Report: Republican Senator Slept Through Part Of Yesterday’s Impeachment Trial

Darren.Woon

Idaho's Sen. Jim Risch was caught sleeping during the first day of President Trump's impeachment trial.

U.S. Sen. Jim Risch of Idaho was caught snoozing during the first day of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate, according to the Idaho Statesman.

Shortly after 5:30 p.m., The Washington Post reported that Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Risch “could be seen from the press gallery motionless.”

Sen. Risch’s nap lasted about 15 minutes, about four hours after the proceedings began. 

Media cameras are not allowed in the Senate chamber during the trial, but Art Lien, a courtroom sketch artist, put his talent to work and captured the moment. 

“When Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) cued up video of testimony from U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, Risch briefly perked up, but quickly closed his eyes again,” the Post noted. 

Risch and the other three members of Idaho’s congressional delegation have remained steadfast in support of the president throughout the impeachment process.

“The transcript of and whistleblower report related to President Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Zelensky were not compelling to me, after reviewing both,” Risch said after the public release of the whistleblower complaint in September that accused Trump of abusing the power of his office for political gain in the 2020 election. 

“We heard all kinds of allegations of arm-twisting and bullying, and it’s just not there,” Risch said in September. “I know evidence when I see it, and the Democrats are going to need more than this if they want to build an impeachment case. But, don’t take my word for it -- every American should read the report, which is easily understood, and make up his or her own mind.”

The trial will continue Wednesday. 

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