The Sentinel “Our Opinion” on November 16 was just too inaccurate and too blatantly partisan to let it pass without comment. First the writer complains about the rules, failing to indicate that Adam Schiff’s committee is following the rules established by Republicans when they held the lower chamber. Then the writer complains that if Schiff had not interrupted former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch’s testimony, she would never have been aware of Trump’s attempt at witness intimidation, and therefore it was Schiff’s fault. Really?
Then the writer contends that Yovanovitch’s negative response to questions about the President being guilty of bribery or a criminal act proves he is innocent? Really? Finally, the writer claims that Yovanovitch targeted 11 Trump supporters for illegal monitoring? Give me a break! The writer must have watched a different testimony than I did, or more likely, just went directly to a far-right web site for the (mis)information.
Finally, we need to dig a little deeper into the statement that Trump provided lethal aid to Ukraine that Obama did not. Back at the 2016 Republican Convention, a policy statement promoting lethal aid to Ukraine had been removed by Trump’s campaign staff. Later Congress, in bipartisan action had provided the lethal aid in the 2019 appropriations, over the opposition of the Trump administration. If the hold that Trump had put on the aid had lasted just another 3 weeks, that aid would have disappeared at the end of the fiscal year directly benefitting Russia.
Republicans are in a difficult situation, without the facts or the law on their side. Expect a lot of “pounding on the table” as the facts are exposed in the hearings.
— Mike Corbett, Rome