Courtesy of Buzzfeed:
For weeks, the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump has been happening almost entirely behind closed doors, leaving a confused American public to follow an incredibly complex investigation largely through reporting on leaks and vague comments from members of Congress.
That is all about to change. The impeachment inquiry is coming soon to a television near you, a move House Democrats told BuzzFeed News they hope will shut down Republican complaints about secrecy and help shape public opinion as the 2020 election draws nearer.
“We’ve had very compelling testimony from a number of the witnesses so far, and in some ways, all of them would make compelling public witnesses, the ones that I have heard,” said Rep. Tom Malinowski, a Foreign Affairs committee member. “We’re going to have to make some choices in the end [but] think it’ll be very important for the American people to see everything that we are seeing and they will.”
Witnesses have been testifying nearly every day, and Democrats have been moving “expeditiously” — their favorite descriptor — to wrap up their impeachment investigation in the month since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced her support for the formal inquiry. But the public hasn’t seen hardly any of it so far.
No one can say yet when public hearings will start, but with Democrats aiming for a full floor vote impeaching Trump by the end of the year, they’d have to begin soon.
I have often said that I became politically aware during the Watergate years, and that was because the impeachment hearings were almost unavoidable.
We did not have 24-hour cable news stations in those days, but TVs were still broadcasting those hearings into our living rooms many hours each day.
And ultimately it was that constant bombardment which destroyed the Nixon presidency.
Personally I desperately want to see what is happening behind closed doors and will watch this with the same glassy eyed attention I gave to the final season of Game of Thrones.
And let me just say that I will bet that despite their calls for more transparency the Republicans will find some reason to argue against this happening.
You just wait and see.