CNN: Dramatic deposition rocks Trump's impeachment defense vs Fox News: Republican lawmaker destroyed latest impeachment inquiry witness
We have all been hearing a lot about quid pro quo these days. Trump is adamant that there was no quid pro quo, Dems are giving their best to prove that there was. Some of us have started to understand (to a degree) what this fuss about quid pro quo is all about, aka “If you scratch my back, I will scratch yours”. In other words, if Trump really froze military aid to Ukraine, making it dependent on the investigation into Biden’s son, than he was abusing his presidential power through a corrupt deal.
What has happened now is that Bill Taylor, acting US ambassador to Ukraine, has testified that Trump held up military aid to Ukraine, waiting for that country to investigate Biden’s dealings and the Ukrainian interference in 2016 elections.
However, Fox News has come up with the statement from House Minority Leader McCarthy, who said that “In 90 seconds, we had John Ratcliffe destroy [acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bill] Taylor’s whole argument”. John Ratcliffe is a Texas Republican who gave his testimony on the same day as Taylor. Ratcliffe confirmed the existence of some new details produced by Taylor, but described them as “unworthy of impeachment”.
CNN paints a completely different picture. According to CNN, Taylor’s testimony is making Trump’s plight “markedly darker”. The only option Trump has right now is to convince everyone that what he did was not appropriate, but still well below the threshold needed for impeachment.
We can say that regardless of Ratcliffe’s testimony and its content, it is unlikely to trump Taylor’s testimony. Ratcliff is a Texas Republican, Taylor is a respected career diplomat who has served under both parties. The most important part of his testimony is that it contradicts Sondland, whose testimony was damning for Giuliani, but not for Trump. Therefore, we can safely say that Trump is in a lot of trouble after this testimony, and nothing from Ratcliffe or someone else can change it.