The U.S. Senate impeachment trial of President Trump will officially begin on January 21, local time,media reported. But don’t expect a senator to take to Twitter to “Trump” because they’ll have to put their phones on the door. Similarly, tablets and laptops can’t be brought in. According to an official “courtesy guide” obtained by CNN on impeaching Trump, participants are not allowed to bring electronic devices inside the event.
They will be stored in cloakrooms outside the venue.
“I just saw a cupboard in the cloakroom and we’re going to be asked to hand over our iPads and iPhones,” said Republican Senator John Cornyn. “
Does this mean that Trump will lose his cell phone and the ability to tweet? It’s unclear, because most of the rules appear to be specific to senators.
Senator Lisa Murkowski seemed pleased with the arrangement: “It’s important to focus, and I’m glad we can put these devices down.” I’m glad we’re going to sit in a chair, I’m glad we’re going to focus on what’s in front of us. I think it’s important, it’s an old beauty, and I think we should stick to it. “
But not all lawmakers agree with the rule, including some Republicans.