Most senators have been attentive in the first hour of today's proceedings. Many of the members are taking notes and watching the video clips played by the Democrats.
Sen. Susan Collins picked up her pen to write down something after House manager Jerry Nadler argued the White House defense team is “completely wrong” in arguing that an impeachable offense must be a statutory one.
But there are exceptions. Around 1:45 p.m. ET, Sen. Rand Paul turned to glance at a clip of attorney Noah Feldman — who testified in the House during the impeachment investigation — before returning to his drawing of the Capitol.
And when Rep. Nadler cued up a Lindsey Graham clip, Sen. John Barrasso affectionately patted the arm of Graham’s chair. By then, Graham had already left the floor for the cloakroom. Graham came back to the floor around 1:58 p.m. Sen. Ben Sasse whispered something to him on his way in and Graham smiled.