Senate braces for bitter fight over impeachment rules

TheHill | 1/21/2020 | Staff
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The Senate is barreling toward a bitter, potentially lengthy fight Tuesday over the rules governing President Trump's impeachment trial.

After two days of pomp and bipartisanship last week, the battle over the trial proceedings is now expected to descend into raucous partisanship that threatens to hang over the rest of the trial.

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The rules resolution - unveiled by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday - provides House managers and Trump's legal team the same number of hours to make their opening arguments as in the Clinton proceeding but condenses those hours into fewer days. It also doesn't automatically admit House evidence into the trial.

Democrats immediately castigated the resolution as an attempt to push the debate over impeachment into the early morning hours and out of the public spotlight.

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"Sen. McConnell's resolution is nothing short of a national disgrace," Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a statement Monday.

McConnell has said he has the 51 votes to enact the rules, suggesting all 53 Republicans will support it on the floor on Tuesday.

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"I think phase one is pretty well determined," said Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.).

But Democrats say they will force votes on calling additional witnesses and documents as part of the chamber's debate on the trial rules. The resolution can be amended, giving Democrats an opening to shoehorn in what they view as politically tough votes for GOP senators up for reelection in 2020.

Senator - McConnell - Resolution - Amendments - Flaws

"As soon as Senator McConnell offers this resolution, I will be offering amendments to address the many flaws in this deeply unfair proposal and to subpoena the witnesses and documents we have requested," Schumer said.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said he would leave the timing to Schumer but added that "there's no question that we will raise this issue."

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