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Trump's Impeachment Transparency Issue

Updated on November 4, 2019

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.

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    • lovemychris profile image

      Leslie McCowen 

      8 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

    • lovemychris profile image

      Leslie McCowen 

      8 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      “Sean Hannity is claiming that Biden is the head of a crime syndicate that includes Pelosi and CNN.”

      How many people will just believe that because Hannity said it? 16%

    • lovemychris profile image

      Leslie McCowen 

      8 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Or there’s this guy:

      “Leslie Moonves can appreciate a Donald Trump candidacy.

      Not that the CBS executive chairman and CEO might vote for the Republican presidential frontrunner, but he likes the ad money Trump and his competitors are bringing to the network.

      "It may not be good for America, but it's damn good for CBS," he said of the presidential race.

      Moonves called the campaign for president a "circus" full of "bomb throwing," and he hopes it continues.

      "Most of the ads are not about issues. They're sort of like the debates," he said.

      "Man, who would have expected the ride we're all having right now? ... The money's rolling in and this is fun," he said.

      "I've never seen anything like this, and this going to be a very good year for us. Sorry. It's a terrible thing to say. But, bring it on, Donald. Keep going," said Moonves.“

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      Leslie McCowen 

      8 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      “Twitter and Fox News are mentioned at least a dozen times each in the transcripts released today. We talk about them all the time but they are sitting at the center of WH policy.”

      And Facebook is allowing political ads that lie.....

      Somebody follow the money. Our owners are there.

      “They don’t care about you, they OWN you!”

      — George Carlin

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      Leslie McCowen 

      8 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      This is why they have a public inquiry. The people who think a reality star is presidential and a Christian because he acts the part, will have to see and hear for themselves who he really is.

      If they think everyone is lying but Trump, they cannot be allowed to hold public office, take tax dollars, or represent citizens of America.

      Those who hold allegiance to one man over and above us all must be removed.

      After de-programming, they will feel better. Cults are nothing new. There are ways to remove the control.

      I’m sorry, but 16% of people cannot be allowed to hold us all hostage. And the republicans that are knowingly committing treason can have the due process they deserve.

      They’ve had 3 years now to play fast and loose with America. Enough already.

      It’s not like we all don’t know. Enough!

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      perrya 

      8 months ago

      Unless a Republican and Democrat jointly agree in public the released transcript is verbatim, because of the political divide with no trust of the other, people and news will spin it in their direction OR continue to say there is no transparency in the transparency.

    • lovemychris profile image

      Leslie McCowen 

      8 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      I like Twitter. It’s like my newspaper to the world. And, it forces you to hone your thoughts down, but still say a lot. Like this:

      Joe Walsh

      @WalshFreedom

      “I’m a conservative, but I have no doubt that Donald Trump’s actual authoritarianism is a much bigger threat to this country than any of the Democrat’s hoped-for socialism.

      Put another way: I’m way more afraid of a dictator than I am of a guaranteed jobs program or free college.“

      Now, the fact that Trump abuses it by breaking all the rules.... it’s the owners fault for letting him do it.

      The problem we are having is, there are far too many people letting this spoiled gangsta do anything he wants. (Trump)

      From social media platforms, to the republican party of the United States.

      Grow some courage. Pretend it’s Hillary. None of you had any problem AT ALL coming for her.

      Why are so many people afraid of ole dirty don?

      He’s a money launderer for the Russian mob, for god sakes. HAS been for decades!

      You afraid of that? SMH

      (No disclaimer needed. It’s facts. Read up on it)

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      Christopher D Rogers 

      8 months ago from Springfield, MO

      Well said. Modern Americans are, sadly, victims of our own prosperity. We are too distracted by the comforts that we, personally, have put forth absolutely no effort to enjoy to bother having complex and well- informed thoughts. plus, the whole 140 characters or less thing...

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