Sen. Mike Lee decries impeachment managers’ ‘theatrics’ as Trump trial opens

This article originally appeared in the Deseret News. Read it in its entirety here.

SALT LAKE CITY — Sen. Mike Lee complained about House Democrats’ “theatrics” as opening arguments began Wednesday in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump

“They’re behaving a bit as a teenager might when they’re losing in the game of Monopoly badly and rather than suffer the indignity of defeat, simply stand up and knock the board with all the game pieces and watch as the shoe and the wheelbarrow fall to the ground,” the Utah Republican said. “That’s what’s going on here and it’s shameful.”

Lee told KSL Newsradio that he expects more “theatrics” from House impeachment managers, adding Chief Justice John Roberts on Tuesday admonished Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Rep Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., for accusing Trump’s defense team and senators of acting in bad faith.

Meantime, two Utah progressive groups and Republican Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes weighed in Wednesday on opposite sides of the trial.

The Alliance for a Better Utah and Salt Lake Indivisible continued to advocate for a full and fair trial, including pertinent evidence and calling witnesses such as former national security adviser John Bolton. Fiona Hill, the National Security Council’s former senior director for Europe and Russia, told a congressional committee that Bolton wanted no part of the White House’s “drug deal” to pressure Ukraine into investigating Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

This article originally appeared in the Deseret News. Read it in its entirety here.

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