Congressman Peter Welch finds the impeachment inquiry testimony of career diplomats "inspiring." As for the "discouraging" part - it's not hard to guess.
““One of the things that’s so alarming to me is that we’re in a new political world where a new presentation of facts will not change anybody’s mind,” Welch said.
He compared the situation to a board of aldermen discussing widening a road, only to have some members of the board refuse to accept measurements of the road’s current width as true.
The hearings, Welch said, provided a vivid example of what we all knew was happening. “People just see the facts the way want to see them, and I think that has ominous implications,” he said.""