Senators show signs of fatigue on third day of Trump trial

Senators on both sides of the aisle were showing signs of fatigue as former President TrumpDonald TrumpGaetz was denied meeting with Trump: CNN Federal Reserve chair: Economy would have been 'so much worse' without COVID-19 relief bills Police in California city declare unlawful assembly amid 'white lives matter' protest MORE’s impeachment trial stretched into its third day.

At least 18 GOP senators were missing from their seats during the second hour of arguments. Even some Democrats appeared to be getting weary.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden's policies are playing into Trump's hands Hillicon Valley: Amazon wins union election — says 'our employees made the choice' On The Money: Biden .5T budget proposes major hike in social programs | GOP bashes border, policing provisions MORE (I-Vt.), 79, was spotted slumping over at his desk, not turning his head to watch videos at one point as House impeachment managers continued to make their case about Trump's statements and actions surrounding the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.


Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinBiden to meet Monday with bipartisan lawmakers about infrastructure Biden is thinking about building that wall — and that's a good thing Buttigieg on exaggerated infrastructure jobs estimate: 'I should have been more precise' MORE (D-W.Va.) was at his desk, tapping his shoes and knees together as he propped himself up by his elbows in an armchair.

Sens. Cory BookerCory BookerThe first Southern state legalizes marijuana — what it means nationally Top Democrat calling for expansion of child care support When it comes to the Iran nuclear deal, what's a moderate Democrat to do? MORE (D-N.J.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Gillibrand2024 GOP White House hopefuls lead opposition to Biden Cabinet Manhattan law firm named as lead in Cuomo impeachment investigation Senate Democrats call on DHS for details on response to Portland protests MORE (D-N.Y.) stood at the back of the chamber, leaning against the marble columns to take a break from hours of sitting.

Democratic strategist David AxelrodDavid AxelrodThe George Floyd bill offers justice for Black America White House denies involvement in Senate decision on trial witnesses The Memo: Punish Trump or risk a repeat, warn Democrats MORE warned House managers not to over-argue their case a day after they presented new, harrowing video of the Capitol siege.

“Wondering if the managers would have been smart to quit and simply sum up with the lack of remorse argument after their incredibly tight powerful case yesterday?” he tweeted.

Sen. James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeBiden defense budget criticized by Republicans, progressives alike Sanders expresses 'serious concerns' with Biden's defense increase Senate GOP slams Biden defense budget MORE (R-Okla.), a staunch Trump ally, said the managers’ argument is losing steam the longer it goes on.


“It's just redundance, the same thing over and over again,” he said. “To me, the more you hear it, the less credibility there is in it."

Senators heard four hours of debate over the constitutionality of the trial Tuesday and nearly seven hours of presentations from House managers Wednesday, which featured previously unreleased security camera footage of the Capitol attack.

Senate Majority Whip Dick DurbinDick DurbinLawmakers say fixing border crisis is Biden's job Number of migrants detained at southern border reaches 15-year high: reports Grassley, Cornyn push for Senate border hearing MORE (D-Ill.) predicted at 2:15 p.m. Thursday that the managers would begin wrapping up soon.

Even Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerNY Times beclowns itself by normalizing court-packing 'to balance the conservative majority' The first Southern state legalizes marijuana — what it means nationally H.R. 1/S. 1: Democrats defend their majorities, not honest elections MORE (D-N.Y.), who is known for his energy and focus, showed a lapse in concentration when he asked for the House to stand in a 15-minute recess. Colleagues reminded him in a chorus that he was sitting in the Senate, not the lower chamber.

Two senators, Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurraySchumer kicks into reelection mode Democrats target Trump methane rule with Congressional Review Act Senators eye rollback of Trump methane rule with Congressional Review Act MORE (D-Wash.) and Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoBiden-GOP infrastructure talks off to rocky start Moderate GOP senators and Biden clash at start of infrastructure debate America's infrastructure: You get what you pay for MORE (R-W.Va.), had blankets on their laps to stay warm.


Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineOvernight Defense: Congress looks to rein in Biden's war powers | Diversity chief at Special Operations Command reassigned during probe into social media posts Congress looks to rein in Biden's war powers House panel advances bill to repeal 2002 war authorization MORE (D-Va.) said that repeatedly reliving the violence and chaos on Jan. 6 is draining.

“It’s emotionally more draining than hearing the transcript of a call with a Ukrainian political leader,” he said, comparing it to Trump’s first impeachment trial in 2020.

Senators are hoping to wrap up the trial as soon as Saturday, earlier than initially expected.

Several expressed little desire to hear from new witnesses, something senators will debate after a question-and-answer session that follows the defense portion of the trial. Trump's attorneys are allotted 16 hours to present their counterarguments to House impeachment managers.

His lawyers are not expected to use all 16 hours.

“I think the case has been made. I don’t know what witnesses would add,” said Sen. Angus KingAngus KingGroups petition EPA to remove ethane and methane from list of compounds exempt from emissions limits Lack of cyber funds in Biden infrastructure plan raises eyebrows Five things to watch on Biden infrastructure plan MORE (I-Maine).