Tired and hungry senators struggle with impeachment trial

Mail Online | 1/21/2020 | Ap
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Adam Schiff was still speaking - about witnesses, documents, future presidents and the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

He'd said it all before, but five hours into the Senate trial Tuesday, Schiff, the lead prosecutor, was saying it again.

Republican - Side - Sen - James - Risch

Suddenly, from the Republican side, Sen. James Risch of Idaho raised his left hand so Schiff could see it and pointed, repeatedly, to his wristwatch. Time's up, Risch signaled.

He was right: It was time to vote, and - perhaps as important - it would soon be time for dinner. Schiff yielded, and the senators rose to vote and then quietly left the chamber.

'The - Matter - Something - Heard - Sen

'The subject matter is something we've all heard,' Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., told reporters.

The understatement helps explain what seemed to be a widespread struggle with attention late Tuesday as arguments in the abuse and obstruction trial stretched into the late evening.

Challenge - Anyone - Jury - Senators - Stakes

It's a challenge anyone who's served on a jury might understand, but senators try not to complain, given the enormous political stakes of the trial during the 2020 election year.

About a third of the senators are up for re-election. The more senior members are on-camera during the proceedings.

Anyone - Senators - Tuesday - Trial - History

Anyone falling asleep - and a few senators looked like they might have Tuesday - during only the third impeachment trial in history would have some explaining to do.

The urge to nod off stems in part from the familiarity of the arguments. They have all heard the story of Trump's pressure on Ukraine.

Handful - Claim - Minds - Trump - Office

Only a handful claim to have not made up their minds on whether Trump should be removed from office.

And the outcome - the impeached president's acquittal - seems clear. Still, the trial is expected to cover tedious, familiar territory six days a week until it is resolved.

Piece - News - Senate

One piece of good news for the attention-challenged: The Senate voted...
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