Under U.S. Senate Rules, during all the hours of the impeachment trial, no food or drink is allowed in the Senate Chamber other than water: and yes, still or sparkling [brought to the Senator by a page], milk, and the sugar rush of candy. Candy is said to have slipped in from many years of tradition, available also at the Clinton impeachment proceedings, with a plentiful supply kept on hand for all. Senators sitting through the late night of motions Tuesday night could stop by Pennsylvania Republican Senator Pat Toomey’s desk, and choose between: Hershey’s bars with almonds, Rolo caramels, Milky Ways, 3 Musketeers, Palmer Peanut Butter Cups, and Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews [all from Pennsylvania candy manufacturers]. Certainly there were no San Francisco makers represented, no Recchiuti, no Dandelion: and nary a banana or energy bar in sight—sadly, no coffee.
To keep an eye and all ears on the proceedings, as a free livestream, take a look at these two sources: and let us know your own favorites:
· And the Senate’s own livestream of Floor activity
For deeper information on the impeachment process itself, multiple guides provide the constitutional structure and break down the process, including : Impeachment Guide
A listing of impeachment documents collected by the House is easily accessed through: https://libguides.scu.edu/c.php?g=980592&p=7091077
And the Constitution itself, with analysis and interpretation, here: https://www.govinfo.gov/app/details/GPO-CONAN-2017
Finally, for a more encompassing view of executive powers and the constitutional check of impeachment, the San Francisco Law Library has deeper resources to ponder: including the Lawrence Tribe & Joshua Matz book, To End a Presidency : The Power of Impeachment and the Cass Sunstein, Impeachment : A Citizen’s Guide
Whatever happens in the end will be history, and history, as they say, has its own view of what we see as the present. In the meantime, we can follow, as we can. Chocolate always helps.