As House Democrats prepare for their first round of open hearings in their impeachment probe into President Donald Trump, several Republican senators said they will not watch the hearings.
Appearing on Fox News’ “Hannity” on Tuesday night, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told Sean Hannity that he will not be watching the hearings on Wednesday because he does not want to legitimize the probe.
“So why am I not going to watch this hearing tomorrow? Because I think it is a threat to the presidency. I don’t want to legitimize it. It’s un-American. It denies the basics of due process.”
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that he will be “paying attention to what we’re doing in the Senate.”
Several other Republican senators said they have other things do than watch the House hearings. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said, “It’s a political sideshow, and I’ve got more important things to do. The House has its job to do. And then when it comes to us, that’s when our job kicks in.”
Republicans weren’t the only ones who said they would not watch the hearing. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said that he would try to watch it, but “it’s a pretty hectic day, I’m not going to be able to sit glued.”
While Republican senators said they have more important things to do than watch the hearings, Trump has not said whether he will watch the hearings though his public schedule shows no public events for the first two hours of the hearings.