As the House committee members took an extended break during testimony in the impeachment hearing this Thursday, a conspiracy theory reportedly emerged amongst some House Republicans, who felt the break was strategically planned to allow the Democrats’ narrative to “sink in” for observers.
“Some grumbling from Republican House members that the current ’45-minute’ (it’s been more than an hour already) #impeachment hearing break was strategic, to let the Democrats’ argument and questioning sink in,” Reuters reporter Patricia Zengerle tweeted.
Some grumbling from Republican House members that the current "45-minute" (it's been more than an hour already) #impeachment hearing break was strategic, to let the Democrats' argument and questioning sink in.
— Patricia Zengerle (@ReutersZengerle) November 21, 2019
According to some, Republicans were just expressing frustration at the effectiveness of the testimony.
Grasping at straws. We all aren’t that slow out here. 😜
— Linda K. Grube 🍩 (@Lkgrube) November 21, 2019
Because Nunes and Castor have been so effective.
— Barbara J. Martin, MD (@Pathophilia) November 21, 2019
According to testimony from former National Security Council senior director Fiona Hill and counselor for political affairs at the US embassy in Kyiv David Holmes, allies of President Trump clearly intended to investigate the Ukrainian gas company Burisma as a way to investigate the Bidens, bolstering the Democrats’ contention that Trump’s Ukraine policy was designed as a tactic to harm his political rivals.
Trump spoke with Giuliani on unsecured phones that were vulnerable to Russian surveillance: report
On Thursday, the Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump has communicated with his lawyer Rudy Giuliani via unsecured and unencrypted phone lines that are potentially vulnerable to interception and monitoring by Russian intelligence officials and other hostile foreign powers.
"Trump is not identified by name in the House phone records, but investigators said they suspect he may be a person with a blocked number listed as '-1' in the files," stated the report. "And administration officials said separately that Trump has communicated regularly with Giuliani on unsecured lines."
Internet debates ‘the dumbest thing Brian Kilmeade has ever said’
Fox News personality Brian Kilmeade has received a great deal of attention -- and criticism -- during the Trump era.
Kilmeade co-hosts one of the President's favorite shows, "Fox and Friends," with Steve Doocy and Ainsley Earhardt on weekday mornings. He also a show on the Fox News Radio network and frequently appears on "The Five."
The former Ultimate Fighting Championship play-by-play sportscaster has also been harshly criticized for the type of comments that make the show a favorite for the president.
Journalist Molly Jong-Fast, who was widely praised her interview of Lisa Page, decided to explore Kilmeade's comments.
Trump was ‘in denial’ he would be impeached — until he watched TV yesterday: CNN reporter
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," White House correspondent Boris Sanchez said that President Donald Trump believed for weeks that Democrats were not really going to go through with impeachment — but after watching the House Judiciary Committee testimony on Wednesday, he finally realized they were serious.
"Is it clear how the president is handling this behind closed doors?" asked Cooper.
"Well, for weeks we've been hearing that the president has sort of been in denial about all of this, that he did not actually believe that Democrats in the house would vote to impeach him," said Sanchez. "We're actually told that he's come to terms with that reality in part because he was watching testimony yesterday as he was returning from a NATO leaders meeting in London."