GET READY FOR A PUBLIC SPECTACLE

The House vote yesterday to approve impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump was the opening scene in a public spectacle that will play out in the weeks to come. For the first time, the witnesses to alleged misconduct by the president will be speaking in front of the entire nation. The public hearings are expected to be wrapped up by Thanksgiving.

The House of Representatives yesterday approved a resolution opening a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. The vote, as expected, was strictly along party lines. The vote was 232-196, with no Republicans in favor and only two Democrats opposed. The case against the president focuses on an alleged abuse of power: He is accused of pressuring a foreign ally, Ukraine, into investigating his political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, in return for releasing much-needed military aid money that had been authorized by Congress.

Immediately after the vote, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham denounced the process as “a sham impeachment” and a “blatantly partisan attempt to destroy the president.”

The vote on the House floor was followed by a scramble for the television cameras by spokesmen for both parties.Those of us who lived through the WATERGATE HEARINGS 46 years ago know how the country was dragged through THAT mess. Add 24/7 news networks and social media to this Spanish Inquisition, and it'll turn a bad dream into a nationwide nightmare.

Ron St. Pierre

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