Senators break the rules, wear Apple Watches to President Trump trial

Apple Watch Edition Series 5 with White Ceramic Case and Leather Loop
Apple Watch Edition Series 5 with White Ceramic Case and Leather Loop
The rules of decorum state that senators can’t use phones or electronic devices in the chamber during President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, but what about Apple Watches? At least seven senators were spotted breaking the rules by wearing Apple Watches on their wrists during the trial Tuesday, despite guidelines from Senate leadership that all electronics should be left in the cloakroom.

Katherine Tully-McManus for Roll Call:

Republican Sens. Mike Lee of Utah, John Thune of South Dakota, Jerry Moran of Kansas, John Barrasso of Wyoming, John Cornyn of Texas and Tim Scott of South Carolina all are wearing them on the floor. Also spotted with the smart watch: an aide to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. So, too, is Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington. Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner owns an Apple Watch, but it could not be confirmed if he had it on the floor.

The Supreme Court — the standard bearer for banning electronics from the courtroom — does not allow Apple Watches inside the courtroom.

MacDailyNews Take: Smart Senators all, as who’d leave their Apple Watch in the cloakroom of a den of thieves? That’s a good way to lose your Apple Watch forever! It’d be safer to leave the at Samsung’s “R&D” department.


  1. A note to MDN,

    Perhaps these senators should just leave their smart watches at home rather than have various “news” sites vicariously encouraging them to flout the rules.

    1. Not to mention the POTUS, breaking rules and lying about it incessantly ever since:

      No wonder the guilty party wants to hide documents and witnesses from the electorate. If the truth was completely revealed, the con man would have to face justice under the rule of law. Note how his defence entirely avoids use of law. Just smoke and mirrors: “perfect call” and whatnot. The corruption has to stop.

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