HOUSTON — State Rep. David Simpson took up the defense of whistleblowing University of Texas regent Wallace Hall in a five-page letter sent to his legislative colleagues Monday, calling the impeachment hearings conducted so far a “farce.”

Simpson takes square aim at the one reason Rep. Dan Flynn, co-chair of that impeachment committee, has left himself for voting for Hall’s ouster.

Last month, Flynn voted for Hall’s impeachment one week after writing that none of the accusations his committee had assembled “merit levels of impeachment,” and refuting each of the accusations with nine pages of arguments straight from the pages of watchdog.org.