Day one of the public impeachment inquiry is now in the books.
Republican Rep. Jim Jordan led some of the toughest questioning during Wednesday’s impeachment hearing, challenging Ukraine ambassador William Taylor over his claims that he understood President Trump to be holding up aid and more as he sought to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to announce a Biden-related probe.
Taylor has said he had a “clear” understanding that the release of aid to Ukraine was linked to a request for investigations of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, and Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy company that counted the younger Biden as a board member. Jordan brought up three meetings that Taylor had with Zelensky between the time the aid was delayed and eventually released, and Taylor confirmed that “there was not discussion of linkage” during any of them.
“Now, with all due respect, Ambassador, your clear understanding was obviously wrong,” Jordan said, noting that Zelensky also never made any announcement of an investigation prior to Trump releasing the aid on Sept. 11, 2019.
Republicans were totally solid today, hammering Democrats on the process and pointing out the obvious flaws in the case for impeachment. I don’t suspect any minds were changed, but I don’t think today went as Adam Schiff hoped for.