The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump resumed in the Senate Tuesday

The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump resumed in the Senate Tuesday at 1 p.m. ET, beginning with a clash between the House Managers – essentially the prosecution – and the President’s legal team – essentially the defense – over the newly submitted organizing resolution released by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell monday evening. The resolution, which sets the parameters for which the impeachment trial will be carried out, originally outlined a trial that would have allowed the House impeachment managers and the President’s defense team to begin presenting their opening arguments Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET and give them 24 hours each over the course of two days to make their case for or against impeachment. Last-minute, handwritten changes by Senator McConnell, however, lengthened the time for opening arguments to a span of three days, following the precedent set in the Clinton impeachment of 1999. According to the resolution, following the opening arguments, Senators will be given 16 hours to submit questions to Chief Justice John Roberts to be asked to the chamber, followed by four hours of arguments. Finally, deliberation on whether witnesses or documents will be subpoenaed will occur. McConnell’s changes to the resolution also include allowing House evidence to be included in the record for the Senate trial. ~

The Senate trial officially began last Thursday when Chief Justice Roberts and senators were sworn in and the articles of impeachment were read by lead House manager Adam Schiff (D., CA), charging the President with two impeachment charges: abuse of power and obstruction of congress. The House managers then submitted briefs over the weekend outlining why the Senate should vote to remove President Trump from office, while the President’s legal team submitted filings outlining the contrary. ~

According to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Democrats plan to offer several amendments Tuesday to McConnell’s resolution, including calling for witnesses and relaxing time constraints on arguments. All amendments need 51 votes to pass, meaning all 47 Democrats would need 4 Republicans to join them to pass changes to McConnell’s rules. ~ 

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