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Marsha Blackburn decided to abandon her duties as a Senate juror to do an interview on Fox News. More from The Chattanooga Times Free Press...
Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee, drew the attention of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's communications director, Justin Goodman, when she did a live television interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham while proceedings apparently were ongoing.
Goodman tweeted a picture of a split television screen shot of Blackburn, apparently speaking from outside the chamber with conservative host Ingraham as Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, one of the House impeachment managers, held forth inside the chamber from a podium.
"It appears Republican Senator Marcia [sic] Blackburn was just caught doing a live interview on Fox News instead of sitting in the Senate chamber," Goodman wrote.
...During Blackburn's Tuesday night appearance on Fox News' Ingraham Angle program, the freshman senator, an ardent supporter and defender of Trump, spoke with the host for nearly four minutes.
"I think we probably go to about 1 o'clock [a.m.], quite frankly," Blackburn said. "And I think it's important that we get through this, that we set the resolution, that we hear from the House managers, then we hear from the president's team. We ask our questions and we decide if we want to move forward with this or if we want to move to a summary judgment and move to acquit the president."
At the time, Democrats were trying to convince the Republican majority to include witnesses on the front end in rules governing how the impeachment trial was to proceed. Democrats made 11 separate motions, all of which ultimately were tabled by Republicans, including Blackburn and Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee.
"I've got to tell you, I think, the House managers should begin to realize we are not going to do their job for them," Blackburn said, later adding, "bear in mind, this is not only about in their minds damaging Donald Trump, but it's about removing him and taking him off the ballot."
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