Senators Spotted Sipping Milk During Impeachment Thanks to Draconian Impeachment Rules

There are things that we don't fully understand about impeachments since we haven't had too many of them in our history.

Since the founding of our country, there have only been three presidents ever impeached and none of them have ever been convicted.

Andrew Johnson was impeached in 1868, Bill Clinton was impeached in 1998, and Donald Trump in 2019.

Some wrongly believe that Richard Nixon was impeached, but he resigned before he was impeached.

Since impeachments aren't an everyday occurrence, the finer points of the rules haven't been looked at in great depth before, which is why you may have noticed something a little odd if you were watching closely.

If you were paying attention, you may have noticed that many Senators were sipping on milk late into the night.

Hence, why a number of Senators were seen sipping milk during the late-into-the-night session on Tuesday.

GOP Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Richard Burr of North Carolina and Tom Cotton of Arkansas have all been spotted downing a glass of the dairy product while on the Senate floor.

“Cruz enjoyed a cool glass at midnight last night,” Sam Cooper, Cruz’s deputy chief of staff, tweeted on Wednesday in response to a tweet about Burr having a glass of milk. “Fun fact: the Senators have to provide their own milk to the Cloakroom (they keep it cold for you tho).”

During an impeachment trial, senators are made to abide by a seemingly-draconian set of rules that, among other things, require them to remain silent and seated the entire time, bars them from using any electronics, and permits them to sip on either water or milk — nothing else.

Actually, as The Washington Post reported, there isn’t a rule that permits them to drink milk, but then there also isn’t a rule that forbids them from drinking it, either.