Mitch McConnell releases proposed rules for Senate impeachment trial

Marco Green
January 22, 2020

Although Trump's Republican party holds a majority in the Senate and is nearly sure to acquit him on charges of abusing his power and obstructing Congress, the impeachment adds volatility to an already tense 2020 presidential election.

US President Donald Trump arrived in Davos on Tuesday for the annual WEF forum, where he was to give a keynote speech just hours before his impeachment trial kicks into high gear in Washington. In the 1999 impeachment trial of then-President Bill Clinton, House Republicans arguing the case against the Democratic president were given three days.

Soon after the majority leader released his proposed ground rules, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) released a statement slamming McConnell's resolution Monday night, calling it a "deeply unfair proposal" and promising to offer amendments to the measure.

Senators are expected to vote on the proposed rules Tuesday afternoon.

A vote on whether or not to call witnesses will come after the senators submit the questions.

The resolution also says the House impeachment managers will not be able to enter evidence into the trial until after the opening arguments.

That likely means debate over whether to allow witnesses in the trial and to subpoena the White House for documents would take place next Wednesday. If McConnell is able to prevent 51 senators from voting in favor of witnesses, the trial could be done by the end of next week.

A trial with no evidence-no existing record, no witnesses, no documents-isn't a trial at all.

"House Democrats were determined from the outset to find some way - any way - to corrupt the extraordinary power of impeachment for use as a political tool to overturn the result of the 2016 election and to interfere in the 2020 election", Trump's brief said. "Trump.pdf">the brief filed by Trump's lawyers on Monday amounted to little more than a "110-page tweet".

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