13.8 million people have watched on television the first day of public hearings on the impeachment investigation of US President Donald Trump, the Associated Press reported.
Nielsen reports that 10 different television channels have broadcast live broadcasts or recorded broadcasts. The hearings will continue today.
The Fox News channel was the most-watched television network, although presenters are continually ironing out the investigation.
Nielsen reports that 2.9 million people watched the Fox News hearings, 2.69 million on the BBC (MSNBC), 2.01 million on the ABC (ABC), 1.97 million on the BBC ( CBS), 1.84 million CNN (CNN) and 1.68 million CNB (NBC).
By comparison, Brett Cavanaugh’s hearing in a Supreme Court judge following sexual harassment allegations drew 20.4 million viewers in September 2018. Former FBI Congressman James Comi and former Trump attorney Michael Cohen have testified. More viewers than the first day of the hearings on Donald Trump’s impeachment investigation, the AP notes.
Trump himself, meanwhile, has said he does not need Ukraine’s help to defeat Democratic candidate Joe Biden, BTA reported.
Trump is rallying in Louisiana in support of Republican GOP candidate Eddie Rispoun, who will face incumbent Democratic Gov. John Bell Edwards on Saturday. This is the first rally involving Trump since the public hearings began in the impeachment investigation against him.
Trump recalled defeating Jeb Bush in 2016 in the Republican primary and Hillary Clinton in the general election. “Think about it and then think about me,” Trump urged, adding, “Let’s get some help from Ukraine to beat the sleeping Joe Biden. I don’t think.”
The US president reiterated that there was nothing wrong with his contacts with Ukraine. He is accused of withholding US military aid to the country to pressure Kyiv to launch an investigation into Joe Biden’s son.
Trump also said the impeachment investigation was “difficult” for his family. He criticized the Democrats leading the investigation and described it as a “mind-blowing witch hunt”.
Trump for the hearings against him: I hear they are a joke. I didn’t look for a minute.
US President Donald Trump said he did not even watch one minute of the first public hearings on the impeachment investigation against him, the Associated Press reported.
“I hear it’s a joke. I didn’t watch for a minute,” Trump said at his joint press conference at the White House with Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The US president assured that he was “too busy” with state affairs because he (had a meeting) with his Turkish counterpart.
“This is a forgery, and it should not be allowed,” he added, referring to the impeachment investigation.
Trump tried to show that he was “above things”, but at the same time repeatedly expressed his dissatisfaction with the impeachment investigation against him. By late afternoon, he had posted or countered more than 30 complaints and did not fail to attack Democrat Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, which is the president’s main political rival in Congress, notes the AP.
Trump has denied allegations by US Charge d’Affaires in Ukraine, William Taylor, that he has asked US Permanent Representative to the EU Gordon Sundaland for investigations in Ukraine.
During the first day of public hearings on the impeachment investigation against the president, yesterday, Taylor said one of his subordinates heard the mayor speak on the phone with Sandland on July 26. Trump asked about “investigations.”
A day earlier, the US president had a telephone conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart, Vladimir Zelensky.
Trump denied talking to Sandland about investigating Joe Biden, his potential Democratic rival in the United States presidential election next year. “I don’t know anything about it. It’s the first time I’ve heard about it,” he said.
The impeachment investigation began after a secretive-exposed insider complained about a phone conversation between the US president and his Ukrainian counterpart on July 25. According to him, Trump has pressured Zelensky Ukraine to investigate Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s son.
The reveler is known to be a CIA employee enlisted in the White House.
Trump again said he wanted to know who the person in question was. The complainant’s complaint is “very different” from the facts surrounding my telephone conversation with Zelensky, he noted.
The US president has announced that he may publish a transcript of his first telephone conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart in April.
At the same time, Trump said his meeting with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan was “wonderful and very productive,” BTA quoted Reuters as saying.
“I’m a big fan of the (Turkish) president,” Trump assured, quoted by France’s press, at the start of his joint press conference with Erdogan.
“Turkey, as everyone knows, is an important ally in NATO,” the US president emphasized.
Trump has called Turkey’s purchase of Russian C-400 missile defense systems a “serious challenge.” At the same time, he expressed confidence that the problem could be solved, the Associated Press reported.
Erdogan and I are “very good friends,” Trump assured, but at the same time acknowledged that the two failed to resolve a problem that seriously strained relations between NATO allies.
Turkey’s decision to buy the Russian C-400 is such a serious threat to NATO security that the US has suspended its participation in a multinational F-35 fighter program. Ankara has been criticized in the US Congress for its offensive in northern Syria, as well as for repressions against political opposition, journalists, and others, the AP notes.
Trump welcomed, he said, continued compliance with the ceasefire agreement in northeast Syria, signed in the middle of last month.
Earlier today, Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (UDF) have accused Turkey of attacking a ceasefire, DPA reported.
UDF commander Mazlum Abdi has accused the Turkish army of striking a population dominated by Christians in the Syrian city of Tal Tamr against the backdrop of the Erdogan-Trump meeting. Turkey is occupying 1,100 square kilometers of Syrian territory after the agreement enters into force, Abdi said.
Erdogan has suggested that within six months to two years, Turkey may return about 1 million refugees, who now reside in its territory, in northern Syria, AP reported.
The agency notes that the Turkish government hopes to relocate about 2 million of the 3.6 million Syrian refugees accepted by the country.
The Turkish president said he hoped to attract international donors to help.
Trump said, cited by Reuters that Europe has to pay a large part of the cost of care for Syrian refugees.
Erdogan expressed confidence that Turkey and the US could defeat the Islamic State (ID) group together.
Critics, however, say the Turkish offensive in northern Syria against the UDF, which carried the brunt of the fight against IS, on October 9, will complicate the fight against the radical group.