It appears from the first three hours of House impeachment hearings that President Donald Trump incompetently handled his foreign policy with Ukraine.
The two witnesses–Ambassador William Taylor, the United States’ top diplomat in Ukraine, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent, the State Department’s top career official focused on Ukraine–detailed how Trump’s approach to Ukraine was amateurish and at war with itself.
Ukraine had to be puzzled by two-pronged messages–one from the “regular” state department channels and the “irregular” one headed by Rudy Giuliani. The president can send messages however he wants, and in this case it was a huge mistake.
Bottom line: It screwed Ukraine, which is standing by the United States and trying hard to withstand the Russia invasion of Ukraine.
But, as counter-productive, boneheaded and clumsy as what Trump did, was it the sort of “high crimes and misdemeanors” that is impeachable. Or is it a policy disagreement, albeit a very serious one.
One also can wonder from the testimony whether Trump understands what qui pro quo means?Another thought: House impeachment committee chairman Adam Schiff said he does not (present tension) know the identity of the whistleblower. Really? Really?