Washington – The investigation with a view to a possible political trial of Donald Trump comes out of the shadows: as of Wednesday it will be carried out in full view of the public, who can judge for himself the seriousness of the testimonies related to the pressures of the president American for Ukraine to investigate possible irregularities of Joe Biden and his son.
Lights, cameras, audiences
Citizens will be able to see the progress of the hearings for the first time through live broadcasts on Wednesday and Friday.RELATED
It is not clear, however, what exactly will be seen in those two days. Will they be an enlightening moment for the public, from which a unified account of the president's actions arises and it is clear whether it is appropriate to initiate a political trial or not? Or will each session lead to new episodes of reality TV that all they do is accentuate the divisions?
Unlike what happened with Watergate in the 1970s and with the political trial of Bill Clinton in the 90s, people receive their information in other ways today and it cannot be said if the sessions will generate a historic, unforgettable moment that clears All doubts
Witnesses in the candlestick
Bill Taylor Geroge Kent Marie "Masha" Yovanovitch.
Little-known officials of the State Department will become famous overnight with their testimonies.
Taylor, a Vietnam war veteran who has been a public official for 50 years, will be the first witness. The three already declared behind closed doors, ignoring the instructions of the White House, which asked them not to appear. And they have offered coincident accounts about the actions of the Trump administration in the sense that it would have conditioned military aid to Ukraine for the Ukrainians to investigate the Biden.
Republicans want to listen to others, including Hunter Biden and the anonymous government official whose complaint of possible irregularities in contacts with Ukraine unleashed the process that can end with a political trial of Trump. Democrats, however, control the process and hardly accept those requests.
The voter's presumption
Republicans are struggling to mount a unified defense of Trump's actions, while Democrats fail to produce a simple story, which convinces everyone.
The two sides will try to persuade voters with a view to the presidential elections next year.
Democrat Jim Himes said on Sunday on the NBC “Meet the Press” program that the public will listen to “enormously patriotic people who express themselves very well, telling the story of a president who – let's forget the quid pro quo; the quid pro quo is one of those things that complicate everything – that extorted a vulnerable country by retaining military aid. ”
Republicans criticize the process and some insist that the name of the government informant be revealed.
Senator Lindsey Graham said on the "Sunday Morning Futures" program of Fox News Channel that "I consider invalid any political trial in the House of Representatives that does not allow us to know the name of the informant, because without the complaint of the informant, we would not be talking about nothing of this".
Graham added that it is also “necessary for Hunter Biden to be called in order to properly defend the president. If those two things are not done, all this is a joke. ”
What will Trump do?
Coinciding with Wednesday's hearing, the president will offer a press conference jointly with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, at a time when tensions between the two countries abound.
Trump tried to lower his allies line on Sunday, in which he tweeted recommendations on how to defend him: Insisting on saying, as he does, that the telephone conversation with the Ukrainian president was "perfect."
"Read the transcript!" Of the call, Trump said in a tweet. “Nothing bad was said. Republicans, do not fall into that silly trap of saying it was not perfect, but there is no political judgment. No, it is much stronger than that. NOTHING WAS DONE! ”
The White House released a transcript of the July call and Trump said he will also release, probably on Tuesday, an account of another call he had with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy shortly after his election.
The testimonies heard so far indicate that in the April call to congratulate Zelenskiy on his election there was nothing irregular, but the tone changed in July, which alarmed several government officials.
More transcripts and hearings are expected
The House of Representatives investigators have been disseminating transcripts of hundreds of pages of testimonies received behind closed doors.
More transcripts are expected. Almost a dozen people have stated in the investigation and researchers are preparing a public report with their findings. But this week's audiences are probably not the last.
More people may be called to testify, surely Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, an army officer assigned to the National Security Council, and Fiona Hill, former White House ex-adviser on Russia. The two declared behind closed doors about their concern over the Trump administration's efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate the Democrats.
At some point the Intelligence Commission of the lower house will send a report to the Judicial Commission, which will decide whether a political trial corresponds to the president. The vote on the political trial could take place for Christmas time.