Senate Adopts Rules
for Impeachment Trial
The Senate adopted the following procedures for its impeachment trial of President Trump:
-- A delegation of House Democrats will have 24 hours to be used over no more than three days to argue for conviction on two articles of impeachment the House approved Dec. 15, 2019. Trump's attorneys will have an equal period to present a defense.
-- The resolution then allocates 16 hours for responses to written questions from senators. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. will read the questions aloud and direct them, as warranted, to the House managers, Trump's defense team or both sides.
-- The Senate then will hear four hours of arguments from the two sides on whether to allow motions to subpoena witnesses and documents. If the Senate eventually votes to issue subpoenas, witnesses would be deposed before subsequent votes on whether to call them before the Senate.
-- Following any witness testimony, the Senate is to deliberate and vote on the impeachment articles. Approval of either article by a two-thirds vote of senators present would remove Trump from office.
The first impeachment article charges Trump with abusing the powers of the presidency by withholding aid to Ukraine and a promised White House meeting in an effort to pressure the president of that country to announce investigations into a political rival. The second article charges Trump with obstructing the House's investigation of his conduct.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the resolution he sponsored "sets up a structure that is fair, evenhanded and tracks closely with past precedents."
Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said the resolution "asks the Senate to rush through as fast as possible, and makes getting evidence as hard as possible."
A yes vote was to adopt the resolution.
Roll Call #26 01/22/2020