Here’s what Michigan lawmakers had to say about the 1st public impeachment hearing

    President Donald J. Trump addresses his remarks to the Economic Club of New York Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York. | Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead via Flickr Public Domain

    The first day of public impeachment hearings for President Donald Trump featured damning testimony from acting Ukraine Ambassador William Taylor. The longtime diplomat detailed the president’s role in allegedly withholding aid from the Ukraine government unless it investigated former Vice President Joe Biden.

    Top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine, William B. Taylor Jr. (R) testifies before the House Intelligence Committee, November 13, 2019 in Washington, DC. | Win McNamee/Getty Images

    All seven Democrats in Michigan’s U.S. House delegation back impeachment hearings, as well as U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (I-Cascade Twp.). All six Michigan Republicans oppose the inquiry.

    On Wednesday, most of Michigan’s federal legislators avoided social media comments on impeachment. However, several retweeted party leaders.

    Here’s a look at those lawmakers who did write about the hearings on Twitter.

    U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) took a solemn approach.

    U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield) noted Taylor’s testimony before the hearing.

    Meanwhile, Republicans went on the attack against the hearing. U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Tipton) did a two-part tweet ripping Democrats for being “fixated on impeachment by any means necessary” and called the proceedings a “charade.”

    He then went on to accuse Democrats of failing to get things done on issues. The Democratic-controlled U.S. House has passed hundreds of bills that the GOP-led U.S. Senate hasn’t taken up, including legislation protecting Dreamers, people with pre-existing conditions and LGBTQ people.

    And U.S. Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-Dryden), who’s retiring next year, tweeted a video of him warning against impeachment becoming a partisan act. Mitchell posted in September on Facebook that he believes that impeachment isn’t an alternative to elections.

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    Susan J. Demas is a 19-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.