Impeachment Day One: Pack a Lunch, Gonna Be Here a While
The Impeachment trial of President Donald Trump is underway in the Senate:
The first day of President Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate is officially underway, just the third time a president has faced removal from office in U.S. history.
The proceedings began with debate over the rules of the trial. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican and an ally of the president, unveiled a resolution laying out the procedures on Monday.
The resolution delays votes on whether to call witnesses or admit new evidence until after opening arguments by House impeachment managers, who act as prosecutors in the case, and the president’s defense team. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, blasted McConnell for delaying votes on witnesses and said he planned to offer several amendments to allow witnesses before opening arguments.
A simple majority of senators — 51 votes— is needed to approve the resolution and other motions. There are 53 Republicans in the Senate, and 47 Democrats, including two independents.
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