Senators attending President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial may be breaking rules on electronics because many people on the ground are seen wearing the Apple Watch on their wrists rather than removing it before heading to a conference hall where such devices are usually prohibited. In accordance with the rules of procedure, senators are not allowed to use telephoneor or other communications equipment during the impeachment trial.
Official guidelines prompt attendees to place electronic devices in storage containers and cloakrooms provided by the Senate floor to prevent communications with outside personnel during the discussion.
But at least eight senators put the Apple Watch on their wrists when they entered the chamber Tuesday, according to Roll Call. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and six Republican senators and at least two Democratic senators also wore the device.
Sens. John Barrasso (R-WY), Michael Bennett (D-CO), John Cornyn (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), Jerry Moran (R-KS),Patty Murray (D-WA), Tim Scott (R-SC) and John Thune (R-SD) wear devices that are theoretically prohibited. While Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) does own the Apple Watch, it’s unclear whether he wore it during the impeachment debate.
Because the Apple Watch communicates with the iPhone, or has its own cellular connection capability, the device is able to communicate externally, making it a disabled device.