Tens of thousands of people marched in Baghdad on Saturday to mourn Iran's military chief Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, killed in a U.S. air strike that has raised wider conflict in the Middle East.
greg h: "That's not true," she said several times from her seat, loudly enough to be overheard from the Senate gallery. Collins said in a subsequent statement that “not only have I never heard the ‘head on the pike’ line, but also I know of no Republican Senator who has been threatened in any way by anyone in the Administration.” Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), also viewed as a potential swing vote, immediately knocked Schiff for his rhetoric, calling it "unnecessary." "That's where he lost me," Murkowski told reporters after the trial wrapped, adding that Schiff "overreached." Schiff continued to reference the CBS News report, despite the audible reaction from Republicans, adding "I don't know if that's true, but when I read that I was struck by the irony, by the irony." But Republicans continued to verbally push back, with Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) overheard saying "no," and Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) overheard adding "that's not true." Amid the verbal pushback, Schiff paused mid-sentence and turned toward the Republican side of the room, adding, "I hope it's not true. I hope it's not true." The slight caveat wasn't enough to quell the Republican furor. Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said the remark was "one of the most remarkable moments." "That is completely totally false, and all of us were shaking our heads 'like where did that story come from' and Adam Schiff just kept saying it," he said. Lankford that "the whole room was visibly upset on our side of it. ...That's insulting and demeaning."