Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) decided the night before the impeachment trial that both sides would do their opening statements in two days each over 24 hours each. That means each day the opening statements will go from 1:00 p.m. EST until 1:00 a.m. EST the following day. If the members take any breaks for lunch, dinner or anything else, it means the proceedings will go well into the early morning hours.
It prompted those online to ask what Republicans have to hide if they’re so sure that President Donald Trump did nothing wrong and thinks he will be acquitted.
It’s an ironic twist, given Republicans just spent the last several months attacking Democrats for having classified depositions behind closed doors before they ultimately released the unclassified transcripts. Now, Republicans are trying to pull exactly what they complained about.
In fact, a new poll was revealed Monday showing that the tide has turned against Trump, with 51 percent of Americans approving Trump being removed from office. In a recent Iowa Caucus poll, things are even worse.
“When Trump isn’t mentioned, 72 percent of voters (including 59 percent of Repubs) said it’s wrong for a presidential candidate to seek foreign help against a rival,” said former Obama administration aide Chris Lu.
Why McConnell wants a late-night trial:
In a recent Iowa poll, when Trump isn't mentioned, 72% of voters (including 59% of Repubs) said it's wrong for a presidential candidate to seek foreign help against a rival
The more voters learn, the worse it is for Trump. #MidnightMitch
— Chris Lu (@ChrisLu44) January 21, 2020
McConnell also announced that none of the evidence in the house trial could be admitted into the Senate trial unless it’s voted it. So, now not only are the Republicans trying to prevent witnesses and hide the trial, but they’re also trying to keep away any evidence.
You can read the rest of the responses from Twitter below:
— Rabbi Jill Zimmerman (@RabbiJill) January 21, 2020
— i read the transcripts, impeach him now (@Msaderhold) January 21, 2020
You seem scared…
— Travis Bone (@TheRealTBone) January 21, 2020
Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein slapped Mitch McConnell w/a dark, new moniker: #MidnightMitch
"We're looking at Midnight Mitch & the so-called world's greatest deliberative body, really embracing a cover-up that is there for all to see.”pic.twitter.com/NHWxmSQODk
— Stephanie Kennedy (@WordswithSteph) January 21, 2020
We want a fair trial, #MidnightMitch. The rules just released are not going to give us that trial. What are you trying to cover up?
— Amy Soccermom (@amcmahon29) January 21, 2020
— Furat A Saleem (@Furattas) January 21, 2020
#MidnightMitch has already admitted he’s working hand-in-hand with Trump on the #impeachment trial & violating his oath to be impartial—but his proposed rules for the trial (holding the trial at 1am??) are yet more evidence that he’s helping the White House perpetrate a cover-up. https://t.co/L2TzAeUuuB
— Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) January 21, 2020
— Kaore (@Kaore) January 21, 2020
#MidnightMitch #MoscowMitch it doesn’t matter what you call @senatemajldr he is complicit in the defrauding and defrocking of our country by the #TrumpCrimeFamily. I can only hope he goes to prison with them. https://t.co/DVMgPCRG4z
— Mark H Cohen (@markhcohen) January 21, 2020
Don’t let #MidnightMitch hide the evidence from the public in nighttime trials! Call you Senators and demand they vote for a change to the rules.
Senate switchboard: (202) 224-3121 https://t.co/6azwdsXF79
— Ashley will caucus for Warren on 2/22/20 🆘 (@NastyWoman1012) January 21, 2020
— (((Charles Young))) (@CharlieYoungEsq) January 21, 2020
These aren’t rules for a real trial at all, much less a fair one. They’re rules for a rigged outcome, with #MidnightMitch making sure that as much of the so-called trial as possible takes place in the dark of night. https://t.co/y8FyHe4u7i
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) January 21, 2020
#MidnightMitch is a trump sycophant and a danger to our democracy. There is zero chance of a fair trial. How does anyone abandon their honor, principal, and patriotism for someone like trump? Only the feckless GOP knows the answer. https://t.co/lVX3meP7CC
— SDC (@topcat1257) January 21, 2020
The general public of the United States of America should have the right to hear any and all evidence and see any and all documents to make an honest and fair decision regarding the continuance or the removal of our President.
— NE1ButtHim (@Ne1Him) January 21, 2020
— The_Hup (@TheHup1) January 21, 2020
what happen to a real trail???? #MidnightMitch
— Barbara (@tinyhop01) January 21, 2020
— Steve Lawler (@sjlawler9) January 21, 2020