Another First for an Impeachment Trial: Meeting During a Pandemic
Outside the chamber, staff at the Capitol brought not only velvet barks, but also clear dots imprinted with footprints to offer reporters a visual guide to keep them away from the senators. Looked carefully
While more than 100 journalists were credited in 2020, this time the numbers are less than half, to ensure that social disturbances can be sustained. A year ago, videos of journalists shuffling like penguins’ herons through the basement of the Senate after uneducated senators went viral – and have been re-shared how standards of personal proximity have changed during the epidemic .
Even as most MPs and some staff advisors now vaccinate to ensure the government’s continuity, nine impeachment managers and their colleagues consider how to ensure that action is taken among those attempting a vaccination Superspreader events are not created.
According to people familiar with the plan, congressional leaders attempted to ensure that everyone who would be on the floor for the test, including staff members, had an opportunity to get it vaccinated before it began. At one point, impeachment managers discussed, like the Senate Chamber, to conduct tests in a larger space than the Capital Visitor Center Auditorium or even the Kennedy Center, to allow participants to differentiate themselves.
Ultimately, according to the Democratic official, the house manager reduced the number of physically ill people on campus during the trial and investigated those coming in and out of separate rooms on the Senate floor. to plan.
Trial rules required senators to sit at their desks for the duration of each day’s arguments and presentations, generally allowing senators to view from a room above the Senate floor or from the visitor gallery. A pair of large television screens were also installed in the balcony to supplement the screen on the Senate floor for MPs and journalists in the gallery.
Republican Senator Josh Hawley, of Missouri, was one of the few lawmakers who later told reporters that he took advantage of the seating area, compared to his seat in the corner of the seating chamber.