McConnell releases proposed Senate impeachment trial rules

The US impeachment trial process

"We will be able to introduce amendments and we will introduce a whole series of amendments for witnesses, for documents and other ways to straighten out what McConnell has done and make it a real trial", Schumer said.

In the rules resolution, McConnell bowed to the demands of four Republican senators who insisted that there at least be a vote on whether to call witnesses.

McConnell's resolution would give Democratic House impeachment managers - who will act as prosecutors - and Trump's legal team 24 hours each over two days to present their cases. "You just told me you couldn't call a single witness", Levin said as quoted by the Independent. "It is all created to engineer an acquittal as soon as possible".

Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, announced Wednesday that the impeachment trial would commence Tuesday. Trump's legal team argues

"The Senate should speedily reject these deficient articles of impeachment and acquit the president", the lawyers said on the eve of the president's trial.

King said he believes Trump was "fully entitled" to ask Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate the role of former Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, in a Ukrainian gas company - though he "could have done it in a safer way". The second charge is allegedly obstructing Congress in its investigation.

While some social media users roasted Trump over the whole 9/11 angle being brought into the equation, others opted to slam the president's opponents over the impeachment proceedings instead.

The resolution would make in order up to 16 hours combined for senators to ask questions of the two legal teams, which under existing rules for handling impeachments would be asked in writing through Chief Justice John Roberts.

At least 20 of the 53 Senate Republicans would have to join all 47 Democrats to convict Trump, and no Republican has called for his ouster.

The White House is offering a fiery legal response to the articles of impeachment, in an executive summary of a legal brief obtained by NPR. The U.S. ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, provided some of the most damaging testimony before the House Intelligence Committee. That inquiry also heard evidence that Trump suspended $400 million in military aid to Ukraine during the summer as further inducement to get what he desired. "It has no place in our democracy, where even the highest official must answer to Congress and the Constitution", they added.

McConnell is angling for a quick trial and acquittal, and with Republicans holding the Senate majority, the trial proposal is likely to be approved by senators in the president's party. But on Twitter Monday, he seemed averse to hearing testimony from Bolton, whom he ousted in September.

Kupperman also sought guidance from a judge about whether he had to comply with a congressional subpoena or with a White House directive that he not testify. "They were in too much of a rush. Not supposed to be that way!"

Democrats say Trump's conduct is precisely what the country's Founding Fathers had in mind when they created the mechanism to impeach and remove a president from power. Republican lawmakers say the Democrats' case for impeachment amounts to hearsay because it relies mostly on the testimony of mid-level officials who did not deal directly with Trump. "So, what else is new?" Republicans say that is proof Trump did not engage in a quid pro quo - the military aid in exchange for the investigations to help him politically.

What to watch: Whether new evidence uncovered by the House will be blocked from the Senate trial.

The president's team said the impeachment articles are defective as a matter of law.



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