West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito was on Morgantown’s WAJR Radio this morning to talk about impeachment. In the segment, Capito briefly explained how impeachment would proceed. She was then asked about additional witnesses:
“I think that’s what we should do, and I haven’t heard both sides, then have questions, and I’m sure I’ll have questions,” Capito said, ”Then decide whether we should move forward with additional witnesses.”
(I’m not sure what she means here.)
Sadly, and predictably, the interviewer didn’t press her on any of the more recent impeachment revelations. Here, for example, is Rachael Maddow’s question to Lev Parnas about Attorney General Barr’s involvement in the Ukraine:
Maddow: "Do you know if Mr. Giuliani was ever in contact with (Attorney General) Barr, specifically, about the fact that he was trying to get Ukraine to announce these investigations into Joe Biden?"
Parnas: "Oh, absolutely."
Maddow: "Mr. Barr knew about that?"
Parnas: "Mr. Barr had to have known everything. I mean it is impossible."
Capito has been a big Barr supporter. She had this to say early last year when Barr was being considered for the attorney general position:
“It’s clear to me that Mr. Barr is unfazed by political pressure and believes profoundly in an independent Justice Department dedicated to upholding the laws of our country.”
Yeah, right! Given recent events, does she still believe that? Of course, Capito is a big supporter of all-things-Trump. (96% of the time according to FiveThirtyEight) and she has done little to hide it -- for instance, see my late-November post:
Jury members lunch with the accused and discuss the upcoming trial
By the way, not all West Virginia media have given Capito a free pass. Here's a recent editorial from the Beckley Register-Herald:
When Sen. Shelley Moore Capito steps out of her political comfort zone in an attempt to prove her bona fide allegiance to and unwavering support of President Trump, she seems – at best – a poor swimmer wading into the deep end of the pool.
The editorial concludes:
We’ll be watching to see just who she represents – her party or her country.
I'd bet on party. (Unfortunately, neither Fan Duel nor Draft Kings take bets on politics.)