CNN, MSNBC Recommend Republicans Are Not within the Chamber for Trial

Throughout breaks within the trial motion taking place on the ground of the Senate Wednesday, Democratic senators would make their solution to their buddies within the liberal media to get some softball questions served their approach. A standard narrative CNN and MSNBC have been attempting to get the senators to comply with was a conspiracy concept that prompt Republicans weren’t taking the trial critically, with lots of them not even current within the chamber. Sadly for the media, issues didn’t go the way in which they have been anticipating.

Amid a reprieve in the course of the three:00 p.m. hour, Minnesota senator and presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar (D) was talking to CNN’s chief political correspondent Dana Bash and was requested about Republican attentiveness. “Do you’ve got a way that they’re listening, significantly, you recognize, these Republicans who’re doubtlessly persuadable, perhaps not on, you recognize, on convicting him however on witnesses,” Bash questioned. The Senator mentioned she felt like average Republicans have been listening.

A short while later, Bash made one other try to get the reply she was in search of. “There is a report that there are loads of empty seats, significantly on the Republican aspect. You have been sitting there. You have been watching, have there been empty seats,” she requested.

CNN host Jake Tapper posed the same query to New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez (D) simply over three hours later:

JAKE TAPPER: Senator Menendez, it is Jake Tapper. Let me ask you talking of your Republican colleagues, the Senate as you recognize has taken away the flexibility of C-SPAN to air what is going on on within the room aside from what the Senate cameras are displaying within the Home impeachment supervisor’s presentation. If you look across the room, are your Republican colleagues and Democrat colleagues listening? Are they focusing? Are they attempting to soak up what’s being offered to them?

Erin Burnett, the host of CNN’s OutFront, was a bit slyer when querying Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) about who was paying consideration and staying within the room:

ERIN BURNETT: Earlier than you go, there’s varied studies from a few of the press who’re within the there that a few of the chairs are empty, individuals are in need of within the again speaking or consuming. My query to you is, is everybody in that room paying consideration? I imply, it is comprehensible individuals could wish to stand up and getting some to drink or one thing like that. However do you are feeling that individuals are taking this with the sincerity and the seriousness that it deserves?

 

 

Then, within the 10:00 p.m. hour on MSNBC, host Chris Hayes pestered Senate Minority Chief Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on the identical matter. “There’s reporters within the gallery and there is sketch artists, however a notable variety of senators not of their seats for lengthy stretches has been reported. And I simply surprise for those who really feel the physique resides up-to-the-minute on either side of the aisle, that there is a stage of attentiveness and seriousness that you simply’d wish to see,” he mentioned.

However their questions backfired. “To defend them and our aspect, I did not see that,” Klobuchar informed Bash the second time. “Everybody’s been coming again, and for essentially the most half, it’s like 95 p.c stuffed at anyone time. So I simply did not see that.”

“I do assume that almost all of my colleagues are doing that,” Hirono said earlier than suggesting what they have been listening to was paining Republicans.

Schumer presumably had the strongest response, declaring “no” earlier than Hayes was in a position to end the query. “I’ve not often seen greater than ten members out of their seats at a given time. And we have had all members there for more often than not,” he added. “So no, I simply the room is a really, very optimistic factor.”

In distinction together with his colleagues, Menendez took the chance Tapper gave him to assert, with out proof, “there are a good quantity of individuals on the opposite aspect who appear to stand up and I assume have had sufficient and do not wish to hearken to the remainder of the testimony.”

In the meantime, there was contradictory reporting that mentioned there have been loads of Democrats not paying consideration and leaving early. In line with an Related Press report, “Inside the first hour, Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia could possibly be seen at his desk within the again row, leaning on his proper arm with a hand overlaying his eyes.” (On a aspect observe, the AP didn’t determine Democrats by their social gathering however did for Republicans.)

Paul Kane of The Washington Submit reported on Twitter that California Democrat Dianne Feinstein had fled the Senate chamber at eight:45 p.m. when there was nonetheless virtually an hour left within the evening’s proceedings.

The transcripts are under, click on “increase” to learn:

CNN Senate Impeachment Trial
January 22, 2020
three:41:55 p.m. Japanese

(…)

DANA BASH: Do you’ve got a way — I do know you’ve got loads of relationships throughout social gathering traces. Do you’ve got a way that they’re listening, significantly, you recognize, these Republicans who’re doubtlessly persuadable, perhaps not on, you recognize, on convicting him however on witnesses?

