Tough Task For Democrats — President Trump Impeachment Hearings Start This Week

A top Massachusetts Democrat says he believes the formal impeachment hearings that get underway this week will convince Americans that President Trump has to go.

U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, who sits on the House Oversight Committee, told the Herald that the key for Democrats is to get the witnesses before the public, so everyone can hear the testimony he and other congressmen have been listening to behind closed doors over the past couple of weeks.

The House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment hearings, which begin on Wednesday, will center around Trump’s summer phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Big TV networks — NBC, CBS, ABC and PBS — all plan to pull normal programming in favor of coverage of the impeachment hearings.

Trump is accused of pushing the Ukrainian president to investigate former vice president and 2020 presidential hopeful Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Days before that reported phone call, Trump froze nearly $400 million in aid to Ukraine. The president has insisted he did nothing wrong and denied that any request for help was tied to the aid freeze.

But Democrats face a difficult task convincing a lukewarm public ahead of the 2020 elections that Trump should be removed from office, political operatives tell the Herald.

But Ford O’Connell, a Republican strategist, said this will ultimately backfire on Democrats in 2020.

“They’re spending all their time on this and not on the issues that most Americans care about,” he said. “This could re-elect Trump and also put the House in play.”

Read more from Rick Sobey and Sean Philip Cotter at the Boston Herald

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