Josh Hawley is a criminal co-conspirator in the domestic terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol, so he certainly shouldn’t be a juror in Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. Unfortunately, unlike with a criminal trial, there aren’t many rules when it comes to impeachment trials that could restrict this sort of thing. Hawley is now flaunting this by behaving as boorishly as possible during the trial.
Multiple major news outlets are now reporting that during today’s impeachment trial proceedings, Josh Hawley sat with his feet up on the chair in front of him and made a point of reading unrelated printed materials.
Hawley is trying to send a clear signal that he thinks the trial is illegitimate and of no interest to him. That’s cute, but it’s not going to help him. Plenty of major donors are on the fence about whether to cut Hawley off entirely, which would be a career killer for a Republican.
And of course prosecutors are surely watching Josh Hawley’s behavior today and attempting to determine whether it’s evidence of consciousness of guilt, when it comes to any criminal charges that Hawley might face. This violent, disrespectful clown is in over his head and he just keeps digging himself a deeper hole.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report