CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin acknowledged that President Trump is landing some victories as the impeachment process continues in the House.
On Thursday, the House Judiciary Committee debated the two articles of impeachment filed against Trump. House Democrats believe Trump abused his power and obstructed justice in connection to his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
During a recess, Toobin offered his analysis on the situation and revealed that Trump had several wins throughout the hearing. He noted that Republicans on the committee had successfully pivoted the conversation away from impeachment and toward Trump’s defense, especially when it came to discussing Hunter Biden and possible corruption with Burisma Holdings.
“What struck me about this hearing was how Donald Trump, in a way, has already won,” said Toobin. “How much did we hear about Hunter Biden? Over and over again, about Hunter Biden. That’s what the Republicans are talking about constantly.”
He added, “There are questions about Hunter Biden’s behavior, and so, I mean, this incredible shift of emphasis.”
Toobin claimed it would be difficult for journalists to focus on impeachment while covering the topics being discussed by Republicans. He explained, “I just don’t know what our responsibility is as journalists because it’s not the point, but this is the news. And this is what’s there.”
During the phone call that is now the cornerstone for impeachment, Trump asked Zelensky to look into Biden’s high-paying board position at Burisma. Republicans have claimed he was justified in doing so because of Biden’s controversial past.
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