Senators are still finding ways to communicate, despite decorum guidelines clearly stating they are not permitted to speak.
Sen. Mark Warner was spotted actually whispering to his neighbor. Sen. Tim Kaine attempted to be more discreet and passed a note via a chamber staffer.
Kaine, sitting with his glasses resting in the middle of his forehead, waved his pointer finger in the air, which brought a staffer in the chamber over to his desk. He handed her a folded piece of paper, she then zig-zagged around the chamber and passed it to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Schumer put on his glasses and appeared to read through the paper; he then handed it to his aide who filed it away in a folder.
On the first 15-minute break in the impeachment trial, some senators appeared to be relaxed, and even playful. Sens. Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, James Risch, Roy Blunt, Lamar Alexander and Lindsey Graham chatted for a good amount of time on the Senate floor, laughing and in good spirits.
At one point, Murkowski playfully pretended to punch Graham in the chest and said, WHACK. Risch cracked up.
Other GOP senators immediately rushed over to shake hands with some of Trumps defense team, including Sen. Richard Shelby and Tom Cotton who went up to attorney Jay Sekulow. Additional members chatted with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and White House counsel Pat Cipollone.
Even though its day one, some senators appear to already be getting restless. Sens. Tim Scott, Ben Sasse, Cotton and Graham were looking all around the room, at some points staring directly into the press gallery. Others remained very focused, like Sens. John Cornyn and John Thune, who kept their eyes directly ahead locked with each presenter.
A dozen or so senators also kept their head down taking notes, like Susan Collins, Cory Gardner, Joni Ernst, Marco Rubio, Chuck Grassley and Chris Coons among others.