With plans for impeachment proceedings in the House to be opened to the public on Wednesday, ABC’s The View and a long list of other of TV shows are going off the air so that the major networks can broadcast the spectacle.
The nation waits with bated breath to see what’s about to unfold.
Airing across all major networks
All major U.S. television networks will be airing the impeachment hearings in the House. Starting Wednesday, the chamber will be hearing testimony from a range of witnesses.
We are thus spared many hours of The View co-hosts Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg talking over each other and around in circles, and now we get to see just what the Democrats think they have against President Trump.
As far as we know, Eric Ciaramella, the alleged whistleblower who filed the original complaint will not be testifying. Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) said that the whistleblower’s testimony would be “unnecessary” and “redundant,” even though Ciaramella is allegedly the reason the entire impeachment inquiry ever got off the ground.
Hunter Biden, another pivotal character in the impeachment narrative and son of Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden, will also not be testifying.
Witnesses who are scheduled to testify on Wednesday include William Taylor, the top US diplomat in Ukraine, George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of State for European and Eurasian affairs, and Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.
At this point, it’s unclear if any of the witnesses Republicans requested to appear will be allowed to testify in public.
Democrats don’t want to go under oath
The most likely reason Schiff is refusing to let certain people testify is that there are criminal consequences for lying under oath. Republicans have made it clear that if people like Hunter Biden don’t testify, it will call into question the fairness of the inquiry.
In a way, this impeachment hearing could end up being more dramatic than a hypothetical episode of The View with Donald Trump as a guest.
Schiff and the Democrats are desperate to avoid the testimony of certain crucial witnesses, but without the appearance of those individuals, the Senate will kill impeachment. So what will they do? Are they going to bring out key witnesses and have their case destroyed, or refuse to let them in, only to have the Senate shut the whole thing down?
No matter what House Democrats decide to do, it’s sure to be a riveting broadcast.