Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., shed no light on how the proceedings will follow - and differ from - the precedent of President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial in 1999. Some Republicans, including the president, have repeatedly demanded that Biden, his son and the still-anonymous whistle blower whose complaint set the inquiry in motion be called to testify if any of Trump's top aides are summoned.
It was the first time Mr Trump formally responded to the two articles of impeachment that the Democratic-led House approved late a year ago.
'Twenty-four hours of presentation by the House managers over two days, then 24 hours of presentation by the president's team over two days and then 16 hours of questions submitted by the members in writing to the chief justice, ' Perdue, a senator from Georgia, said in an interview with NBC News Sunday morning.
President Donald Trump's lawyers on Sunday anticipated impeachment with the questionable allegation that the allegations against him were invalid and took a position that the Democrats rejected as "nonsense" because both sides tightened their arguments for legal proceedings.
Signed by White House counsel Pat Cipollone and by Jay Sekulow, a personal lawyer to Trump, it also charged the Democrats with "a brazen and unlawful attempt to overturn the results of the 2016 election and interfere with the 2020 election, now just months away".
Trump was impeached by the House last month on charges of abuse of power and obstructing Congress over his scheme to pressure Ukraine for political favors - including the announcement of a probe into Joe Biden, a possible 2020 election opponent.
"The framers didn't want to have that kind of criteria in our constitution because it weaponises impeachment".
Donald Trump's team announced over the weekend that attorneys Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr will argue that the two articles - abuse of power and obstruction of Congress - are not impeachable offenses, according to the Constitution. "Evidence would be documents and witnesses", Durbin said.
While the Republican-controlled Senate is highly unlikely to remove Trump from office, it is important for the Republican president to diminish the Democratic accusations as a partisan witch-hunt. If McConnell's resolution on initial trial rules is adopted, as expected, senators would likely vote some time after the trial has started on whether to introduce witness testimony sought by the Democrats. "He could withhold execution of sanctions on Russian Federation for interfering in the last election to induce or coerce Russian Federation to interfere in the next one", Schiff, one of the impeachment managers who will make the case against Trump, said on "This Week". On Sunday, Schiff called their claims "absurdist".
"The subpoenas that I have issued thats gone through the lower courts are now going to be heard at the Supreme Court in March", Waters said on MSNBC. "But I still think we should wait and see what comes out in the trial itself".
'He's afraid of what the American people might hear, ' Schumer said of his Republican counterpart.
"@realDonaldTrump was impeached because he did the exact opposite - he put his own interests ahead of our country's national security and, in the process, broke federal law", Schlossberg said.
Meanwhile, Democrats are pushing for witnesses and documents that were not part of the parliamentary process.
This led to the formal impeachment vote, held on December 18.
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