House Democrats face multiple challenges as they prepare to argue for Trump’s removal

MSN | 1/17/2020 | Mike DeBonis
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The House Democrats who will make the case for President Trump’s removal from office face a rapid briefing schedule and uncertain trial rules before squaring off against Trump’s defense team on Tuesday for the first time in their four-month investigation.

The seven impeachment managers face multiple challenges as they take their case out of the confines of the House and into the Republican-controlled Senate. For one, they are facing a skeptical, if not openly hostile, jury in the 53-seat GOP majority that will be able to set the rules of engagement for the trial.

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While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has indicated that he plans to use the 21-day trial of President Bill Clinton in 1999 as a model, he has yet to detail the rules for the Trump trial.

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Those rules will be debated Tuesday — not by senators but by the House managers and the White House defense team in what stands to be a preliminary dispute ahead of a high-stakes period of arguments for and against the first removal of a U.S. president from office in history. Removing Trump requires two-thirds of the Senate.

Though Trump’s team will try to pave the way for a swift acquittal, the Democrats face a more complex task.

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According to House aides working on the impeachment case, the seven managers — led by Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) — are to meet through the long Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend along with dozens of staff members.

They are seeking a conviction, but with all but a handful of Republicans publicly skeptical of Trump’s removal on the basis of the current evidence, they must first as a threshold matter persuade four Republicans to...
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