The queue to enter the audience room of the house where Maria Yovanovitch, the former ambassador of the United States to Ukraine, will soon testify already extends in the hallway.
republicans Members of the House Intelligence Committee have prepared their exhibits for today's indictment hearing, and have added a new sign since Wednesday. Ukraine's foreign minister says he has never seen a link between US military aid and Democrats.
After the first public impeachment hearing, some commentators complained that Bill Taylor and George KentThe appearance of this film was characterized by some explosive moments, even though Taylor testified about a previously unknown call in which Asset questioned about "investigations" in Ukraine.
However, it seems that the previous impeachment hearings were submitted in the same way. After the first Watergate hearing in 1973, the Washington Post's first page portrayed the event as "a drama not quite exceptional".
As Capitol Hill prepares for the second impeachment hearing, the ratings were received for the first hearing and they are … dull.
The 13 million viewers live from Day One were very shy James ComeyThe testimony of June 2017 (19.5 m); the Christine Blasey Ford / Brett Kavanaugh September 2018 hearing (20m); and the Michael Cohen audience in February (16m).
However, as Axios notes, this drop in audience may be due to the fact that impeachment hearings should be held over several days, so that Americans may be waiting to be tuned.
Former US Ambassador to Ukraine ready to testify at impeachment hearing
Hello, live blog readers!
And welcome to the second day. The second public hearing of the indictment chamber against Donald Trump starts at 9am ET with the testimony of Marie Yovanovitch, former US ambassador to Ukraine.
Yovanovitch is a career diplomat who was recalled from her post in May, although she was widely respected by her colleagues in the State Department. (To learn more about Yovanovitch's long career in government, read Julian Borger's excellent profile last month.)
Yovanovich told impeachment investigators last month that even though she had been recalled in May, even the assistant secretary of state John Sullivan told him that she had "done nothing wrong". The diplomat, as well as some of her colleagues, argue that she was the victim of a smear campaign on the part of Rudy Giuliani. The president's personal attorney was unhappy that Yovanovich would become an obstacle in his efforts to put pressure on Ukraine to investigate one of Trump's political rivals, Joe Biden.
In the White House memo on Trump's appeal with the Ukrainian president, the commander-in-chief reportedly called Yovanovitch "bad news" and predicted that she would "face some difficulties". Today, the long-time official will have the opportunity to share his version of the story with the public.