As promised, the House committees are starting to release testimony from witnesses in the impeachment inquiry. You can find links to the testimony transcripts and highlights here. Trump tweeted this yesterday in anticipation of these releases:
If Shifty Adam Schiff, who is a corrupt politician who fraudulently made up what I said on the “call,” is allowed to release transcripts of the Never Trumpers & others that are & were interviewed, he will change the words that were said to suit the Dems purposes. Republicans… should give their own transcripts of the interviews to contrast with Schiff’s manipulated propaganda. House Republicans must have nothing to do with Shifty’s rendition of those interviews. He is a proven liar, leaker & freak who is really the one who should be impeached!
This is unsurprising since Trump doesn’t know what a “transcript” is and probably imagines the release of alt-transcripts like this from Jordan, Scalise, McCarthy, etc.:
“Donald Trump is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I’ve ever known in my life.”
Anyhoo, I’m still going through the material, but this from Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State Ambassador P. Michael McKinley jumped out at me:
Q: I think you’ve also said [in the opening statement] that part of the reason why you decided to resign was that you couldn’t be blind to what was happening, and what was happening was efforts to use the State Department to dig up dirt on a political opponent. Is that fair as well?
A: That is fair. And if I can underscore, in 37 years in the Foreign Service and different parts of the globe and working on many controversial issues, working 10 years back in Washington, I had never seen that.
Trump’s defense of, well, everything is to accuse his opponents of being just as bad if not worse than he is. Sadly, too many people are ready to believe that about the government. I hope the House Democrats can effectively communicate just how not-normal this shit is in the upcoming public hearings.