Late last week the Trump regime ordered Marie Yovanovitch not to testify to the House impeachment inquiry. She testified anyway, and Trump took no retaliatory action against her, essentially meaning that the rest of Trump’s current and former people are now free to testify against him. Accordingly, they’re coming out of the woodwork.
It’s not just that former Trump National Security Council official Fiona Hill testified today, and that U.S. Ambassador Gordon Sondland is testifying later this week. It turns out recently resigned State Department official Michael McKinley and current Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent are also set to testify this week. According to CNN, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper is also testifying. That last one gives us new information.
Over the weekend, Donald Trump’s Secretary of Defense Mark Esper appeared on the talk show circuit and said that he’s ordered the Pentagon to fully cooperate with the House impeachment inquiry. We found this unsurprising, as he’s new on the job, and he doesn’t appear to have committed any crimes in the Ukraine scandal, and he doesn’t appear loyal to Trump. Now one his top people is testifying, which suggests that Esper really has told his own people to go ahead and sell Trump out.
The floodgates are now open. When Donald Trump decided he didn’t have the remaining muscle to do anything to punish Marie Yovanovitch for having testified against him, it meant he wasn’t going to be able to stop anyone else either. The key here is that the cooperating witnesses are moving up the chain in terms of seniority – a trend that should continue going forward.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report