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15 GOP Walk Out of Impeachment Trial

 

Impeachment Manager Ted Lieu had just begun making the case for Donald Trump’s lack of remorse for his role in the January 6th insurrection at the Capitol on Thursday afternoon when Republican members of the Senate jury began slipping out of the chamber. Despite being jurors literally sitting at their own crime scene, they seemed to feel no need to revisit the evidence of that day, especially since it would incriminate all of them who continue to support Trump.

As reports of the exodus began hitting Twitter, users were outraged at the level of disrespect for the process, as well as for the dead. Most of the vitriol was aimed at the primary instigators from the Senate, Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, who were each dragged for their immature antics regarding the trial.

UNITED STATES – DECEMBER 10: Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, right, and Josh Hawley, R-Mo., attend the Senate Judiciary Committee markup on judicial nominations and the Online Content Policy Modernization Act, in Dirksen Building on Thursday, December 10, 2020. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

Senators Lindsey Graham and Rand Paul were both away from their desks, while Senator Jim Risch was in the basement on his phone, CNN’s Manu Raju tweeted. Even Trump’s lawyers, David Schoen and Bruce Castor, were reportedly not taking notes, and Schoen left the chamber to speak to reporters and participate in several TV news interviews.

Many within the chamber were preoccupied with other activities: Senators Tom Cotton and Chuck Grassley were reading papers, while Senator Rick Scott had a blank map of Asia on his desk and was writing on it like he was filling in the names of the countries.

Twitter users were enraged by the disrespect and began tweeting demands for consequences for the 15 who left the chamber and the rest who acted as though they would rather be anywhere else.

 

Trump’s defense team will be presenting their arguments without their client present on Friday.

 



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