SEN. AMY KLOBUCHAR (D-MS): I hope so. I actually Senator Romney has mentioned he needs to listen to from John Bolton.

BASH: Something you possibly can inform us about quiet conversations you’re having?

KLOBUCHAR: No.

BASH: Though you’re not speculated to be speaking, we all know you’re speaking on the ground. [Laughter]

KLOBUCHAR: Individuals discuss off the ground, too, and various them have mentioned that they’re open to witnesses, not lots of them. And I simply hope they do it.

(…)

three:43:56 p.m. Japanese

BASH: I simply must ask you about what is going on on contained in the chamber, as a result of the cameras cannot see the senators. There is a report that there are loads of empty seats, significantly on the Republican aspect. You have been sitting there. You have been watching, have there been empty seats?

KLOBUCHAR: To defend them and our aspect, I did not see that. I believe it was a two and a half hour opening very effectively performed, so that you see individuals depart to go to the restroom, individuals perhaps depart to drink a cup of espresso or one thing like that, and they also come again. Everybody’s been coming again, and for essentially the most half it’s like 95 p.c stuffed at anyone time. So I simply did not see that.

BASH: Okay.

(…)

6:52:34 p.m. Japanese

JAKE TAPPER: Senator Menendez, it is Jake Tapper. Let me ask you talking of your Republican colleagues, the Senate as you recognize has taken away the flexibility of C-SPAN to air what is going on on within the room aside from what the Senate cameras are displaying within the Home impeachment supervisor’s presentation. If you look across the room, are your Republican colleagues and Democrat colleagues listening? Are they focusing? Are they attempting to soak up what’s being offered to them?

SEN BOB MENENDEZ (D-NJ): I inform you, I’ll say that for essentially the most half, the reply is sure. At the very least they seem like listening. I imply, we do have a sequence of our colleagues, significantly on the opposite aspect of the aisle who appear to stand up fairly a bit and infrequently depart the chamber for prolonged intervals of time. I believe it isn’t an incredible consolation to take a seat there limitless hours. However on the finish of the day, I wish to hear all of the testimony and I am unable to do this if I am not within the chamber.

So, I believe for essentially the most half the reply is true on either side, however there are a good quantity of individuals on the opposite aspect who appear to stand up and I assume have had sufficient and do not wish to hearken to the remainder of the testimony.

(…)

7:04:50 p.m. Japanese

ERIN BURNETT: Earlier than you go, there’s varied studies from a few of the press who’re within the there that a few of the chairs are empty, individuals are in need of within the again speaking or consuming. My query to you is, is everybody in that room paying consideration? I imply, it is comprehensible individuals could wish to stand up and getting some to drink or one thing like that. However do you are feeling that individuals are taking this with the sincerity and the seriousness that it deserves?

SEN. MAZIE HIRONO (D-HI): I actually am. And I am taking notes. And I’d assume that — I do assume that almost all of my colleagues are doing that. However I additionally assume that for the Republicans to listen to what the President did might be a really painful expertise for them. It is not painful for me or for us as a result of we all know what the President did. And we have been attempting to focus the nation and everybody else together with my Republican colleagues on what he did. However clearly final evening they have been impervious to any requires a good trial and never only a quick trial to guard the mendacity President.

(…)

 

MSNBC Senate Impeachment Trial
January 22, 2020
10:09:40 p.m. Japanese

CHRIS HAYES: I needed to ask concerning the room. We have been discussing earlier than clearly we do not have a digicam or eyes on it. There’s reporters within the gallery and there is sketch artists, however a notable variety of senators not of their seats for lengthy stretches has been reported. And I simply surprise —

SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): No.

HAYES: — for those who really feel the physique resides up-to-the-minute on either side of the aisle, that there is a stage of attentiveness and seriousness that you simply’d wish to see.

SCHUMER: Effectively, you recognize, I’ve not often seen greater than ten members out of their seats at a given time. And we have had all members there for more often than not. The attentiveness that almost all impresses me is the one I discussed earlier than, or that may have the best impression, that loads of our Republican colleagues who’ve by no means heard the entire story, have by no means heard a story and have gotten a lot of their information from Fox Information, which is so intentionally biased and leaves out a lot of the main details, is de facto indicative. So no, I simply the room is a really, very optimistic factor.

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