The way Senate Republicans are acting during Trump's impeachment proceedings would likely lead to juror removal in any other trial
- Some senators' behavior during Trump's
impeachment trialwould have them removed from a regular jury trial.
- A handful of Republican senators didn't appear to pay attention to arguments on Wednesday.
- A judge can remove jurors for not paying attention, being absent, or falling asleep.
US senators are jurors in former President
As the House impeachment managers presented their argument on Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul doodled, Sen. Josh Hawley put his feet up while reading briefs in the gallery, Sen. Mike Braun appeared to struggle to stay awake, Sen. Rick Scott appeared to study a map of Southeast Asia, and Paul and Sen. Cynthia Lymmis refused to wear face masks, according to reporters in the room. Several Republican senators were late to the proceedings, left for extended periods of time, or chatted with each other during the arguments.In US criminal proceedings, jurors may be removed by the judge if they fall asleep, don't pay attention, or are late or absent.
A slew of Republican senators paid close attention and took copious notes during the first two days of the impeachment trial. But others disparaged the process."I gotta listen to this crap," Sen. Lindsey Graham, a close Trump ally, joked on Sean Hannity's Fox
Senators on both sides have appeared to violate the oath they took to "do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws." But there is no way to remove a
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