Will you read the impeachment transcripts? | The Tylt
Will you read the impeachment transcripts?
The Mueller report was supposed to be a bombshell that the entire nation would read, digest and decide for themselves. A lot of Americans set out to read the report—it was a best seller on Amazon and topped the New York Times lists for paperback and non-fiction. The problem is, it turns out few people actually took the time to work their way through the entire thing. A CNN poll found that 24% of Americans have read at least a part of the report, but only 3% of people actually read the whole thing.
It's likely that the impeachment transcripts will suffer a similar fate—there's a lot of hype around them, but people probably won't read them. It's a big ask, to be honest, many politicians like Lindsey Graham didn't even bother to read the Mueller Report.
Reading the transcripts gives people the opportunity to cut through the political spin and decide for themselves whether or not the witnesses can be believed. Republican lawmakers have been making a big deal about how the hearings were held in secret, but the transcripts reveal they've actually been participating in the hearings:
The transcripts indicate that, despite repeated claims that they have been prevented from taking part in the impeachment inquiry, Republican members have spent many hours questioning witnesses. In some cases, the Republican members pressed the diplomats on detailed points of inquiry. In others, they used their time behind closed doors to criticize the impeachment process or to challenge the integrity of the witnesses.