Barely six hours into the House managers’ case, many Republican senators have complained they haven’t heard anything new from the prosecution. Several GOP senators have jeered that House Democrats are excessively repetitive in their arguments.
“I’ve seen, heard, nothing new whatsoever,” Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) told reporters Wednesday evening. “What they’re going to do with 24 hours, I’m not sure.”
“I took lots and lots of notes, and then things started to repeat themselves,” Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) added, standing by Scott. Both complained that the House managers were using the same video clips that they had seen on Tuesday, and using the same kinds of phrases to describe Trump’s actions.
But for at least one GOP senator, the careful step-by-step walk-through of the facts has been worthwhile.
“I know the House proceedings were heavily reported. But I think most, if not all, senators are hearing the case by the prosecution and the case by the defense for the first time,” said Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R-La.), stressing that he was learning new things by listening to the arguments. “If you polled the United States Senate, 9 out of 10 senators will tell you that they have not read a transcript of the proceeding in the House. And the 10th senator who says he has is lying.”
Kennedy would not say whether he had heard anything to make him consider voting to convict Trump. He also argued that the senators’ unfamiliarity with the facts of the case was a good reason “the discussion over additional evidence is premature until we hear the case,” a position in keeping with the president’s defense.