Why are Republicans barring the press from the impeachment trial?

During the opening day of oral arguments in the impeachment trial, House impeachment managers spent eight hours on Wednesday presenting their case to the Senate for President Trump’s removal from office. But while Democrats had the floor, Republicans had control of the frame. Republicans, who hold the majority in the Senate, have placed severe restrictions on media access to the Senate during the trial. “It is really unconscionable, the lack of press access that we are having — and that that’s dressed up as a security problem,” says Slate editor Dahlia Lithwick. “It’s not just that the cameras have been removed from the room. It’s that reporters cannot engage in walk-and-talks and do the kinds of things they should be allowed to do.”

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