its second week of public impeachment hearings, Democrats are struggling to find incriminating evidence to justify the removal of the elected president, and the American people are not buying into their latest conspiracy theories to undo the 2016 election.

Last week, the House Intelligence Committee heard from three of the Democrats’ star witnesses on impeachment, including former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, the current U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent.

An initial glimpse at the coverage of the proceedings from the corporate media presents a startling situation for the White House. “Testimony puts Trump closer to scandal,” read one headline from the Washington Post. “Democrats land damning new evidence in testimony,” blasted a headline from Politico. “Testimony builds case against Trump,” reads another in the Los Angeles Times.

The most explosive revelations to emerge from three of the Democrats’ most important witnesses? That the Ukrainians were getting closer to rooting out corruption in their government and launching an investigation into the origins of its role in peddling the grand Russian collusion hoax that did irreparable harm to the United States.

Democrats and many in the mainstream media however, focused on the president’s request to investigate the Bidens as part of his overall push for corruption reduction. Trump’s opponents note that the president mentioned the Bidens in a July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, arguing that the American president was directly conspiring with a foreign leader to investigate political opponents at home in order to receive military assistance.

Legacy media outlets have already sliced up the declassified and unredacted transcript of the phone call released to the public to fit the false narrative promoting the Democratic theory of a quid pro quo where Trump allegedly withheld military aid until a Ukranian investigation into the Biden family was launched. On air, CNN even skipped over 500 words to connect the word “favor” with the president’s suggestion that Ukraine look into Hunter Biden’s questionable business dealings with a Ukrainian energy company known to be highly corrupt.

The American people however, are not buying into Democrats’ latest scheme with a compliant media to oust the president from office. Polling on impeachment shows virtually no movement on the issue since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s opening of an investigation in September, and no signs of positive change for Democrats since the first public hearings on Wednesday.

If Democrats have any hopes of removing the president from office next year, they will need the support of Republican senators, but without Republican support in their home states, it is an impossible task. Every sane political observer already knows the outcome of the latest political charade playing out in Washington, where the Democrats will drag out the impeachment process only to have the president be acquitted by the Republican-controlled Senate.

Democrats have begun to concede that their arguments are failing among the American people, and for good reason. Their own impeachment witnesses have exonerated the president and have provided further evidence for investigating the Bidens for their business in Ukraine.

During her testimony, Yovanovitch was asked point-blank whether Trump engaged in any criminal activity related to Ukraine.

“Do you have any information regarding the president of the United States accepting any bribes?” Republican Rep. Chris Stewart of Utah asked.

“No,” Yovanovitch responded.

“Do you have any information regarding any criminal activity that the president of the United States has been involved with at all?”

“No.”

Kent, the State Department’s top official on Ukraine, actually built a case for investigating the Biden family. Kent told lawmakers he was concerned about a “perception of a conflict of interest” related to former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, serving on the board of a Ukrainian energy company while his father oversaw the Obama administration’s policy towards Ukraine.

Hunter Biden served on the board of the Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma for $50,000 a month despite no prior experience in the industry. Kent had previously testified in a private deposition that he raised the alarm over the situation to the Obama White House in 2015 but it was cast aside by administration officials.

“The message that I recall hearing back was that the vice president’s son Beau was dying of cancer and that there was no further bandwidth to deal with family-related issues at that time… That was the end of that conversation,” Kent told the committee.

The testimony provided by Democrats’ three star witnesses is hardly testimony useful to charge President Trump for “high crimes and misdemeanors.” Meanwhile, Democrats have struggled to get their story straight. At first, they argued Trump offered the Ukrainians a quid pro quo. Now, the words “quid pro quo” are nearly non-existent, with Democrats and elites in the media using the terms “bribery” and “extortion” to describe the president’s actions.

As public opinion remains unmoved among party lines, it showcases that the American people can see right through the partisan games by Democrats who have spent three years even with help from the mainstream media trying to impeach the president as the top priority on their policy agenda, and it will likely pose electoral consequences next fall.

Tristan Justice is a staff writer at The Federalist focusing on the 2020 presidential campaigns. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at [email protected]

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