The first day of the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump has begun
with battle over its format.
This is the third such trial in US
far the senators have debated the rules under which the trial should be
conducted. No witnesses have yet been authorized to testify.
efforts by Democrats to force the White House to provide documents, the vote
failed after splitting along party lines.
Senate leader Mitch McConnell, who sets the rules for the chamber, said he is
hoping the trial will last just 10 days.
He made some last-minute changes to his proposal for how the Senate will
conduct President Trump’s impeachment trial. The House managers and the
president’s defense team now have three days each, instead of two, to present
their opening arguments (although each side’s total time is still capped at 24
McConnell has also changed the rules of evidence somewhat, allowing the House
managers to introduce material gathered during their hearings unless a majority
of the Senate objects.
has said he had the Republican votes he needed to pass his rules package, but
perhaps he felt some pressure from within his own ranks to more closely align
his proposal to the way President Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial was run in
Democrats will still be calling for more. They want a guarantee of witnesses,
something that doesn’t seem likely to happen.
Charles Schumer said a trial without witnesses or evidence would be “a
is accused of seeking help from Ukraine to get himself re-elected, and of
He has called the investigation a “hoax” and a “witch-hunt”.
Donald Trump is only the third president to face an impeachment trial.
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