The senators sat silently as House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff read aloud the articles of impeachment against President Trump.
Members had been instructed that no electronic devices would be permitted in the chamber during the impeachment proceedings and while Republican Sen. Jerry Moran dropped his cell phone at the very beginning just before the House managers walked in, no cell phones were spotted once the presentation of the articles began.
Instead, most senators watched with hands folded in their laps. A few could be seen taking notes including Sens. Bill Cassidy, Bernie Sanders, Tina Smith, Amy Klobuchar, Mark Warner, Rob Portman and Kirsten Gillibrand.
Remember: This is the first moment senators got to see what it will be like to sit without additional reading materials or electronics and the first time they’ve all been forced to sit at their desks without talking for this impeachment proceeding.
Meanwhile, the other House managers stood in the well of the Senate attentively as Schiff read the articles.