MISSOURI Senator Josh Hawley denounced Donald Trump’s impeachment trial proceedings as “a total kangaroo court”, as Democrats got stuck into their last day of presenting their case.
The Republican condemned the proceedings and seconded claims from Trump’s legal team that the trial was “unconstitutional”.
Senator Josh Hawley said the impeachment proceedings were “a total kangaroo court”Credit: Splash News
It is the last day for the Democrats to lay out their case against TrumpCredit: Reuters
“It is totally unconstitutional and it is incredibly selfish on the part of the Democrats who are pursuing their own personal political vendettas here,” Hawley told interviewer Harris Faulkner.
“This is a total kangaroo trial.”
It seems the majority of GOP Senators remain reluctant to change their minds, after hearing two days of arguments from House managers, appointed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Their views on the issue of constitutionality are unchanged, as Republicans branded the arguments “repetitive” and “bizarre”.
Hawley also slammed rioters involved in the deadly insurrection at the Capitol on January 6, despite greeting the former President’s supporters with an encouraging raised fist before they began.
He continued, “You’re not going to get anything but condemnation from me for what happened with those criminals at the Capitol on Jan. 6, but that doesn’t make the trial any more legitimate than it is, which is totally illegitimate — no basis in the Constitution.”
“What we’re seeing is what we lived through. It’s what my staff lived through.
“The criminals who did it ought to be prosecuted as they are being and ought to be given the full measure of the law.”
The loyal Trump supporter denied suggestions he was acting based on his feelings towards the 45th President, instead implying he was fulfilling his duty as a Senator.
“The Republican Party — if it belongs to anybody — it belongs to the voters, the people who sent us here.
“That’s who I’m accountable to.”
At least 17 Republican senators must join the 50 Democrats in the Senates vote to secure Donald Trump’s conviction.
Hawley is fiercely loyal and a staunch defender of former President Donald TrumpCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Hawley’s wife Erin was swarmed by protestors at the family’s home in Virginia just days before the Capitol riot