Discouraged by the polls and so on impeachment. The darkest day has arrived for Trump
Both behind closed doors told how Trump tried to condition military aid to Kiev and the visit of the new president Volodimir Zelenskij to the White House at the start by the Ukrainian authorities of investigations against the Biden and the Democrats.The deputy who oversees the inquiry, Adam Schiff stressed that "important pieces of the investigation are still missing because the president prevents some witnesses from appearing". In any case, he added, "the Democrats want the investigations to be conducted without rancor and without delay" but the informant's identity will not be made public. "I do not know the identity of the whistleblower and I am determined to ensure that the identity is protected," said Schiff.
In giving the go-ahead to the public hearings, the deputy dem Adam Schiff, president of the intelligence commission of the Chamber, stressed that Trump has ordered the State Department and other agencies to ignore the summonses for the delivery of documents, instructed the witnesses why they did not appear, and suggested treating "as spies and traitors ", the others. "These actions will force Congress to consider whether Trump's obstruction is no further reason for impeachment"
In a full classroom, with only standing places available, some signs also stand out among the public. One says: "93 days since Adam Schiff", the Democratic president of the House intelligence commission, "knows the identity of the whisteblower" of the phone call between Trump and the leader of Ukraine. Another reports the words of the deputy Al Green of Texas: "I am worried that if we do not put him in a state of accusation he could be re-elected".
Impeachment, let's start: Trump on the grill
Trump awaits the visit of the president of the White House Turkey Recep Tayyip. On Twitter it is more silent than the daily average, it retwits video, comments: "Tutti bufale". The president will be engaged with Erdogan at least until 9.45 pm Italian time, probably even longer as Trump and the Turkish president will hold a joint press conference starting from 9.10 pm, during which it is possible that the president will comment on the auditions of Taylor and Kent.
Kent: "Alarmed by Giuliani's behavior"
The deputy assistant of state secretary George Kent was the first to testify: he was "alarmed" by the efforts of Rudy Giuliani, the president's personal lawyer, of "concocting politically motivated investigations" against the Biden, which he believed led to the dismissal of the US ambassador in Kiev Marie Yovanovitch. Giuliani's campaign was based on "false information" of "corrupt former prosecutors" who were only trying to "take revenge on those who had revealed their misdeeds, including American diplomats".
Taylor: with Kiev "irregular diplomatic channel"
The White House had set up an "irregular" diplomatic channel with Ukraine, said the US ambassador to Kiev, William Taylor. The ambassador revealed that recently one of his collaborators told him that he had heard a phone call between Trump and the US ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland in which the president asked for "investigations" and the diplomat told him that Kiev was ready to go on. Sondland would have said that Trump's Biden investigation was more interesting than anything else in relations between the US and Ukraine.