By Emily Goodin, Senior U.s. Political Reporter For Dailymail.com
Published: 00:10 GMT, 15 January 2020 | Updated: 00:14 GMT, 15 January 2020
The Senate has launched an unprecedented crackdown on members of the media covering Donald Trump's impeachment trial, restricting journalists' ability to ask senators about the proceedings.
The new rules will allow senators - who serve as jurors who debate the president's impeachment - to avoid reporters, thereby limiting the public's ability to know what their constitutional representatives are mulling.
The Standing Committee of Correspondents - the elected leadership of the reporters who cover Capitol Hill - wrote a letter to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Democratic Leader Democratic Schumer objected to the proposed measures.
The Senate is putting in restrictions that would limit journalists' ability to question lawmakers as how reporters ask questions to Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the Capitol
Senator Roy Blunt, who chairs the Senate Rules Committee, is working with Capitol Police and the Senate Sergeant at Arms on the restrictions
The restrictions exceed those put in place during the Bill Clinton impeachment trial and are even stricter than security proceedings on Inauguration Day, which is a designated national security event.
Trump's trial is expected to begin next Tuesday.
The proposed restrictions would require reporters – who go through magnetometers when they enter the Capitol building – to go through a second set of mags in order to get into the press viewing area in the Senate chamber, delaying journalists' ability to get inside to report on