Joke? Schiff Says Senators Must Stay In Chamber Or Go To Prison

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) kicked off the impeachment hearings on Thursday, trying to create a moment of levity by floating the possibility of lawmakers being put in prison.

“I also want again take this opportunity to thank the senators for their long and considerable attention over the course of the last two days,” he began.

Adam Schiff acknowledged that it was a “rare and extraordinary” opportunity for House members to address Senators on the Senate floor without speaking themselves.

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“Of course it doesn’t hurt that the morning starts out every day with a Sergeant at Arms warning you that if you don’t, you will be in prison,” he added.

The Senate sergeant-at-arms begins each day of the trial warning Senators that they face “pain of imprisonment” if they disrupt the hearing.

“It is our hope that when the trial concludes and you’ve heard us and the president’s counsel over a series of long days, that you don’t choose imprisonment instead of anything further,” Schiff continued.

Adam Schiff’s joke drew some mild chuckles from the Senate gallery, but it did not amuse Republican members of Congress.

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