Large Block Of Republican Senators Left Impeachment Hearing During Adam Schiff’s Speech Leaving “21 Empty Seats”

You have got to be kidding me!

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According to a new report from Congressional reporter Michael McAuliff, a total of 21 GOP Senators got up out of their seats yesterday during Donald Trump’s official Senate impeachment trial as Representative Adam Schiff delivered his speech to the Senators — some of whom reportedly were walking around to stretch their legs while others had apparently completely left the Senate chambers altogether — a move that flies in the face of Senate rules requiring the members of Congress to remain in their seats at all times throughout the hearings.

Last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer penned a lengthy letter to their fellow Congressmen and women, in which they outlined in detail the rules and regulations that Senators would be expected to follow throughout the formal impeachment hearings in the Senate — including but not limited to, “Senators should plan to be in attendance at all times during the proceedings” as well as “remain in their seats at all times they are on the Senate floor during the impeachment proceedings.”

However, it seems that more than one-third of the 53 Republican members of the Senate who are present to play their part in ultimately deciding the fate of Donald Trump didn’t believe that said rules apply to them. Or, at the very least, just didn’t care to follow them.

“Just counted 21 empty seats on the GOP side of the Senate, 2 on the Dem side, a couple hours into Schiff’s presentation. Some are just stretching their legs, but most are not in the chamber. Some of them have been out of there for a while,” McAuliff wrote on Twitter yesterday afternoon.

He then went on to specify that Senators Lindsey Graham, Bill Cassidy, and Jim Risch were of the most notable members of Congress to have been absent from their seats for a “long time.”

While we expected this sort of childish, immature behavior out of the South Carolina, Trump-sympathizing Senator Lindsey Graham, who has repeatedly and publicly declared that he’s already made up his mind in regard to Donald’s transgressions and essentially wouldn’t be giving this very real and very important process the time of day, it is a bit more surprising to see from Senator Cassidy — who stated earlier this week that he intended to “listen to both sides with an open mind” before he made his final decision.

But Senator Risch, well, he’s already kicking things off on a bad foot no more than a couple of days into the hearings, as this marks the second time now that he’s missed a good portion of what was going on inside the Senate chambers. But I suppose at least this time he was up and moving around, rather than falling asleep in his chair.

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