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Few G.O.P. Senators Display Any Hints of Being Swayed by Democrats’ Arguments

The Senate proceedings this week “became mind-numbing after a while,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina.

Multiple Republican senators said they...

Multiple Republican senators said they were offended by Mr. Schiff’s pointed portrayal of the president as a craven politician who would always put himself before the public, which suggested that they, by declining to condemn him, were failing in their duty as well.

Republicans added the Democrat’s comments to their ever-expanding list of reasons to oppose extending the proceedings by demanding budget documents and subpoenaing witnesses such as Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, and John R. Bolton, the former national security adviser.

Many Republicans — after four days of being confined to the Senate chamber with more to come — said they had heard enough, and heard it over and over again as the House Democrats used repetition to hammer home the claim that Mr. Trump’s actions in pushing Ukraine to investigate a political rival while he withheld military aid merited his ouster.

“It became mind-numbing after a while,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina.

While the repetition was exasperating to Republican senators, it may have been beneficial to Democrats. For in arguing their case against the president, Democrats were appealing not only to reluctant Senate Republicans but to an American public still absorbing and processing the accusations against the president. While the Senate verdict could come soon, the public judgment will not be rendered until November.

And while Democrats might not reach their overarching goal of ousting the president before the election, they have had some political success in the trial, notably forcing Senate Republicans to take a series of tough votes at the start of the proceedings.

One thing Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, is always eager to avoid is having his embattled incumbents put on the spot. Through his control of the floor, he is usually able to do so.

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