A simple "no" is apparently not enough.
As the impeachment process begins in the Senate, lawmakers are subject to a strict mandate to avoid talking as the trial proceeds, and journalists are also facing an unprecedented crackdown on their access to senators for comment. But someone has apparently taken those two facts to an extreme, compiling a flash card for senators suggesting phrases they can use to get journalists off their backs, CBS News reports.
— Melissa Quinn (@MelissaQuinn97) January 16, 2020
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) later criticized the card as "ridiculous," and made her own list of requests for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and the Republican majority.
OK this is ridiculous. My list for McConnell & Republicans:
>Please allow witnesses to testify
>Please read GAO ruling that Trump administration broke the law
>Please excuse me, I’m reading the 1st Amendment of the Constitution
>Please take your stranglehold off our democracy https://t.co/e0WPBeGhmJ
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) January 16, 2020
It's unclear where exactly the cards came from, but one thing is for sure: Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) didn't take their advice.