Anyone who has tuned into the first day of impeachment hearings can see two things. One side, the Democrats, are investigating presidential abuse of power and bribery. The other side, the Republicans, are attempting to get the witnesses to follow them down any rabbit hole or conspiracy theory they can dream up.
One side is worried about Russian meddling in the 2020 election. The other side is trying to exonerate Vladimir Putin and his Russian agents, many of which have already been indicted, and trying to somehow blame Ukraine for the 2016 election meddling.
Not all Republicans are pleased with the tactics the GOP is taking. For example, there’s Ari Fleischer, who has frequently defended Donald J. Trump.
As the GOP was floundering trying to distract everyone from the issue at hand, Fleischer tweeted this:
Whatever the GOP counsel is doing, it's not working. I don't undertand where he's going.
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) November 13, 2019
Fleischer is correct.
GOP lawmakers tasked Stephen Castor with questioning Bill Taylor, the acting ambassador to Ukraine, and George Kent, a State Department deputy who covers Ukraine, and the staunch Republican Fleischer wasn’t impressed.
Several followers of Fleischer weren’t impressed either. Below are some examples:
— Brody C. O’Connell (@brody_connell) November 13, 2019
Everything Congress needs to establish for impeachment is conclusively established. All Republicans have left is the opportunity to create sound bytes and plant irrelevant misdirection stories that can fill airtime at Fox News.
— GPaul (@GimmeYourTired) November 13, 2019
This is who you've been defending, Ari.
— Brooke Binkowski (@brooklynmarie) November 13, 2019
GOP doesn't understand that they could have a lot of their policies under Pence without the trouble of DT. Get rid of DT, keep Pence in, and they still hold control.
— AMG (@ymasumac) November 13, 2019
Remind me again why republicans had a temper tantrum when these hearings were behind closed doors?
They are devastating for Trump.
— ryana (@saasr5) November 13, 2019