GOP senators upset by Schiff remark, Dems claim ‘diversion’

SCHIFFWASHINGTON (AP) – Lead House prosecutor Adam Schiff had Republicans paying close attention to his carefully crafted remarks in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.

Then he mentioned a CBS News report that a Trump confidant has told wavering Republicans if they voted against the president, they’d have their heads on a “pike.” Republicans were incensed, including key moderates whose votes on the two articles of impeachment aren’t known.

Schiff had the chamber rapt with most of his closing remarks when he said keeping Trump in office would be a wound from which the nation wouldn’t recover.

Democrats dismissed the Republican outrage as an attempt to distract from the facts of the case against the president.