The first day of public hearings in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump was a disappointment to Democrats in more ways than one, Breitbart News reported. Ratings for the televised hearings were far lower than previous televised testimony of former FBI Director James Comey and the confirmation hearings of Brett Kavanaugh, which drew 19.5 and 20 million viewers, respectively.
In addition to the low ratings, the testimony itself was largely lackluster, with witnesses giving mostly secondhand reports of conversations. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-TX) deflated much of Ambassador William Taylor’s testimony and got him to admit that he couldn’t point to an impeachable offense.
It’s looking more and more like some of these administration officials who handled foreign policy were just miffed that Trump was going around them to conduct his foreign policy rather than letting them do it, as they were accustomed to.
But Trump has the right to conduct his foreign policy in any way he pleases, and you can’t blame him for not relying on appointees of the previous administration, which he knows is hostile to him and his policies. Trump had to discover very quickly that there were few people he could trust, and that the deep state was vast and out to get him.
Taylor and former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, who will testify Friday, may not like the way Trump handled foreign policy, but the public is seeming to agree, that’s not a crime or an impeachable offense.
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