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World Photos show Republican senators passing the time at Trump's lengthy impeachment trial by playing with fidget spinners

19:40  24 january  2020
19:40  24 january  2020 Source:   businessinsider.com.au

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a group of people in a room: Lead House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff at President Donald Trump's impeachment trial at the Senate on Thursday. Lead House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff at President Donald Trump's impeachment trial at the Senate on Thursday.

    President Donald Trump's Thursday impeachment hearings took a trip down memory lane to 2017 as multiple restless Republican senators were spotted playing with fidget spinners.

    Soon after House impeachment manager Jerry Nadler began his opening statements, Sen. Richard Burr started flicking a blue fidget spinner.

    A fidget spinner is a rotating device set on ball bearings, which spins for a long period of time once flicked. It was designed for restless kids, and even adults.

    a close up of a hand holding a camera: A green fidget spinner, a tool to help focus the minds of restless children, and adults. A green fidget spinner, a tool to help focus the minds of restless children, and adults.

    New York Times reporter Catie Edmonson tweeted this rendering of Burr at the hearing by a Times sketch artist on Thursday. You can see the fidget spinner on his desk.

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    Sen. Mike Rounds also got in on the action. This image was shared to Twitter by USA Today politics reporter Nicholas Wu on Thursday.

    "They do last for quite a while," Rounds said of the toy, according to Wu. "Not that it might outlast some of the dissertation we have in there, but it might make the time go a little quicker."

    Sens. Tom Cotton and Pat Toomey were seen with fidget spinners on their desks, too. Cotton's was purple and Toomey's was white.

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    Burr had distributed all these spinners on Thursday morning,NBC News reported.

    Richard Burr wearing a suit and tie: Sen. Richard Burr displays a stress ball as he walks to the Senate Chamber prior Trump's impeachment trial at the Capitol on January 23, 2020. Sen. Richard Burr displays a stress ball as he walks to the Senate Chamber prior Trump's impeachment trial at the Capitol on January 23, 2020.

    Other Republican senators chose to pass the time with other distractions.

    Sen. Marsha Blackburn, was spotted reading a book, according to NPR, while NBC News reported that Sen. Rand Paul "appeared to be drawing or tracing a sketch of the US Capitol."

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