I've been listening today, to the extent that I have time and attention to give it, to the live streaming of it. I'm sure there are many ways to do so; I just happened to use the NBC News link, which is:


Today's testimony is from William Taylor (a U.S. diplomat to Ukraine) and George Kent (a State Department official).

I believe the Democrats had a first chance to question them, but I came into the live-stream when Republicans were getting a chance to interview them.

I must say, Taylor is not a great witness if you're going by how quickly or emphatically a witness responds. He often asks for questions to be repeated, often seems to stumble and cast about for how to respond. I don't have any reason this has any bearing on the truthfulness of what he's testified to, but if you want to make this look like he's in any way an untrustworthy witness, you'll focus on Taylor rather than Kent (who is much crisper and confident in his responses), and the Republican questioning is indeed pursuing Taylor almost exclusively.

Regretfully, I missed seeing/hearing the name of the GOP questioner, but he's clearly pursuing a strategy (as expected) of painting a picture of Trump's interactions of Ukraine as being 1) normal (indeed, warranted due to concerns about whether Ukraine interfered with the 2016 election) and 2) about the Bidens solely because of #1. This seems to me to strictly be a tactic to distract and raise doubt about the Democrats' narrative. I don't know whether it'll work; I suspect it will and does for those who primarily consume news from conservative media sources?

Schiff, in followup questions, seems to be decent on putting the focus of questions back onto the issue of whether Trump extorted another nation's leader for personal gain.