Last week, House impeachment investigators held their first public hearings, including witnesses like former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, who Trump abruptly fired over false allegations that she was harboring some kind of political conspiracy against him. During the hearings process, Trump kept freaking out over and over again, continuing a pattern of public attacks on the whistleblower whose complaint revealing his plot to get Ukraine to produce dirt on the Bidens helped spark the impeachment inquiry. This weekend on Face The Nation, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi bluntly responded to Trump’s belligerence, insisting that she will hold him accountable over what she calls the behavior of an “impostor.”
As she put it:
‘I will make sure he does not intimidate the whistleblower. I told the president you’re in my wheelhouse when you come after the whistleblower.’
She added, referencing the effort to keep the whistleblower’s identity protected:
‘This is really important, especially when it comes to intelligence, that someone who would be courageous enough to point out truth to power and then through the filter of a Trump appointed inspector general who found it of urgent concern and then took it to the next steps.’
Trump has been caught on tape suggesting that the whistleblower’s complaints sources should be executed for espionage and accused the whistleblower themselves of similar but in reality nonexistent crimes. In reality, much of what the whistleblower revealed about Trump’s Ukraine plot has been confirmed through other, firsthand sources.
That evidence includes a call record that the White House themselves released covering a phone conversation in which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the Bidens and a firsthand account of a phone conversation the following day in which Trump asked donor turned E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland whether Ukraine would be pursuing the investigations.
Pelosi has an explanation for why Trump keeps lashing out anyway. As she put it, he’s desperate to make up for the fact that he doesn’t know what he’s doing — and at least the latter part of that statement is easily confirmed. Just look at the erratic nature of his “policies.”
She told host Margaret Brennan, in reference to his mid-hearing Twitter diatribe against witness Marie Yovanovitch:
‘He made a mistake. He knows her strength, and he was trying to undermine it… I think even his most ardent supporters have to admit this was the wrong thing for the president to do… He should not frivolously throw out insults, but that’s what he does. I think part of it is his own insecurity as an impostor. I think he knows full well he’s in that office way over his head, and so he has to diminish everyone else.’
“He made a mistake,” @SpeakerPelosi says on Trump’s tweet about Yovanovitch during her testimony. “I think part of it is his own insecurity as an impostor…he knows full well he’s in that office way over his head. And so he has to diminish everyone else.” https://t.co/F2Q7vnseuu pic.twitter.com/0FjTmQhz5P
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) November 15, 2019
This week, eight more impeachment inquiry witnesses will get the chance to give their perspective on that incompetence to the nation and world. This past week’s testimony already included highlights like the first reveal of that Trump-Sondland call, which further ties Trump personally to the campaign to get Ukraine to produce dirt on the Bidens. The president’s team has claimed Trump just found some new worry about corruption in Ukraine — but he never mentioned anybody else. Just the Bidens.