Published: Thu, January 23, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Senate impeachment trial kicks off with heated fight over rules

Senate impeachment trial kicks off with heated fight over rules

Trump is attending a world leader conference in Davos, Switzerland.

The possibility of a swift vote to dismiss the charges after several days of opening statements and questions still remains, which would potentially mean no witnesses or evidence would be heard.

Even Senate Republicans like Sen.

Udall criticized McConnell's proposal for a condensed trial, which included each side having two 12-hour days to present their case.

Senate rules say the trial must proceed six days a week - all but Sunday - until it is resolved.

Their task will be to convince the U.S. senators who will act like the jury that the president should be removed from office on the basis of two articles of impeachment they passed - abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. No cellphones or other electronics were allowed. Tempers flared and senators paced the chamber.

Senators remained as the clock passed 10:30pm (local time), while Democrats pursued what may be their only chance to force senators to vote on hearing new testimony. He told them that description of the Senate stemmed from a 1905 trial when a senator objected to the word "pettifogging", because members should "avoid speaking in a manner and using language that is not conducive to civil discourse". No Republicans voted in favor of the Articles of Impeachment in the House and a handful of Democrats voted with the Republicans.

"For weeks, Mitch McConnell has asserted that he planned to follow the "Clinton precedent" for structuring President Trump's Senate impeachment trial".

In a written response to the Senate on Monday, House managers, led by Democrat Adam Schiff, said Trump's defense team's arguments are flawed.

The back-and-forth is a culmination of disagreement between Democrats and Republicans over what would constitute a fair trial.

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Democrats argue McConnell is collaborating with the White House to speed through the trial to acquit the president without all the available materials. He scoffed that the House charges against Trump were "ridiculous".

When White House officials blocked Trump's advisers from testifying or turning over documents, defence lawyers say, they were protecting the prerogative of the presidency - and not obstructing an investigation. But the lawyers insisted the president did nothing wrong. "There is absolutely no case".

Not any more.ADonald Trump's impeachment trial is being streamed, arguably on his terms, on the same platforms that touched off a public reckoning on the power of big tech and its influence on big politics. Schumer promised to propose a number of alternatives to the rules released by McConnell.

Mr McConnell made the adjustment after encountering resistance from Republicans during a closed-door lunch meeting. The debate over the rules is expected to take up much of the day on Tuesday and opening arguments from the House managers are not expected to start until Wednesday.

But a spokeswoman for Republican Sen. It also allowed the House impeachment record to be included in the Senate. The bad news is that the Trump team's constitutional arguments can barely pass a straight-face test.

It will be only the third time a president has endured an impeachment trial, after Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1999. "But it's not a fair trial", Lichtman said.

One by one, the House managers made the case, drawing on their own life experiences.

It was when Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the House Judiciary Committee chairman also leading the prosecution, said the White House lawyers "lie" that Cipollone and Sekulow retorted that Nadler should be embarrassed and apologize, leading to Roberts' admonition.

It is only the third presidential impeachment trial in US history, coming just weeks before the first primaries of the 2020 election season and as voters are assessing Trump's first term and weighing the candidates who want to challenge him in the fall. At this time, Republicans hold a 53-47 majority in the Senate.

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