Here’s What TV Newsers Have to Say About Day 5 of the Trump Impeachment Hearings

By A.J. Katz 

Day 5 of the Pres. Trump impeachment public hearings in front of the House Intelligence Committee features the testimonies of Dr. Fiona Hill,  former senior director for Europe and Russia at the National Security Council, (and a British-born American) as well as David Holmes, a senior diplomat at the US Embassy in Ukraine.

The first break in the proceedings began at 11:05 a.m. ET, as committee members needed to head down the hall to cast voters on other matters. The hearing is set to resume at 12:30 p.m. ET.

One of the most notable moments from the early session was when Dr. Hill said former National Security Adviser John Bolton called Pres. Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani a “hand grenade” who was going to “blow everybody up.”


Holmes said that he overheard Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland (who testified yesterday) discussing investigations with Pres. Trump the day after his July 25 call with the president of Ukraine, Zelensky.

Below are some early reactions from TV newsers concerning Dr. Hill’s and Holmes’ morning testimonies. We will continue to update this post as additional reactions roll in.

During the first break, NBC’s Chuck Todd remarked that the Democrats should think twice about closing up the case before getting former national security adviser and ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton in front of the committee. “Democrats have to think long and hard about an appearance that they’re sort of short-circuiting this.” Todd later used a baseball analogy in regard to the witnesses: “If today is the last day of televised hearings, I don’t think they [the Democrats] have their closer yet.” Bolton is the closest thing to a “closer,” Todd states.

ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos gives his analysis on the early portion of the proceedings.

CNN’s Bianna Golodryga praises Dr. Hill:



Fox News’ Chris Wallace remarked earlier this morning that all of the impeachment hearing witnesses seem to be in agreement that there was indeed a quid pro here, as well as how impressed he has been by the two who are testifying today.