Senators given fidget spinners during Trump impeachment trial

It was billed as the “trial of the century” before Donald Trump’s impeachment proceedings began in the Senate this week.

But it appears some of the senators who will decide the US president’s fate have needed help to remain focused during the hearings.

Republican senator Richard Burr was spotted handing out fidget spinners to several of his colleagues in the chamber before Thursday’s proceedings got under way, according to NBC News.

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 20: In this photo illustration, a child shows a "Hand Spinner" on May 20, 2017 in Paris, France. The "Hand Spinner" is a toy that sits like a propeller on a person's finger, with blades that spin around a bearing. Since a month the "Hand spinner" or "Fidget spinner", a whirligig from the United States has become a mondial phenomenon to the point of creating stock shortages in toy stores. (Photo Illustration by Chesnot/Getty Images)
Image:Fidget spinners are often promoted as a way to reduce anxiety. File pic

The small toys have been increasingly popular in recent years and are often promoted as a way to reduce anxiety and help users focus.

“I saw somebody grab up a few of them, so they must have some real anxiety going along with this,” said Republican senator Mike Braun.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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