While the House is conducting impeachment hearings to get to the bottom of the Ukraine scandal involving Donald Trump, Republican Senators claim to be too busy to be paying any attention. This is concerning because the Senate, which is controlled by a Republican majority, has the final say as to whether a president will be removed from office.
According to CNN’s Michael Warren, multiple GOP senators said on Wednesday that they were not watching European ambassador Gordon Sondland’s testimony, which directly implicated Trump in a quid-pro-quo scheme with Ukraine.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), for example, said that he “took my kid to school” instead of watching Sondland, while Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said he was busy “chairing my own hearing.”
Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ), meanwhile, didn’t give a reason why she had not been watching the hearings.
Key GOP senators aren't watching the Sondland hearing. @SenMcSallyAZ: "I haven't been watching it."@SenTomCotton: "Nope. Took my kid to school."@SenAlexander: "I've been chairing my own hearing."
(reporting from @MichaelRWarren)
— Marshall Cohen (@MarshallCohen) November 20, 2019
According to Kansas City Star reporter Bryan Lowry, Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) suggested that the impeachment hearings were a joke and he wouldn’t take it seriously if it got to the Senate.
“This is a boring reality show,” he explained. “I don’t think it’s going to get a second season.”
Florida GOP Sen. Rick Scott tells reporters he didn’t watch Sondland testimony. “This is a boring reality show. I don’t think it’s going to get a second season,” he says.
— Bryan Lowry (@BryanLowry3) November 20, 2019
The public impeachment hearings have brought forth a string of damaging evidence against the president. But it appears that Republican Senators still remain on Trump’s side regardless.