Republican senators appear more attentive during presentations of Trump’s attorneys
By John Wagner and Seung Min Kim
Republican senators, many of whom did not appear to be paying close attention to long stretches of the presentation of the House managers, were more attentive Friday as former president Donald Trump’s attorneys began their defense of the former president.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who doodled during parts of the House presentation, appeared particularly engaged. He chuckled as footage was played showing Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) challenging previous electoral-college results — an attempt by Trump’s team to minimize his actions.
Others took copious notes and whispered among themselves.
Some Democrats, meanwhile, could be seen shaking their heads in apparent disbelief as videos played featuring some of them urging supports to “fight.”
As Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) was featured at length in a video, she sat fidgeting with her pen and later started nodding.
When an ad featuring Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) aired as part of the defense presentation, several Democrats could be heard laughing. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) appeared to giggle as she was shown urging a “fight.”
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