GOP Senators Say They Won’t Watch Today’s Impeachment Hearings

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.”

Watch his comments below:

Graham is not the only senator who said he’s going to ignore the hearings. Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said he will “not at all” watch the hearings.

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.”

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) said he won’t have time to watch the hearings, “I don’t see any time in my schedule that I would be likely to watch any of it tomorrow.”

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.

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