Over 20 Fed Up Senators Shun Schiff-Refuse To Sit For His 3 Hours Presentation,
Multiple reports indicate that lead impeachment manager’s long-winded 3 hour Presentation resulted in nearly 2 dozen empty seats that included Republicans and Democrats.
According to Yahoo, it was only day two, but the restlessness was palpable on the Senate floor on Wednesday as Democrats made their opening arguments against President Donald Trump.
Senators were expecting their first recess at 3:08 p.m., roughly two hours after the trial got underway. But House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff declared around 3:15 p.m. that he still had 10 minutes left, and several Republicans — including a half-dozen who had been waiting near the door — bolted to the exits.
Senators Shun Schiff 3 Hours Presentation
As Schiff finished up his roughly three-hour presentation, there were as many as two dozen Republican senators out of their seats at once — a clear violation of the rules that bar senators from leaving their seats during the trial.
“The end is in sight,” Schiff quipped on the floor, as senators began shuffling out of the chamber en masse.
Even before that scheduled recess break, a half dozen Republicans had decided to stand in the back — like Sens. Tim Scott of South Carolina and Ben Sasse of Nebraska — rather than remain in their seats.
A half-dozen Democrats, too, were in and out of the chamber. That includes Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who left the room three times — including once for more than 10 minutes. But nearly all Democrats remained in the chamber to listen to Schiff, even as some, like Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), stood near the back of the room to lean against a railing or wall.
According to Michael McAauliff of the NY Daily News, Adam Schiff’s long-winded presentation resulted in 21 empty seats, 19 of them being from Republicans.
In a tweet storm, McAulifee explained:
Couldn't see when lot of people left, but Graham, Cassidy and Risch were all out for a long time. Graham scooted back when Schiff was talking about Zelensky cancelling the CNN interview.
— Michael McAuliff (@mmcauliff) January 22, 2020Advertisement
Over 20 Fed Up Senators Shun Schiff-Refuse To Sit For His 3 Hours Presentation
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