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 (includin… https://t.co/6NT3BgiFsr— Chris Lu (@Chris Lu)1579573968.0
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:
Democracy dies in darkness 🤬#MidnightMitch #MoscowMitch https://t.co/RiBiEWrbf7— Tara Dublin Wishes You A Happy Chanukwanzmas 😷 (@Tara Dublin Wishes You A Happy Chanukwanzmas 😷)1579574041.0
.@senatemajldr this is NOT OK. The American people deserve to hear 1) witnesses & see 2) documents & to not have to… https://t.co/BXVeMosqim— Rabbi Jill Zimmerman (@Rabbi Jill Zimmerman)1579573000.0
Well @senatemajldr you've got #MoscowMitch & #MidnightMitch to trend... Do you know how pathetic you sound and look… https://t.co/SoJhhWDzxZ— Travis Bone (@Travis Bone)1579570681.0
Trial Rules Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein slapped Mitch McConnell w/a dark, new moniker: #MidnightMitch "W… https://t.co/amCgIWIu3m— Stephanie Kennedy (@Stephanie Kennedy)1579571106.0
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 (@Amy Soccermom)1579574791.0
Moreover, what is the senate majority leader covering up? #MidnightMitch https://t.co/FLrbY9qJzD— Furat A Saleem (@Furat A Saleem)1579569288.0
#MidnightMitch has already admitted he’s working hand-in-hand with Trump on the #impeachment trial & violating his… https://t.co/7QxihXSG5D— Tammy Duckworth (@Tammy Duckworth)1579571523.0
I guess the dead of night is the only time Giuliani can move about without catching fire. #MidnightMitch https://t.co/UUknIzD8Yz— Kaore Bonell (@Kaore Bonell)1579570974.0
#MidnightMitch #MoscowMitch it doesn’t matter what you call @senatemajldr he is complicit in the defrauding and def… https://t.co/mdkDmYHoeV— Mark H Cohen (@Mark H Cohen)1579570467.0
What are you hiding? #MidnightMitch @senatemajldr https://t.co/mpHnaekHqa— (((Charles Young))) (@(((Charles Young))))1579575153.0
These aren’t rules for a real trial at all, much less a fair one. They’re rules for a rigged outcome, with… https://t.co/Y8EWoMad6t— Laurence Tribe (@Laurence Tribe)1579572994.0
#MidnightMitch is a trump sycophant and a danger to our democracy. There is zero chance of a fair trial. How does… https://t.co/FjJmS4KaLS— SDC (@SDC)1579575586.0
#MidnightMitch @realDonaldTrump The general public of the United States of America should have the right to hear a… https://t.co/6xeTtUSUub— NE1ButtHim (@NE1ButtHim)1579575577.0
LOVE THIS> #MidnightMitch https://t.co/ouE95FEcwu— The_Hup (@The_Hup)1579575568.0
what happen to a real trail???? #MidnightMitch— Barbara (@Barbara)1579575571.0
#MidnightMitch https://t.co/UyMTlC1doM— Steve Lawler (@Steve Lawler)1579575760.0
#MidnightMitch https://t.co/qee6iWXypL— Chappie the cat 🐱 Voted Biden/Harris (@Chappie the cat 🐱 Voted Biden/Harris)1579575756.0