Two Democrats Joined Republicans With Harsh Message for Schiff During Senate Hearing
According to reporters covering the impeachment proceedings in the Senate, a significant number of Republicans left the chamber during Rep. Adam Schiff's presentation on Wednesday.
“Just counted 21 empty seats on the GOP side of the Senate, 2 on the Dem side, a couple hours into [Adam] 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,” journalist Michael McAuliff said.
Law and Crime pointed out that the number of senators who exited equated to a significant percentage of those who will eventually be voting on impeachment:
"That means more than one-third of 53 Republican senators tasked with deciding the president’s fate all missed the same segment of the historic trial," the publication pointed out. "Among those absent from the action “for a long time” were Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Bill Cassidy (R-La), and Jim Risch (R-Idaho)."