Published: Wed, January 22, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

READ: McConnell lays out terms for Senate impeachment trial

READ: McConnell lays out terms for Senate impeachment trial

The Post's Seung Min Kim and Elise Viebeck report that two Republican senators, Susan Collins of ME and Rob Portman of OH, objected behind the scenes to that schedule.

"McConnell continues his iron grip on the Republican majority", said Democratic Senator Chris Coons outside the hearing. That seriousness was echoed throughout the Senate chamber last week as Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who presides over the trial, swore the senators in as jurors.

With their phones and other electronics stowed in the cloakroom, and ordered to stay silent under pain of imprisonment by the sergeant-at-arms, the senators paid rapt attention as the case got underway.

Opening day stretched deep into the night. Fifty-one votes are required to allow new witness testimony per the Democrats' request, meaning four Republican Senators would have to vote in favor of it. Tempers flared as lawerly arguments gave way to more pointedly political ones. He asked them to "avoid speaking in a manner and using language that is not conducive to civil discourse".

McConnell added that he'll "move to table" any amendment proposed by his Democratic counterpart Chuck Schumer (D-NY). No deal was reached.

"This is not a process for a fair trial, this is the process for a rigged trial" Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Ca., the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee leading the prosecution, told reporters. As the White House put it Saturday, "The Articles of Impeachment submitted by House Democrats are a risky attack on the right of the American people to freely choose their President".

Mr. McConnell's rules were less stringent than he had initially proposed Monday. Republicans were said to be concerned over the political optics of "dark of night" sessions.

The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives impeached Mr. Trump on charges of abuse of office and obstruction of Congress last month. House attorneys shook hands with Cipollone and other lawyers defending Trump. But the lawyers insisted the president did nothing wrong. "There is absolutely no case".

"No trial in America has every been conducted like that", Schiff argued.

"Nancy Pelosi doesn't understand what impeachment is", Dershowitz said.

The White House welcomed the proposal for a speedy trial. "My focus is going to be on impeachment", Sen.

Ahead of Tuesday, McConnell defended his plan for rules as sticking to a precedent set by Clinton's trial.

But Republican pressure forced McConnell to change that, too.

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Sen. Susan Collins of ME and Sen.

The first several days of the trial are expected to be tangled in procedural motions playing out on the Senate floor and behind closed doors.

Now that evidence, which includes, as you know, nearly 4,000 pages of witness testimony, will be entered into the record as part of this trial. They argue that is necessary because numerous people they want to testify defied House subpoenas.

Trump, attending a global leaders conference in Davos, Switzerland, made his feelings about impeachment clear. The Democrats cite that transcript as solid evidence against Trump, though he repeatedly describes it as "perfect".

Only the third president in history to face trial for removal, he is accused of illicitly pressuring Ukraine to aid his 2020 reelection campaign, by asking Kiev to investigate his potential election rival Joe Biden.

Senate Republicans have blocked Democratic attempts to gather more evidence in U.S. President Donald Trump's impeachment trial as the two sides clashed over the proceeding's rules on its acrimonious first day.

The impeachment trial of President Trump opens today in the US Senate. "The House is asking the Senate to do its job, to have a trial", she said.

"Shamefully, this sham proposal does not even allow for admitting the House record into evidence at the trial", read a statement by Pelosi. White House counsel Pat Cipollone said that Republicans weren't allowed into the depositions of impeachment witnesses.

The ambassadors and national security officials who did appear before the House delivered often striking testimony, highlights that were displayed on television screens during the Senate proceeding.

It's unclear what will happen with witnesses in Trump's trial. "She thinks these changes are a significant improvement". That "shows they can make other changes and that we can get documents and witnesses". Well, it means the trial could be a little bit longer.

Democrats point in particular to a General Accountability Office report that found the White House violated federal law by stalling money to Ukraine that had been approved by Congress.

Ultimately they will reach a final vote on the two charges against Trump.

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