This handy flash card gives senators phrases they can use to brush off journalists

Kathryn Krawczyk

A simple "no" is apparently not enough.

As the impeachment process begins in the Senate, lawmakers are subject to a strict mandate to avoid talking as the trial proceeds, and journalists are also facing an unprecedented crackdown on their access to senators for comment. But someone has apparently taken those two facts to an extreme, compiling a flash card for senators suggesting phrases they can use to get journalists off their backs, CBS News reports.



Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) later criticized the card as "ridiculous," and made her own list of requests for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and the Republican majority.



It's unclear where exactly the cards came from, but one thing is for sure: Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) didn't take their advice.

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