Reporters keep catching senators sneaking snacks into the chamber, breaking the impeachment trial rules

Business Insider | 1/22/2020 | Lauren Frias
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US senators are breaking impeachment trial rules by sneaking in forbidden food and snacks into the Senate Chamber, according to reporters.

According to the rules, no food or drink are allowed except for still or sparkling water.

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Two precedents set in the 1960s permit senators to request milk and eat candy so long as it is retrieved from the so-called "candy desk."

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Senators are breaking impeachment trial rules by eating forbidden snacks, according to reporters in the Senate Chamber.

According to the impeachment rules, no food or drink are allowed in the Chamber except for still or sparkling water and/or milk. However, the rules weren't enough to stop senators from sneaking in snacks into the Chamber to sustain themselves during the 12-hour days of arguments.

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Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska reportedly snuck in a bag of beef jerky to his desk, according to Roll Call. The publication also reported seeing Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand a Democrat from New York bringing in a grocery bag with unknown contents.

Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana was munching on a candy bar at his desk, and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont pulled out a box of mints from his pocket and tried to sneakily open it with his keys, muffling the jangle, Roll Call reported.

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A precedent set in 1965 allowed US senators to eat candy in the...
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