As House Democrats start to hold public hearings on impeachment, their messaging has shifted from accusing Trump of a quid pro quo with Ukraine to the more impeachable “bribery” and extortion.
The first public hearings will begin on Wednesday, and Democrats took to the Sunday news shows to adjust their messaging.
“We have enough evidence from the depositions that we’ve done to warrant bringing this forward, evidence of an extortion scheme, using taxpayer dollars to ask a foreign government to investigate the president’s opponent,” Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) said on CBS News’s Face the Nation.
Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) said that the concept of quid pro quo is too complicated for the general public to understand, but thinks they will understand extortion–that they allege Trump held up Ukraine’s military aid until they would agree to investigate Trump’s political opponent.
Never mind the clear evidence that Ukraine did not investigate Joe Biden and they still got their aid, hadn’t even known it was held up until well after Trump’s conversation with them, and the transcript did not involve any threats. At this point, Democrats can call it anything they want, but the public’s not buying what they’re trying to sell.
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