The Senate is gearing up for a historic impeachment trial against President Donald Trump, who withheld congressionally approved aid from Ukraine on the condition that its leaders announce investigations against his political opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden.
Days after taking an oath of impartiality, some Republican senators are making the rounds to defend Trump's actions.
Among them? Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), who chalked Trump's actions up to "Things happen."
Shelby on Trump soliciting foreign interference: "Those are just statements, political" @GStephanopoulos: "So it's… https://t.co/SanLb950np— ABC News Politics (@ABC News Politics)1579447041.0
When asked by ABC's George Stephanopoulos if it was improper for the President to pressure Ukraine to influence the United States election, Shelby said:
"I didn't say it was OK. I said people make them — people do things. Things happen."
Reminded by Stephanopoulos the standards most Presidents are held to, Shelby again dismissed Trump's actions:
"Well, still the president of the United States is human. And he's going to make mistakes of judgment and everything else."
As more and more evidence confirms that the extortion of Ukraine wasn't a mistake, but rather a coordinated effort, people are calling out Republicans like Shelby for refusing to acknowledge how bad this looks for Trump.
Why does he continues to make the same mistake and when is enough enough? https://t.co/zGUH6rQN05— Youngblood (@Youngblood)1579531479.0
The extent to which they humanize/forgive Trump and cling relentlessly to the presumption of his innocent, while de… https://t.co/q3FUq5ylt9— Jeffrey Wright (@Jeffrey Wright)1579476521.0
A complex plan to use our money through a number of sleazy off-book actors to extort a foreign country into fraudul… https://t.co/zsVBhATBEK— Private Joker (@Private Joker)1579474155.0
Trump is being impeached and Shelby likens it to a verbal misstep. These quislings are so craven. Trump already had… https://t.co/5IRawoAYr5— Victoria Brownworth #MLKDay (@Victoria Brownworth #MLKDay)1579473455.0
A prime example of a GOP Senator ensliming himself with Trump's criminality. https://t.co/mzEsxK92uK— davidrlurie (@davidrlurie)1579531192.0
This is a big step. Now, let's move on to the consequences of these "mistakes." https://t.co/Fe9kgAfU1T— steven (@steven)1579456888.0
Bless your heart, Shelby. I’m sure most people convicted of crimes would call their behavior mistakes too. Especial… https://t.co/q3nqiIm5XN— MarySMoore (@MarySMoore)1579463678.0
Hey @SenShelby T is not making mistakes he is making unlawful and criminal decisions intentionally every single day… https://t.co/gMYDaP8zNG— Health tips (@Health tips)1579447455.0
Arguments in the Senate's impeachment trial of Donald Trump begin on Tuesday.