Several Republican Senators have indicated that they will not watch the public phase of the impeachment hearings in the House, slated to start on Nov. 13.
Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) told The Hill that he isnt going to watch the hearings in the House as it “could prejudice my view” when the impeachment articles reach the Senate.
“I wouldnt want to see that,” he said, adding that during the trial of President Bill Clinton, he “waited to hear the evidence that came before the Senate.”
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said that he wont be watching the hearings, saying the impeachment inquiry is a “sham” process.
“Its being driven by political people,” he told the news website. “I think this is a bunch of crap in the House.”
Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) noted that they have work to do.
“Theyre selectively leaking out different documents and its hard to follow what theyre doing,” Ernst said of House Democrats leading the inquiry into President Donald Trump.
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), a prominent Trump critic on the Republican side, said he would evaluate the hearings.
“I certainly anticipate that when the time comes I will give this a very thorough dedication and evaluation,” Romney said. He also added that he hadnt read any of the House-released transcripts of the depositions.
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), who is the chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, told The Hill that he believes “the thing that will impact how my colleagues look at this—ultimately, most—is whether it continues to be a largely partisan process in the House or not.”
“If they come up with information thats very persuasive to a whole lot of Republican House members, thats a totally different situation when it comes over here than if it comes over with the same kind of vote that they had already to open the impeachment inquiry,” he added.
And Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) noted that “having been appellate law clerk and having practiced law for a while … its very very hard to judge witness credibility based on a transcript.”
Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters that the Senate impeachment trial will most likely end up with the same outcome as the past two efforts to impeach a president.
“I will say, Im pretty sure how its likely to end,” McConnell said. “If it were today, I dont think theres any question it would not leaRead More – Source