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Burr is giving senators fidget spinners to stay busy during trial

Impeachment arguments have tested lawmakers ability to sit still for hours at a time

A fidget spinner belonging to Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., is displayed in his Capitol Hill office on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. The toy was one of many that the senator handed out to his colleagues on Thursday ahead of the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. (Graham MacGillivray/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Richard M. Burr is trying to help out his antsy Senate colleagues.

The North Carolina Republican is providing an assortment of fidget spinners and other gizmos to his GOP colleagues at this week’s Thursday lunch.

Senators have been restless in the hours and hours they’re spending at their desks on the Senate floor during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Dozens at a time have been spotted standing behind their desks, pacing in the chamber and even doing quad and neck stretches. 

Each week a different Republican senator hosts the lunch, which is always a favorite event. This week it’s Burr’s turn.

The Tar Heel State Republican is hosting a “Carolina Cookout,” according to a menu obtained by CQ Roll Call. The Intelligence chairman is serving up what looks like a Fourth of July feast.

Hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, coleslaw, sweet potato fries, mixed green salad and potato salad will be offered. And because there’s apparently never enough candy or sweets for an impeachment trial, Burr will also be serving up ice cream sundaes.

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