Gravitas: Senators sitting impeachment trial will forgo coffee, cellphones, talking

Gravitas: Senators sitting impeachment trial will forgo coffee, cellphones, talking
Coffee-free zone. ABC News video

[Ed. – Well.  OK, then.  I’d never put faith in any process that allowed coffee and talking.  At least we have a credible representative of the people there in the person of Alyssa Milano.]

Under rules proposed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, arguments could last late into the night, possibly testing the fortitude of Mr. Inhofe, 85, and four other octogenarian members of the chamber.

“Doesn’t bother me a bit,” said Mr. Inhofe, “if I can stay awake!” …

Less controversial was the ban on lawmakers bringing their cellphones and iPads inside the chamber, though some senators did keep on their Apple Watches. The senators, who will act as the jury, were admonished to remain silent during the trial “on pain of imprisonment.” …

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Passing notes is a no-no, too, as are crossword puzzles, snacks or coffee. …

Actress Alyssa Milano sat in the front row of the gallery and appeared to be referencing notes. Former Arizona GOP Sen. Jeff Flake, who often spoke against Mr. Trump’s policies, was in the gallery later in the day, sitting by himself.

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