House Republican impeachment inquiry attorney Steve Castor on Friday baffled viewers with a line of questioning that appeared to be beneficial to House Democrats' case for impeaching President Donald Trump.
Among other things, Castor referred to ambassador Bill Taylor as a man of integrity and also didn't challenge former ambassador Marie Yovanovich's story that she had been the subject of a smear campaign launched by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani.
In fact, Castor's line of questioning was so friendly to House Democrats, that some Twitter users joked that he was a "deep state plant" who's secretly helping to impeach the president.
Check out some reactions below.
Republican counsel could not be doing a better job of helping Yovanovitch hit the highlights of her previous testimony.— John Levenstein (@John Levenstein)1573839334.0
Castor is allowing Yovanovitch to further discuss the allegation that Giuliani was behind a smear campaign against… https://t.co/EI8KEF0KEc— Jamie Dupree (@Jamie Dupree)1573839337.0
Sign of how bad the GOP case is: The GOP counsel is praising Taylor, a damaging witness to Trump.— Christina Reynolds (@Christina Reynolds)1573839512.0
I get what the deep state GOP is doing: bring in the lawyer (Steve Castor) who brilliantly ran your successful Beng… https://t.co/VqIHI08EWp— Nomiki Konst (@Nomiki Konst)1573839634.0
Is Steve Castor trying to help Democrats? How is this line of questioning helpful to Republicans?— Emily C. Singer (@Emily C. Singer)1573839131.0
Steve Castor's attempt to discredit Ambassador Yovanovitch by validating the credibility of Ambassador Taylor seems...unwise.— Evan McMullin 🇺🇸 (@Evan McMullin 🇺🇸)1573839338.0
Castor seems to have gone over to the other side— Blake News (@Blake News)1573839156.0
Castor is the minority counsel? Are we sure?— John Flowers (@John Flowers)1573839187.0
The Deep State clearly got to Castor last night.— Bruce Holsinger (@Bruce Holsinger)1573839710.0
Steve Castor keeps asking questions that prompt Yovanovitch to repeat damaging testimony. Odd strategy.— chris smith (@chris smith)1573839424.0