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LIVE: Senate Takes Up Resolution Setting Rules for Impeachment Trial

LIVE: Senate Takes Up Resolution Setting Rules for Impeachment Trial

President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial kicks off this afternoon at 1 PM ET when the Senate takes up the resolution to set the rules for the trial.

The Senators will go to the chamber at 12 p.m. ET for leadership remarks but adjourn at 12:30 p.m.

The debate begins at 1 p.m. ET. It should last two hours with each side receiving equal time.

McConnell’s resolution gives the House Democratic managers 24 hours to present their case to the senate over two days. Trump’s legal team receives the same amount of time.

After Trump’s team finishes, the Senators may question the sides for up to 16 hours.

When the questioning ends the Senate will have four hours, two for each side, “to consider and debate to subpoena witnesses or documents.”

If they vote no then no one can call for new witnesses or documents. If they vote yes then “both sides will have an opportunity to motion to subpoena witnesses, then senators will debate and vote on them.”

From The Wall Street Journal:

Wearing a dark suit and red tie, Mr. Cipollone spoke slowly and deliberately, sometimes with long pauses between words, as he repeatedly tapped the lectern with the side of his left hand as he made each point. Mr. Cipollone took less than three minutes to explain the White House’s support for the rules.

“The president has done absolutely nothing wrong, and…these articles of impeachment do not begin to approach the standard required by the Constitution,” Mr. Cipollone told senators. “There is absolutely no case.”

Cipollone also said that the House did not give Trump much due process:

“Information was selectively leaked out. Witnesses were threatened. Good public servants were told that they would be held in contempt. They were told that they were obstructing,” Cipollone said.
House Democrats, he said, held the articles of impeachment for 33 days, arguing that their case is not prepared if they need to hear from additional witnesses in the Senate.

“We hear all this talk about an overwhelming case. They’re not even prepared,” he said of Democrats.

House Democrats, he said, “concocted a process” that locked the President out, calling out Schiff, who has not provided documents regarding his staff’s work with the whistleblower.

Cipollone went on to call the idea that Democrats want to call witnesses in the Senate trial “ridiculous.”

“The idea that they would come here and lecture the Senate – by the way, I was surprised to hear that, did you realize, you’re on trial? … Everybody’s on trial except for them. It’s ridiculous, it’s ridiculous. They have overwhelming evidence and they’re afraid to make their case. Think about it, it’s common sense. Overwhelming evidence… and then they come here and they say, ‘You know what, we need some more evidence,’” he said.

Cipollone continued: “If I showed up in any court in this country and I said, ‘Judge, my case is overwhelming, but I’m not ready to go yet. I need more evidence’ … I would get thrown out in two seconds and that’s exactly what should happen here.”


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” Senate will have four hours, two for each side, “to consider and debate to subpoena witnesses or documents.”
I’m waiting for the drama of a possible 50-50 vote on the motion to call witnesses. How will Roberts vote to break the tie or will he refuse to vote? Both options for the Chief Justice have occurred in the past.

American Human | January 21, 2020 at 2:05 pm

However, according to Chuck Shumer, this is a cover up and a travesty of justice.

Please help me out here. Is he just simply utterly ignorant of the process used in the House? Or, does he believe the House process was the fairest of fair to all parties involved? Does he truly and honestly believe the Senate process is the most unfair and horribly unjust impeachment in the history of the Universe? Or, is he just so utterly partisan to the Nth degree and he just plain hates Trump and wants him gone?

I could ask these rhetorical questions for the next hour but I don’t believe there is actually an answer or an understanding to the democrat state of mind on this earth.

    Speaking of cover ups and obstruction of justice, has the House dems released all of their super-secret SCIF transcripts yet? Seems there was one or two they were reluctant to release, since they were quite pro-Trump…

Facebook comment I saw on the public’s interest in this impeachment:

Well, the Democrats and their media lapdogs have well and truly fracked up. My day job is managing an online tech support group for a major ISP. The customer support folks report that the phones are going nuts complaining that the impeachment coverage is gutting into their daytime television and to make it go away.

Never piss off soap opera viewers


Paul In Sweden | January 21, 2020 at 3:04 pm

Sen. Chuckie did not submit a subpoena request to the White House, he very stealthily had his own case for the impeachment of Trump read out loud and into the record. Does that get taken off his time?

JusticeDelivered | January 21, 2020 at 3:18 pm

What a colossal waste of time.