Trump's Impeachment Transparency Issue
For weeks prior to the public phase of President Trump's impeachment proceedings, the Republicans and Trump supporters were whining about how the Democrats were all one sided, not transparent in the closed door testimony even when half of the room was filled with Republicans. Their comments about it being a "Soviet " style bias against Trump was just petulant. Trump, himself, cried like a baby about how it was sooo unfair to him and it was a witch hunt by revengeful poor losers because he won the 2016 election.
The Public Phase of Impeachment
Now, begins the long public phase of the impeachment proceedings, something all of Trump's men and whiners longed for. The first of many official transcripts, each almost 140 pages) were released for all the Trump believers to read. Therein, lies the conundrum. They are LONG. They are procedural. They are boring. Having read them, one cannot deny that Trump abused his presidential power to try to get dirt on the Bidens. Sometimes it is quite clear, while other times, open to his intent.
The problem with transparency is that will the average American actually read them totally? Did they read the 400+ page Mueller Report? Will Americans just rely on sound bites from their favorite news station? Will they just believe in whatever their news sources tell them?
Reading them requires work and time to go through them and I doubt if many diehard Trump supporters will even do this because of their cemented political bias for their man, no matter what. They don't want to know the real truth and will claim that even the transparency is fake, not real, or biased, because the Democrats had something to do with it. Sheer lunacy, of course, but this is how divided American political process is now. Of course, the far left are just as devoted in getting rid of Trump at all costs, but transparency is on their side.
The only way for real transparency to quell those who have distrust is to have the actual video of the closed hearing. There must be one. Seeing that both Republicans and Democrats questioned the deposed person on Trump's abuse of power and obstruction, along with their answers in real time, will dispel the myth of some Soviet style process is happening.
Now, of course, there will plenty of those, mostly Trumpers who have been brainwashed with Trump's conspiracy theories and King-like actions, who will call the video fake. Will call any video as doctored by the CIA, etc. Pure lunacy, of course, but many Trumps are in this insanity and this includes some Republican senators.
As you can see, being transparent also has its own problems in this polarized political America.