We live in an era of instant messaging.
We are not used to the thought that we can use our own words and videos to inform others about what is happening in our nation.
But we can do so.
We can live tweet.
And in the case of the House Judiciary Committee hearing on impeaching President Donald Trump, we can.
The House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Judiciary has already voted to hold a hearing to discuss impeachment, but it is still a far-fetched and potentially far-reaching notion.
It is also the first such hearing since Trump was sworn in, and it is a highly charged and emotional topic.
The Judiciary Committee will hear from four people, including former Trump adviser and lawyer Michael Cohen, who are facing obstruction of justice charges stemming from their role in Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
The committee will also hear from a former White House national security adviser, retired Lt.
Gen. Michael Flynn, who is also accused of lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia during the campaign.
“What I’m hoping for is a fair and transparent hearing where members can share their perspective with the American people about the scope of the issues that they have raised,” said Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), the ranking member of the committee.
“I’m hopeful that we will have a fair, honest hearing and hopefully it will provide an opportunity for everyone involved to have a chance to explain their view of the facts and how it relates to the facts.”
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D) said the hearing is important because “everyone has to understand that there’s a very real possibility of impeachment.”
She said she hopes that the committee “will hold the president accountable for the damage he’s done to our democracy and the future of our country.”
Lofgren also said that she is “troubled” by the possibility that the hearings will be held in secret, which is what happened in the Senate impeachment hearing last week.
“If you want to talk about a secret hearing, well I’m not really sure what to say to that,” she said.
“But I am a firm believer in transparency, in transparency for the American public.”
Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Darrell Issa (R, CA), and John Conyers Jr. (D, MI) all called on the committee to hold the hearing and also called on President Trump to step down.
“There is no doubt in my mind that we’re facing a very serious threat to our constitutional republic if the President continues to have the confidence of Congress and the American People in his office,” Issa said in a statement.
“If he does not resign, I call on him to immediately resign as president and appoint a special counsel to conduct an independent investigation.”
“The American people deserve a transparent and unbiased investigation of his actions and those of his associates.
If the President refuses to step aside, we must hold hearings in a bipartisan, transparent manner,” Gowdy added.
Rep. Trey Radel (D), who is the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said he is worried about how the hearings might impact the president’s family.
“It is very difficult for the president and his family to continue to have access to the President of the United States,” he said.
Radel said the committee needs to “get it over with.”
“He’s the president of the country.
He’s the head of the executive branch.
We all have responsibilities,” Radel added.
“We all have obligations to the people of this country.”