Thankfully for America, presidential impeachments have been few and far between.
Only three Presidents have ever actually been impeached: Bill Clinton in the 90’s, Andrew Johnson just a few years after the Civil War, and Donald Trump, just before, (or maybe after), the 2019 holiday break, depending on which constitutional scholars you listen to.
It is a common mistake to believe that Richard Nixon was impeached, however, Tricky Dick resigned before the inevitable could occur.
Given the uniqueness of the process, there hasn’t been a whole lot of need or desire to go over the rules for the process with a fine-toothed comb…some of which are more than a little strange.
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.
Milk was interestingly added to the list of allowed beverage in the 1950’s in order to keep Senators’ ulcers from annoying them.