Josh Hawley re: Impeachment Trial - 'That's Why We're Here? For Kinda Crimes? This Is Becoming a Farce. Let's Vote.'

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., arrives for a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, for Attorney General nominee William Barr. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Senate Armed Services Committee member Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., pauses during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on “Nuclear Policy and Posture” on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)


Missouri Senator Josh Hawley has been quite vocal in his disdain for the impeachment trial of President Trump — at least insofar as the case presented by the House impeachment managers.

As noted by my colleague Nick Arama earlier this week, Hawley has prepared subpoenas for witnesses in the (increasingly unlikely) event the Senate votes to call them — witnesses the Democrats are sure to caterwaul about.  (Much as I’m impeachmented out and look forward to this show coming to an end, it’s hard not to relish the thought of Schiff and the Bidens on the hot seat.)

Yesterday, as the Senators got their chance to submit questions to the impeachment managers and Trump defense teams, Hawley shared some of his observations on Twitter:


“Questioning for 5 hours so far in the Senate. Adam Schiff just said House Dems’ case is about bribery. But they didn’t allege bribery in the Articles! Or extortion. Or any unlawful conduct of any kind. But we should overturn an election? Schiff & Co getting desperate,” Hawley tweeted in the early evening hours.


He saliently identifies one of the flaws in the Dems’ current tack — the sudden swing back to (poll-tested/mother-approved) “bribery” runs counter to the actual Articles of Impeachment the Dems opted to run with.

Hawley elaborated on this during his appearance on Tucker Carlson’s show last night:

CARLSON: If it turns out the Democrats don’t hold the line…some vote to acquit, what will they say at that point, I wonder, as a party?

HAWLEY: Well…I think they’re gonna just have to admit that, listen, that this is ill-advised from the beginning; what it really has been is a partisan attempt to overturn an election. I mean, that’s what this really comes down to — they don’t like the President, they’ve never liked the President, they wanted to impeach him from Day One, they were hellbent on doing it, and now — oops! — they accidentally did it and they can’t prove a case! Because there isn’t a case and they’re putting the whole country through this, Tucker, and that’s why it’s time to bring this to an end. Let’s vote. We’ve heard the evidence, they don’t have a case. Let’s vote.


To further emphasize his point, Hawley tweeted:

Tonight it became painfully clear that Schiff & Co have no idea what their case is. They said it’s “like bribery.” Or “like extortion.” That’s why we’re here? For kinda crimes? This is becoming a farce. Let’s vote.

“Kinda crimes,” indeed. For some reason, that called to mind this scene from one of my all-time favorite movies (“About Last Night”):

Steve Carlson I thought we had something kind of special.

Debbie No, it was kind of sleazy. And now… it’s kind of over.

Kinda like the whole impeachment fiasco.


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