Despite carefully refraining from the use of the word “impeachment” while collecting testimonies against Donald Trump, based solely on the number of subpoenas and hearings, it appears the House Democrats are poised to do exactly that.
On Monday, House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler subpoenaed ex-White House Counsel Don McGahn to publicly testify against Donald Trump. Considering this move could logically be interpreted as a first step in any impeachment process, this is really huge news. And when you pair it with the rumors that Nadler will also subpoena Robert Mueller, Steve Bannon, Hope Hicks, Reince Priebus, and other key obstruction witnesses as well, the plot thickens even further.
Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see what each of these hearings will accomplish in the grand scheme of things. Based on polling data that NBC News shared Tuesday, whatever they do accomplish likely won’t yield many positives for House Republicans. According to the polling data, only 25% of Americans approved of how the Republicans on the House Oversight Committee conducted themselves during the Michael Cohen’s testimony. That’s an incredible statistic when you factor in Cohen’s credibility (or lack thereof) as a witness knowing he had already been convicted of lying under oath to the House. Can you imagine how unfavorable the Republicans will look once actual, credible witnesses like McGahn, Mueller, and Priebus are brought before the committee?
The proof is in the pudding, folks. Just think about it. If three quarters of Americans sided with a witness like Michael Cohen over House Republicans, the number that sides with the alleged upcoming witnesses will surely surpass that even if Trump’s die-hard supporters maintain their staunch stance and do not waiver.
This is bad news for Donald Trump, whose approval rating has already dropped since the Mueller report surfaced. Once these hearings and testimonies are in the books, it’s safe to assume his approval rating will drop even further, and that impeachment proceedings just may be right around the corner.