Trump attorney slams House Democrats' handling of impeachment | Trump impeachment trial

It has been more than a month since the House voted to impeach Donald Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, and the matter is finally advancing to a Senate debate over the rules of a trial to determine whether he should be removed from office.

With a 53-47 majority, Republicans are expected to ultimately get their preferred rules package.

"This is a historic moment", Schumer said in the televised presser.

As the trial gets fully under way, here's what you need to know in fewer than 600 words. They will get the chance to do so today at 1pm ET, when the trial will pick up again and the Senate will get the chance to debate the resolution. That means the debate could go well into the night. But expect the resolution to ultimately pass along party lines.

First, the sides must agree on the rules that will govern the trial. But that is unlikely this time. Right now, the rules package puts off the question of witnesses until after opening arguments. That has angered Democrats, who will likely propose amendments on Tuesday that would call witnesses or evidence.

The House Intelligence Committee chairman aid it would only be OK for Trump's legal team to call witnesses who can 'provide material information on the charges'.

At the time of the call, the Trump administration was withholding almost $400m in military assistance to Ukraine.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi launched the impeachment inquiry into Trump in September.

When will oral arguments begin?

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Oral arguments are expected to begin on Wednesday - that's if the Senate adopts the rules resolution on Tuesday. Trump's legal team says there is no evidence he conditioned the aid on getting that help.


Is it Day 1 or 2 of the trial?

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Technically, Tuesday marks the second day of the trial. It officially opened last Thursday when Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts swore in the senators as jurors.

During his remarks, Schiff was joined at the podium by fellow impeachment managers Jerry Nadler, who chairs the Judiciary Committee, and Reps.

House managers act as prosecutors.

Trump's Marine One helicopter touched down in the picturesque Swiss ski resort shortly ahead of his scheduled speech to the World Economic Forum, which this year is focusing on climate change.

In this file photo taken on February 12, 1999 the US Senate votes in its trial against impeached former US President Bill Clinton on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

The Republicans have previously floated the idea of having Joe Bien and his son Hunter, who are also at the centre of the scandal, testify in the Senate.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has been at the core of a political storm in USA politics since the release of a whistleblower's complaint suggesting Trump, at the expense of US foreign policy, pressured Ukraine to investigate Trump's rival, Joe Biden, and Biden's son, Hunter.

Attorneys Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr will present opening statements for the president's defense, and are prepared to argue that the two articles are not actually impeachable offenses, according to the Constitution's detailing of high crimes and misdemeanors.

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