State Department official's impeachment inquiry testimony pokes holes in GOP defense

State Department official’s impeachment inquiry testimony pokes holes in GOP defense

It was a day of blockbuster day of testimony from E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland, in which Sondland — who once gave Donald Trump a million dollars for his inauguration — decided to save his own hide by ratting out not just Trump and his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, but seemingly half the senior staff of the White House.
But the day of impeachment hearings was hardly over. The House Intelligence Committee had scheduled testimony from Laura Cooper, a deputy assistant secretary at the Defense Department, and David Hale, the undersecretary of state for political affairs at the State Department. Hale was summoned by the Republican minority — though as House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff, D.-Calif., noted, House Ranking Member Devin Nunes, R.-Calif., has decided to pretend that Republicans aren’t being allowed to call witnesses.

But — as the public learned Tuesday when the Republican-called witnesses ended up strengthening the case for impeachment — the Republicans ain’t got nothing.

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