Senators Ted Cruz and Tom Cotton appear to have broken the no phone rule as senators struggle without their devices

Business Insider | 1/21/2020 | Rosie Perper
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US senators had a hard time following the strict no-phone policy while listening in on 12-hour days of arguments during the impeachment trial.

The Senate prohibits members from bringing cell phones into the chamber. But Sens. Ted Cruz and Tom Cotton were both caught with their phones on Wednesday.

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Other senators, including Amy Klobuchar and Patrick Leahy, managed to stick to the rules but appeared to struggle greatly.

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US senators had a hard time following the strict no-phone policy while listening in on 12-hour days of arguments during the impeachment trial.

The Senate prohibits members from bringing cell phones into the chamber. There's even a storage unit next to the entrance for senators to put their devices into.

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But that didn't stop Sen. Ted Cruz from defying the ban.

On Tuesday during the first day of the trial, Cruz' account tweeted during the proceedings. CNN political analyst Joe Lockheart went on Twitter to rant about the apparent violation.

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"Senators on the floor are sworn to silence and have no electronic devices," Lockheart wrote. "So how is this Senator tweeting? Did he sneak a phone in. Is he willing to go to prison? Or is the tweet from someone other than Cruz."

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