Whereas many GOP Senators have been moved by impeachment, Rick Scott calls it a “full waste of time”
Yesterday’s impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump opened with a rousing speech by Congressman Jamie Raskin. And the hearings have only gotten more emotional since then.
Republican Senator James Lankford was visibly upset as he watched footage of the January 6 riot today. A number of GOP lawmakers have commented on how effective the Democratic case was.
After today’s hearing, John Thune of South Dakota said: “I think they were very effective. They had a strong, powerful presentation that was put together to be pretty compelling in my opinion. “
GOP Senator John Thune on the impeachment managers: “I think they were very effective. They had a strong, powerful presentation that was put together to be pretty compelling in my opinion.”
– Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) February 10, 2021
Yesterday, another Republican, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, changed his mind about the constitutionality of the case. He told reporters, “Property managers were focused, they were organized ”and“ made a compelling argument. President Trump’s team was disorganized. They went out of their way to talk about the question at hand, and when they talked about it they somehow slipped across, almost as if they were embarrassed about their arguments. “
Scott didn’t feel like his Republican counterparts, however. “Look,” he said. “I knew I wish the president had said something faster than they broke into it, but I was watching what he said. He never said when someone should break in – [he] actually said that people should do this peacefully. This is a complete waste of time, ”he continued. “It doesn’t do anything to help American families, it doesn’t help people get jobs, it doesn’t help get the vaccine out … it’s vengeful.”
Attorney Daniel Uhlfelder was quick to point out part of Scott’s story in courtrooms. He tweeted: “Rick Scott has invoked the Fifth Amendment Against Self-Blame 75 times in his civil law statements. “
Rick Scott invoked the fifth amendment against self-accusation 75 times in his civil law statements https://t.co/VGujgdc11Q
– Daniel Uhlfelder (@DWUhlfelderLaw) February 10, 2021
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