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The circus is coming to Washington, D.C. and Senators are not getting any popcorn. Speaker Pelosi’s imperial trooper-like march with impeachment documents last week triggered the Senate impeachment trial and this is what you can expect.
Chief Justice John Roberts will be in the chair, and Senators will have to sit quietly in their seats without cell phones, computers or any other electronic devices as House impeachment managers and the President’s defense team scuffle over the rules of conduct for the trial on Tuesday with the Chief Justice making rulings subject to the agreement of a majority of the Senate. These rules will set the stage for the conduct of the trial, because unlike a normal judicial proceeding, an impeachment trial is conducted under the closed rules agreed upon by a majority of Senators, so don’t expect this to look much like “Law and Order”, “Perry Mason” or any other court based crime show you have watched.
Days - Trial
If all goes as planned, here is what you can expect to happen for the first five days of the trial.
Wednesday and Thursday will feature House managers, led by Representative Adam Schiff, who will present their case to the Senate. No witness will be called, so Schiff will just lay out the case for the two Articles passed by the House. It is likely that he will attempt to bring into evidence witness statements and other things that were not presented or heard in the House, that he feels helps their case as part of this presentation. There will likely be clash between the President’s team and the House over claims that go outside of the scope of the Articles and the Chief Justice and Senate will have to decide whether they will be allowed.
Friday - Saturday - President - Defense
Friday and Saturday will feature the President’s defense, which will be...
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