[Ed. – If anything, the hearings, which are underway as of this writing, amplify the farcical nature of the proceedings. Adam Schiff, in his opening remarks, repeated the lie that Trump asked Zelensky to do him a ‘favor.’]
Americans at large finally get to see the House impeachment hearings starting Wednesday — but that doesn’t make this “inquiry” any less of a farce.
Democrats from Speaker Nancy Pelosi on down are open about their intentions here: The point now isn’t to examine the evidence so they can decide whether to impeach President Trump, but simply to sway public opinion against him.
Pelosi and Rep. Adam Schiff, the Intelligence Committee chairman, have tried to make the coming hearings as scripted as possible: They’re only calling witnesses who’ve already testified in secret, or in some cases just releasing transcripts of that testimony.
In those secret hearings, Schiff time and again shut down Republican members’ questions — particularly anything that might lead to positive identification of the “whistleblower” who got this entire ball rolling (after meeting with Schiff’s staff).