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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell altered the resolution proposing rules for President Trump’s impeachment trial Tuesday after Democrats alleged Republicans were trying to hold the trial in the dark of night.
The resolution gives House impeachment managers and the president’s legal team 24 hours over a three-day period to present their arguments, the same that was afforded to both sides during the 1999 impeachment trial for President Bill Clinton.
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An early version of the proposed rules on Monday suggested the 24 hours would be divided only over a two-day period, suggesting 12-hour days. With the trial beginning at 1 p.m. every day, Democrats protested holding the hearings in the wee hours of the morning.
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“Why not when the sun is shining?” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Tuesday morning, ahead of the trial kicking off. “It’s pretty obvious why not. On something as important as impeachment, McConnell’s resolution is nothing more than a national disgrace.”
After the arguments from both sides, senators will have 16 hours to submit written questions through Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts Jr., who will pose the questions to each side.
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A vote on whether or not to call witnesses will come after the senators’ submit the questions. It would take 51 votes to do so. Republicans hold 53 seats, while the Democratic caucus holds 47.
The change did not prevent a fight over the rules, which were debated as the first order of business when the trial got underway.
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House impeachment managers insisted the trial should be expanded to include new documents and new witnesses. Mr. Trump’s team wants to delay decisions on more evidence until after both sides present their cases.
Taking the podium in front of the Senate, Rep. Adam B. Schiff argued that that the proposed rules would render the...
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