As the impeachment hearings kick off, Democrats put on a jarring display of rhetorical whiplash, saying one thing this time but something remarkably different the next.
In late September, the whistleblower was called essential. For having jump-started the process.
That was then. Now that House Democrats have voted to proceed with impeachment and Mr. Schiff was appointed the lower chamber’s judge, jury and executioner, the whistleblower is suddenly unimportant.
Americans deserve to see the whistleblower appear in the hearings he sparked. Or is the Senate expected to remove the president from office after a process put into high gear by an anonymous accuser who might have been coached by Mr. Schiff before launching his complaint?
Then there are the Democrats who proclaim a newfound enthusiasm for defending Ukraine.
Where were Democrats when President Obama denied lethal military assistance to Ukraine in 2014, as Vladimir Putin’s forces threatened its existence? Some of the nonlethal aid Mr. Obama authorized was dropped off in Poland and transported into Ukraine by makeshift convoys of civilian vehicles because the White House didn’t want to offend the Russians by having American C-130s land in Kyiv.
Maybe this newfound Democratic support for Ukraine is driven less by conviction than by hatred of Donald Trump. Under this president, Ukraine has received Javelin antitank missiles and other weapons it needs to protect itself.
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