Republicans in the room go missing during impeachment testimony that implicates Trump (VIDEO)
An odd thing happened today during EU ambassador Gordon Sondland’s testimony in the House impeachment inquiry: most of the Republicans in the room went missing.
As Ambassador Sondland was implicating President Donald Trump, as well as Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, reporters noticed that almost all of the GOP minority on the House Intelligence Committee left the room.
“Unusual that most Rs left room during this round of Dem questions,” tweeted John Parkison, of ABC News. “Only Jordan, Ratcliffe with GOP counsel Steve Castor – and now Nunes returns to dais. No lawmakers seated in viewing area either.”
Unusual that most Rs left room during this round of Dem questions. Only Jordan, Ratcliffe with GOP counsel Steve Castor - and now Nunes returns to dais. No lawmakers seated in viewing area either. pic.twitter.com/q0yzALRcFf— John R Parkinson (@jparkABC) November 20, 2019
Chairman Adam Schiff said after break that he gave House Republicans in the minority the opportunity to question the witness but they declined to do so.
“Sondland’s testimony appears to have deflated Republicans,” said Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank. “The GOP members’ cheering squad has left the room.”
Sondland’s testimony appears to have deflated Republicans. The GOP members’ cheering squad has left the room. pic.twitter.com/ojKOFDwnKy— Dana Milbank (@Milbank) November 20, 2019
Republicans appear to have left the room to figure out what the hell they’re supposed to do next, since we’re in another 45/45 round of questioning, only @DevinNunes and counsel Steve Castor will be able to question Sondland. pic.twitter.com/W4tqFBfZen— Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) November 20, 2019
Lot of empty seats on side of House Intel Republicans in this Sondland hearing.— Olivia Beavers (@Olivia_Beavers) November 20, 2019
Reps. Nunes, Jordan and Ratcliffe are only members left. pic.twitter.com/K68OBxVvZY
Since Republicans aren't winning this fight, they're just not paying any attention to it.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo got snarky today when asked his thoughts on the "quid pro quo" that the Trump administration was accused of engaging in.
“I didn’t see a single thing today. I was working. Sounds like you might not have a been.”
WATCH: When asked to react to Amb. Sondland’s testimony about Sec. Pompeo in the impeachment hearing today, Sec. Pompeo responds with snark: “I didn’t see a single thing today. I was working. Sounds like you might not have a been.” pic.twitter.com/AxXM84Abql— MSNBC (@MSNBC) November 20, 2019
Of course he didn't see it. Sondland highlighted Secretary Pompeo's involvement in the bribery scheme, too.