US senators transfixed by riot footage shown at Trump trial

Washington (AFP) – With footage of a pro-Trump mob storming the US Capitol playing out in their chamber, US senators sat transfixed before the shocking images that dominated the start of the former president’s impeachment trial. Despite the sergeant at arm’s command that all 100 senators remain silent “on pain of imprisonment,” an informal, detached mood descended Tuesday on the Senate’s Republican side, where many lawmakers have said they oppose holding the unprecedented second trial of Donald Trump. Chitter-chatter swirled. Marco Rubio flipped non-committally through a thick book. A sockless…

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