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.
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.
Today is the first public hearings of the impeachment inquiry. As elected officials we take an oath of office to protect the Constitution. These hearings are about following the facts to do that.
— Rep. Debbie Dingell (@RepDebDingell) November 13, 2019
U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield) noted Taylor’s testimony before the hearing.
Here’s the text that today’s first witness, Ambassador Bill Taylor, sent to other diplomats as Trump’s pressure campaign hit its peak. Trump finally released the military aid to Ukraine two days later. #DefendOurDemocracy #ForThePeople pic.twitter.com/HDiqZxvk5S
— Brenda Lawrence (@RepLawrence) November 13, 2019
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.
What policies have been left behind during Democrats’ quest for impeachment?
❌ Lowering prescription drug prices
❌ Passing stronger trade deals
❌ Supporting our troops
❌ Securing the border
Let’s focus on moving America forward, not trying to overturn the 2016 election.
— Rep Tim Walberg (@RepWalberg) November 13, 2019
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.
#Impeachment must not be based upon polling data, election advantages, or social media commentary. It must be based upon clear and compelling facts. To do anything else threatens our republic. pic.twitter.com/wPaiMRlKUM
— Rep. Paul Mitchell (@RepPaulMitchell) November 13, 2019