McConnell Ready to Bypass Dems, Set Rules for Impeachment Trial

Headline Roundup January 7th, 2020

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Tuesday he has the Senate votes necessary to establish rules for President Donald Trump's upcoming impeachment trial, saying the trial could proceed similarly to former President Bill Clinton's in which opening arguments were heard before a vote was held to decide if witnesses would be called. Democrats are adamant that witnesses should be called immediately; the partisan failure to agree on the trial's terms has led to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) delaying sending the impeachment articles to the Senate.

McConnell Ready to Bypass Dems, Set Rules for Impeachment Trial

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) has whipped the 51 votes required to establish the rules for President Trump’s impending impeachment trial without a concrete agreement on witnesses, according to multiple reports.

McConnell told colleagues during a closed-door lunch on Tuesday that he had secured the necessary backing to begin President Trump’s impeachment trial, according to the Washington Post. Politico first reported that Republicans were growing increasingly confident in their ability to set the trial parameters without input from Democrats.

The decision comes despite protests from Senate Minority Leader...

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday that he'll move ahead on approving rules for President Trump's Senate trial without negotiating them with Democrats.

Between the lines: Senate Republicans' comments on Tuesday suggested that they've fallen in line with McConnell's position that the rules should be based on Bill Clinton's 1999 Senate trial, where the question of whether to call witnesses was postponed until after the start of the trial.

Many of these senators have said they're comfortable following the precedent of the Clinton trial, in which senators first gave...

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is moving forward on a set of impeachment trial rules without Democratic support.

The Kentucky Republican said Tuesday he has locked down sufficient backing in his 53-member caucus to pass a blueprint for the trial that leaves the question of seeking witnesses and documents until after opening arguments are made.

That framework would mirror the contours of President Bill Clinton’s trial and ignore Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s demands for witnesses and new evidence at the outset.

“We have the votes once the impeachment trial...

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