While the House impeachment managers make their presentation, most senators were paying attention, either taking notes or listening politely. Some didn’t seem to be too interested in the proceedings.
Sen. Rand Paul, who is not wearing a mask, was doodling squiggly lines on a white pad of paper. Next to him, his friend, Utah Sen. Mike Lee, was taking extensive notes, writing furiously as Democrats were making their arguments.
Everyone is wearing a mask, other than Paul. Sen. Cynthia Lummis pulled her mask down for an extended period of time as well.
Lee has a book titled “Senate procedure” on his desk, while Sen. Rick Scott has a book entitled “Vicksburg.” Sen. Mike Braun was sitting in the back of the chamber reading The Hill newspaper, with a copy of Roll Call also at his desk. Sen. Josh Hawley was reading some documents.
Many senators are taking notes, including Sens. Rob Portman, Susan Collins and Tammy Baldwin. And virtually all senators are in their seats. Here or there, a senator may slip into their respective cloak rooms and then return to their desks after a few minutes.
The upstairs galleries, usually filled with guests, are totally empty, except for a handful of doorkeepers seated. Rep. Al Green is also in attendance in the upstairs gallery.