Well, that's a wrap for us! The Democrats' snooze fest will pick back up at 7pm EST. The media has been critical of senators today who struggled to pay close attention as the impeachment managers repeated themselves endlessly. To make it interesting, Dems should reconsider calling the Bidens in as witnesses.
The Democrat Impeachment Managers should be the last people to lecture anyone on fairness and due process.Nearly ALL of Nancy Pelosi’s impeachment managers supported impeaching President Trump before the whistleblower complaint was even filed. pic.twitter.com/4ptatcdSxC— House Republicans (@HouseGOP) January 23, 2020
ICYMI: Amb. Sondland testified that no one talked to him about any concerns that may have been raised about President Trump's dealings w/ Ukraine.Amb. Sondland's testimony, out of context, is critical for the Democrats' case. In context, it is devastating for their case. pic.twitter.com/xAkxxyveMB— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) January 23, 2020
Senators are getting pretty lax on attendance as the impeachment trial drags on. At one point I counted 14 empty seats on the Republican side and 13 on the Democratic side.— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) January 23, 2020
Adam Schiff is arguing that placing the July phone call on a classified server was improper.Even James Clapper disagrees with this"It’s not improper or illegal to place...a lower classification... file or on a network that has the capacity for a higher classification." pic.twitter.com/4JDofq6W2c— Francis Brennan (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@FrancisBrennan) January 23, 2020
Constitutional Law Professor Jonathan Turley sums up the Democrats' "obstruction of Congress" charge"The House is completely unmoored by history and the law""I think this will go down as one of the greatest historic blunders of a House of Congress"pic.twitter.com/WS47xl1EtI— Elizabeth Harrington (@LizRNC) January 23, 2020
Yovanovitch lied during her testimony about how the Obama administration prepped her to handle questions about the Bidens and Burisma.
One person who probably isn't enjoying this presentation right now? Sen. Mike Braun. This afternoon he described the lead impeachment manager's strategy as such:
"Maybe if you want to bore somebody to death...or if you enjoyed two-hour lectures back in college, maybe that was okay."
Schiff: And why did President Trump's own officials, career public servants report this conduct in realtime? Because they knew it was wrong. Dr. Hill said it was improper and it was inappropriate and we said that in the time, in realtime. Vindman said the call was wrong and he had a duty to report it. Ambassador Taylor said, quote, holding up a security assistance for no good policy reason, no good substantiative reason, no good national security reason is wrong. Mr. Morrison admitted that he reported the call pretty much right away and recommended to them we restrict access to the package. And Ms. Williams said the call struck me as unusual and inappropriate and more political in nature. The consensus is once again clear.
When you've lost CNN:
While Democrats play clips on the Senate floor, here's CNN pointing out a prior comment from Jerry Nadler.Nadler: "There must never be a narrowly voted impeachment ... such an impeachment would lack legitimacy."By Nadler's own admission, this impeachment is illegitimate. pic.twitter.com/kq8xg7nvDM— Chris Martin (@chrisjdmartin) January 23, 2020
The whole endangered national security argument would make more sense if Ukraine never got the funding, or if Obama hadn’t denied this kind of aid to Ukraine for years— Rich Lowry (@RichLowry) January 23, 2020
As Lead Impeachment Manager Adam Schiff brings up Lev Parnas, it's worth noting this week's bombshell story about how he "mischaracterized a text message exchange between two players in the Ukraine saga."Adam Schiff is not to be trusted. https://t.co/0W5C3o6c8Z— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) January 23, 2020