Here’s what you should know about the Democrat impeachment hearings from one who has worked in Congress:
Any hearing in Congress is essentially a stage play.
From the most mundane budget hearing to the most dramatic confirmation battle, everything is scripted and planned exactly like a play. The plot and conclusion (findings) are pre-determined. The actors (witnesses) are selected to make the specific ‘case’ that the director (majority) decided in advance.
Actors (witnesses) are often coached in what to say or invited because they can be counted on to say the right thing, and their script (testimony), especially in high-profile plays like impeachment or the Kavanaugh hearing, may be written, coached or edited by the committee staff, and the actors (witnesses) may be coached when to cry or make alarming statements. Props (graphics, signs, videos, media presence, etc.) will be carefully engineered.
In partisan battles like impeachment and Kavanaugh hearings, some of the public audience will be there to support one side, and left-wing protestors will be there to at some moment scream or cheer–they will get thrown out, but return later to do it again. It’s all part of the play.
About the only difference between a Congressional ‘play” and a stage play is that the minority is allowed some speaking roles, and except in the impeachment hearing, are allowed to call one or more witnesses.
Staging hearings as plays isn’t a partisan thing or unique to impeachment and confirmation battles, it’s just the way hearings are run, which is to promote a particular bill or issue, or used as oversight to investigate agencies.
So when the curtain goes up on each day’s impeachment hearing, do not expect anything but an entertainment play designed for high ratings and with a pre-ordained conclusion.
The impeachment hearings are just a show trial, produced like a play and masquerading as an impartial investigation.
Art Harman is the President of the Coalition to Save Manned Space Exploration, a space advocacy organization supporting the return to the moon by 2024. He was the Legislative Director and foreign policy advisor for Rep. Stockman (R-Texas) in the 113th Congress, and is a veteran policy analyst and grass-roots political expert. His expertise includes foreign relations, border security/amnesty, national security, transportation, foreign broadcasting and NASA/space policy.
He has travelled the world and been behind the Iron Curtain during the Soviet era, witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall, was arrested by the KGB, and stood in the footprints of those who sacrificed everything for freedom at Tiananmen Square.
Mr. Harman developed the strategy to kill the 2013 Senate “gang of eight” amnesty bill as violating the Constitution’s Origination Clause–and was dubbed “The Bill Killer” by Roll Call for his work. He provided policy advice to the Trump campaign, transition and the White House. He wrote what became the ‘bible’ for post-Brexit trade relations which was introduced in 2016 by Sen. Mike Lee as S. 3123, the United Kingdom Trade Continuity Act, and he advised the Trump administration to return Americans to the Moon by 2024–now official policy. Harman is a frequent guest expert on radio shows on key policy issues, an award-winning filmmaker, and an award-winning fine-arts photographer.