C-Span has a program called Washington Journal, which allows callers to give their opinions. They must identify themselves as being either Democrats, Republicans or Independents and it seems they try to get a good blend of callers from these three groups. In this case, the moderator was completely neutral.
On the issue of the impeachment inquiry, a caller described it as a totally “made up” story. And she had her facts. Adam Schiff had talked to the whistle blower before the whistle blower had submitted a complaint. Also, Schiff denied he or anyone on his staff had contact with the whistle blower. So, this proved to the caller that everyone was lying and what was going on was just a lot of dishonest people out to get the President. The conspiracy idea was that Adam Schiff told the whistle blower what to report, so he could get the president impeached. He then rounded up a few dozen traitors in the State Department and told them what to say. He must have manufactured other evidence like text messages and emails. The news media was either complicit or just went along with this giant hoax.
One piece of this conspiracy immediately begins to fall apart. Adam Schiff did not have any contact with the whistle blower – but apparently someone on his staff did, but not at a detailed level of the issues. The whistle blower was asking what the proper way to file a complaint under the whistle blower protection laws. What this staff person told the whistle blower is you need to get an attorney and go through proper channels. No short cuts permitted to the House Intelligence Committee.
The evidence is really mounting against President Trump of trying to get dirt on Biden in exchange for approved military aid. I think this is a crime of extortion and an abuse of presidential power. The first day of public hearings will be on Wednesday, November 13. The current chargée d’affaires, to Ukraine, Bill Taylor and the Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of State, George Kent, will testify. I believe Counsel for the Democrats and Republicans will do the questioning for 45 minutes each. There won’t be any surprises. I can say this because both individuals have testified extensively in closed sessions and the transcripts have been released on the House Intelligence Committee website. So this hearing is not likely to add to the House inquiry. It is more to legitimize the inquiry to the public.
Trump said today (Nov 8) that there should be no open impeachment inquiry. Pretty amazing as Trump and other Republicans were highly critical of the closed sessions.
I hope the C-Span caller will tune in along with many Americans who have doubted the process. This is not a witch hunt, hoax or fake news. It is real and extremely serious. I have included the biographies of both Bill Taylor and George Kent below.
Wikipedia: William Taylor
Wikipedia: George Kent