McConnell softens hard-line tactics on Trump trial

POLITICO | 1/22/2020 | John Bresnahan
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McConnell will eventually impose his will through the 53-seat Republican majority and pass his resolution along party lines. Still, amid sustained criticism from Democrats for appearing to rush the trial, McConnell defended his blueprint for the first time since it was released on Monday evening.

"Finally some fairness. On every point our straightforward resolution will bring the clarity and fairness that everyone deserves. The president of the United States, the House of Representatives and the American people. This is the fair road map for our trial," McConnell said shortly before the trial kicked off for the day.

McConnell - Amendments - Witnesses - Documents - Republicans

McConnell said he would move to table any Democratic amendments regarding witnesses and documents. Republicans have said those issues shouldn't be debated until next week after opening arguments are made. And McConnell said the Senate would stay in session until his resolution passed, presaging a potentially late night.

Schumer was aghast, calling McConnell's plans "one of the darker moment in the Senate's history. Perhaps even the darkest."

Senate - Minority - Leader - Votes - End

The Senate minority leader will force votes by the end of the day on a subpoena for four key administration witnesses as well as documents related to the Trump administration’s withholding of Ukraine aide. Republicans are expected to unanimously oppose his amendments to McConnell’s resolution, but Schumer made clear he will press McConnell all day long.

The New York senator kicked off the day with an appearance on "Morning Joe," then gave a press conference and finally rebutted McConnell directly on the Senate floor.

McConnell - Resolution - Obstacles - Path - Witnesses

“McConnell’s very resolution puts many obstacles in the path of getting witnesses and documents even later,” Schumer said at the press conference Tuesday. “Right off the bat Republican senators will face a choice...
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