Senate Republicans hope Trump stays off Twitter during impeachment trial
A tweet from President Trump about former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch is displayed during her testimony before the House Intelligence Committee in November. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Pool/Getty Images
Senate Republicans told Politico that they hope President Trump will stay off Twitter during his impeachment trial.
The big picture: GOP lawmakers fear that a tweetstorm — like the one the president embarked on the day of the impeachment vote — could disrupt their strategy, sway undecideds and ruin the chances of a unanimous acquittal from Senate Republicans.
What they're saying, via Politico:
- Sen. John Cornyn (Texas): "This is a solemn and serious undertaking and I just think we don’t need a bunch of distractions. ... The president will like the outcome, I believe, in the end. So ... making it easier, not harder, would be a good thing."
- Sen. Susan Collins (Maine): "The president would be best served by letting his lawyers speak for him and not doing any comment. At all. ... I doubt, however, that he will heed my advice."
- Sen. Lindsay Graham (S.C.): "He can defend himself, he has a right to express his grievances, but if I were him I would … keep a low profile."
- Sen. John Thune (S.D.): "There [are] many cases in which I hope he doesn’t tweet."
- Yovanovitch told lawmakers during the hearing that she found the tweets "very intimidating".
- It was the type of attack Republicans on the panel had hoped to avoid, as they sought to steer clear of appearing to intimidate the diplomat as she described her ouster.