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The Democrat House Managers for the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump have senators in “agony” and “bored out of their minds”, with many nodding off, walking around and even leaving the chamber for extended periods of time according to reports. The boredom was exacerbated by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) forcing debates and votes on eleven doomed motions that dragged out Tuesday’s opening session until almost 2 a.m. EST.
The boredom set in on the first day, Tuesday, and carried on in to Wednesday as Lead House Manager Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) droned on for hours.
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CBS News reported Tuesday evening mid-way through the opening session that senators were already bored to death, “Chip Reid reports on how Senators are faring so far in the impeachment hearing – without phones or snacks. “It’s a bit like a college lecture hall. Some of them are busily taking notes, some of them look bored out of their minds.”
Courthouse News reported on the opening of Wednesday’s session with this headline:
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…Senator Rand Paul glued his eyes on a crossword puzzle hidden under his desk during opening arguments from Schiff, the House Intelligence chairman from California. Senator Bernie Sanders could be seen nodding off, slouched deep in his wooden desk with his chin bobbing on his chest.
…Clocking in at more than two and a half hours, Schiff’s opening argument left dozens of empty chairs on the Senate floor as Republicans – and a few sleepy Democrats – left the room to converse in the halls or grab a snack.
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When the California Democrat said, “Now let me turn to the second article of impeachment,” McConnell crumpled in his chair.
“The end is in sight,” Schiff assured, as exasperation boiled on the Republican side of the chamber and more senators trickled out.
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Even Democrats strongly backing impeachment drifted to...
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