Democrats, Republicans Have Very Different Takes On Impeachment Hearings

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By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – The impeachment drama continues into this week with more hearings. Meanwhile members of the House Intelligence Committee are debating the implications of what they've already heard—and the different takeaways from Democrats and Republicans are stark.

To Democrats on the Intelligence Committee, like New York Rep. Shawn Patrick Maloney, the testimony was clear.

“You could talk about a felony for soliciting a thing of value from a foreigner in the U.S. election campaign. You could talk about extortion. You could talk about bribery,” Maloney said on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday.

But Republicans like Utah Rep. Chris Stewart have an entirely different interpretation.

“I don’t think the evidence is building at all, and I’m being sincere in this. I think the evidence is crumbling,” Stuart said, also speaking on “This Week.”

Stewart says Democrats are moving the goal post.

“And how in the world can you impeach the president of the United States and never hear from the person who started that process?” Stuart said.

Maloney counters that the whistleblower spoke in his report.

“The president threatened the whistleblower, said he’s a spy and a traitor, should be subject to the death penalty. That’s why we’re protecting the whistleblower’s identity,” Maloney said.

Among the public hearings scheduled for this week are Kurt Volker, the former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine, and U.S. Ambassador to the E.U. Gordon Sondland.