Long ago, October 23, 2019, Forty one Republicans stormed into a room in the Capitol where depositions were taking place for the Trump impeachment inquiry. The groups was chanting Let is us! Let us in! demanding the proceeding be opened to the public!
It was a media event where the Republicans attempted to give the appearance that they were not included in the meetings. The reality, House Intelligence Committee members Republican and Democrats were included in the deposition process.
From here it gets Silly! Twelve of the forty one members already had access to the meetings. And nearly a quarter of the Republicans of the house had full access to the depositions. During the depositions, Republican lawyers are given the same amount of time to question witnesses as Democratic counsels. From that day forward, the Republicans demanded that the hearings be opened to the public.
On November 1, 2019, Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the house said the public hearings would take place in November. The Republicans were outraged! South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said he would not read the depositions.
The vast majority of the witnesses who have been deposed are or were members of the Trump Administration, most so than the Nixon Administration.
The Republican Position
This is another attempt by the Democrats to impeach the President. Republicans try to defend President Trump’s Ukraine dilemma by saying there was ultimately no investigation of the Bidens, and the Ukrainians did get their money. Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan says the Ukrainians did nothing to, as- as far as investigations goes, to get the aid release. So there was never this quid pro quo that the Democrats all promise existed before President Trump released the phone call..
The Democrats may have the upper hand but will it matter?
Bribery, Contempt of Congress. The Trump administration not allowing those subpoenaed by testify . Most of the witnesses were a part of the Trump Administration. To impeach the president requires a simple majority of the congress. To remove the President would require a majority in the Senate.
After the first week of Hearings
In a FRESH ABC NEWS/ IPSOS poll finds. 70% of Americans think the President request to a foreign leader to investigate his political rival was wrong. 51% believe his actions were both wrong and he should be impeached and removed from office.
21% of Americans say they are following the hearings very closely
32% say, they made up their minds about impeaching the president before the news broke about Trump’s July phone call..
Overall, 58% of Americans say they are following the hearings very closely or somewhat closely (21% and 37%, respectively), and 21% say they made up their minds about impeachment after the first week of public hearings. Among those who said this, 60% think that Trump should be impeached and removed from office.
Of those following the House impeachment hearings very closely, 67% think Trump’s actions were wrong and he should be impeached and removed from office.
Among Democrats, 41% say they made up their minds about impeachment before Trump’s actions related to Ukraine became public. And 41% of those who support Trump’s impeachment and removal from office say they made up their minds before the matter came to light.
Only 17% of Americans surprised by Trumps Actions time to Ukraine
Republicans are in their belief that the president has committed no wrongdoing: 85% and 65%, respectively.
This ABC News/Ipsos poll was conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs‘ KnowledgePanel® November 16-17, 2019, in English and Spanish, among a random national sample of 506 adults. Results have a margin of sampling error of 4.8 points, including the design effect.