Ground Senate, what are those benches on the side of the mahogany desk?
Why are people sitting there? Why are they not turned to the bench? Are these people interns or something?
I think they are for the pages of the Senate (the young working paper Shuttle and such a person to another). They face away because the pages should not be in any way involved in the process beyond their specified duties.
Mahogany Carved Desk Chair Sidechair SC31