WASHINGTON, D.C., USA — Democrats and Republicans can hardly agree the sky is blue, but the leaders of both parties in the U.S. Senate both signed a letter that outlines strict rules for the upcoming impeachment trial of President Trump.

According to CNN, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sent it to all 98 other Senators, who were told their “cooperation and understanding is appreciated.”

Roll Call reports the guidelines prohibit access to certain parts of the capitol during the trial, and Senators have to enter and exit the Senate chamber through certain doors.

Each Senator will be provided with a specific number of guest passes to limit the number of people in the chamber at any given time.

But, that’s the easy part.

CNN says McConnell and Schumer also released a one-page list of rules that every Senator must follow during the trial. They include:

  • No phones or electronic devices
  • No talking
  • No reading materials unrelated to the trial
  • Questions for the Chief Justice must be relayed in writing
  • And attendance is required at all times

According to the CNN report, the letter did not mention how the rules will be enforced.

APTOPIX Trump Impeachment
Clerk of the House Cheryl Johnson, left, and House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving pass through Statuary Hall at the Capitol to deliver the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Following are impeachment managers, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., left, and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and other managers Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., and Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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