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Nov 21 2019

Impeachment: Day 5 Testimony

Thank the heavens it’s Thursday and the last day of scheduled hearings. There are none on the calendar for next week but that could change. On Monday, A federal judge intends to rule, no later than the end of the day Monday, November 25, on whether former White House counsel Donald McGahn must testify under subpoena to Congress. The House Judiciary Committee asked her to accelerate a decision because it aims to call him after the current round of public impeachment hearings finish in December. Merry Christmas, Donnie. By now, Trump would be basking in the glow of the Florida sunshine and members of his resort, Mar-a-Lago, instead he’s sulking in the White House and lashing out on Twitter and reporters on the lawn.

I was wrong about yesterday’s hearing being a breeze, they were another marathon lasting into the early evening. NBC’s “Late Night” host Seth Meyer’s had a good summary of US Ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sutherland’s testimony. where he threw, not just Donnie, but everyone under the bus. My guess is he’s trying to avoid being charged with perjury.

 

Today’s witnesses are former National Security Council Russia adviser, Fiona Hill. She detailed the activities of Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph Guiliani, behind closed doors on October 14. Her deposition can be read here.

Along with Ms. Hill, Ukraine embassy political counselor David Holmes will testify about the phone conversation between Trump and Amb. Sondland in a Kyev restaurant on July 26 the day after Trump spoke with the new Ukrainian president asking for “a favor.” Mr. Holmes was discovered during the testimony of acting US ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor last week. He testified behind closed doors on November 15 and it can be read here.

The hearing is scheduled to start at 9:30 AM ET.

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