For those few who were that interested the debate involving the many amendments that Chuck Shumer offered for consideration (each allotted 2 hours of debate) took the Senate into Wednesday morning. Schumer lost every one of them as all the voting was along party lines (except for the occasion when Susan Collins broke ranks) with votes of 53-47. Schumer could not pressure moderate Republicans to vote for any one of them and there were many. Allowing for a vote to table the amendment may have saved the day for Senate leader McConnell as moderate Republicans seemed comfortable with a vote to table. I am so proud of them.
As the evening wore on the patience of many had worn thin. Chief Justice Roberts had to issue a warning to Jerry Nadler and the President's lawyers during one exchange: “I think it is appropriate at this point for me to admonish both the House managers and the president's counsel in equal terms to remember that they are addressing the world's greatest deliberative body" and he advised them to “avoid speaking in a manner and using language that is not conducive to civil discourse.” Roberts, himself would be forced to grab a little sleep for he had other duties in the Court on Wednesday morning — just hours after the first day of the trial adjourned at 2 a.m. Then he must return to the Senate later today for opening arguments.
Today the Senate will begin formal arguments as House managers open their case that the president committed high crimes and misdemeanors.