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World Republicans at odds over impeachment trial terms as Trump floats dismissal

11:58  14 january  2020
11:58  14 january  2020 Source:   foxnews.com

Trump trial likely to begin next Tuesday: Senate chief

  Trump trial likely to begin next Tuesday: Senate chief The Senate impeachment trial of US President Donald Trump is likely to begin in one week's time while key players in the process could be sworn in later this week, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday. McConnell said he expected the House of Representatives to send the articles of impeachment through to the upper chamber on Wednesday.

Still, Trump -allied GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham said over the weekend that he anticipates this trial would be over in a matter of days. In the House impeachment inquiry, largely led by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the Democrats had final say over witnesses.

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Sunday injected fresh instability into final preparations for the Senate’s impeachment trial That unexpected statement, arriving amid a flurry of tweets, not only appeared to put the president at odds with Republican Senate leaders moving toward a full trial but

Washington is just days away from the start of the first impeachment trial in over two decades, but congressional leaders remain at odds over what exactly it will look like.

Even after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ended her unofficial filibuster of the process last Friday and committed to sending the impeachment articles to the Senate, Republican lawmakers are continuing to have discussions over whether the trial should feature a new round of witness testimony.

During President Trump's Senate impeachment trial, Senators are banned from using their phones or any other electronics

  During President Trump's Senate impeachment trial, Senators are banned from using their phones or any other electronics The US House of Representatives passed a resolution Wednesday to send two articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate. It's unclear when the Senate impeachment trial will begin, but the rules have been set - and they include a provision that bars Senators from using smartphones or other electronics. "No use of phones or electronic devices will be allowed in the Chamber," the decorum guidelines document says, which was obtained by CNN. "All electronics should be left in the Cloakroom in the storage provided."Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

The Republican -led Senate is all but certain to vote eventually to acquit Mr. Trump . But the path forward remains murky, with few historical precedents I solemnly swear that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of Donald John Trump , president of the United States, now pending

at his upcoming impeachment trial , president Donald Trump reversed course and suggested the Senate should dismiss the charges against him without Related video: Chuck Schumer says Trump impeachment hinges on fair trial in Senate. Trump calls for ‘outright dismissal ’ of impeachment

Some GOP lawmakers, meanwhile, are aiming for a quick verdict and President Trump himself has started to publicly argue that the case simply should be dismissed.

Nancy Pelosi.© REUTERS/Tom Brenner Nancy Pelosi. The timing for all of this remains fluid. While Pelosi could prepare to send the articles to the Senate as early as Tuesday, a congressional source told Fox News that the speaker could wait until later in the week.

The trial would not begin the moment Pelosi transmits the articles – alleging abuse of power and obstruction of Congress – to the Senate either. A Senate GOP aide told Fox News that there would be three to four days of pre-trial preparations.

The aide told Fox News that part of the pre-trial prep would include the swearing-in of senators and US  Chief Justice John Roberts, briefings from the House managers and President Trump’s legal team, and a debate and vote on the resolution that would lay out the parameters for the trial.

No sign of end to standoff over Trump impeachment trial

  No sign of end to standoff over Trump impeachment trial There is no sign of an end to the standoff over Trump's impeachment trial.Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has this week declared there would be no haggling with the Democratic-led House of Representatives over the rules for US President Donald Trump's impeachment trial.

For weeks, President Trump ’s advisers have been preparing for the eventuality of an impeachment trial in the Senate, a process that It remains undetermined whether three of Mr. Trump ’s closest allies among House Republicans — Representatives Jim Jordan of Ohio, Doug Collins of Georgia

Voters are divided over impeachment largely along the nation's deeply partisan lines and the trial is becoming a high-stakes undertaking at the start of a The House voted to impeach Trump last month. Yet ending one showdown merely starts another across the Capitol as the parties try to set the terms

How the trial would proceed remains an open question.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie© Provided by FOX News Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has repeatedly said that the resolution to govern the impeachment trial in the Senate would mirror the one used for then-President Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial in 1999 — setting a time frame for the trail to begin, with the opportunity for lawmakers to determine how to proceed on potential witness testimony and additional documents later, after both the president’s defence and the prosecution make their opening statements.

McConnell has insisted that he has the votes to pass the organizing resolution and begin the trial, before committing to witness testimony. In impeachment, most resolutions can pass with a simple majority. To remove the president from office, though, there must be 67 votes.

UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 11: Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, arrives in the Capitol for a vote on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)© Getty UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 11: Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, arrives in the Capitol for a vote on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) But while some Republicans have argued against the possibility of new witness testimony, Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine, said last week that she was working with a “fairly small group” of GOP senators to ensure that witnesses can be called in Trump’s trial.

No tweeting: Senators have to keep quiet, stay off iPhones, and remain seated during Trump's impeachment trial

  No tweeting: Senators have to keep quiet, stay off iPhones, and remain seated during Trump's impeachment trial Senators will not be permitted to use iPhones and will have to keep quiet during President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, according to "decorum guidelines" sent out on Wednesday.They are not allowed to use their iPhones, they have to keep quiet, and they must remain seated during the process.

During the House’s impeachment inquiry, Mr. Trump used Twitter to disparage witnesses as they were testifying against him. “To see Jim Sensenbrenner and Steve Chabot up there, and Lindsey Graham up on the other side, it is sort of odd ,” said former Representative Bob Barr, Republican of Georgia

Senator Lindsey Graham, a staunch Trump ally, said Republicans should hold firm and reject Democratic attempts to extend the trial , predicting There’s a question about whether some House Republicans who staunchly advocated for Trump during the impeachment inquiry, such as Ohio

“I have had many discussions with some of my Republican colleagues on how we can adhere as closely as practical to the precedent for conducting the impeachment trial of President Clinton, which included as a third stage the decision on whether to call witnesses,” Collins said last week. “I am hopeful that we can reach an agreement on how to proceed with the trial that will allow the opportunity for witnesses for both the House managers and the President’s counsel if they choose to do so.”

She added: “It is important that both sides be treated fairly.”

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a group of people standing in front of a building: Impeachment supporters rally in Washington, DC at the U.S. Capitol on Dec. 18, 2019 on the morning of the expected vote by House of Representatives on the articles of impeachment against Donald J. Trump.

Democrats are keen to see that the Senate calls in high-level witnesses who did not testify on the House side — especially former National Security Adviser John Bolton, who recently offered to come forward, only for Trump to indicate he could claim executive privilege to stop it.

Trump has gone further in recent days, suggesting over the weekend the Senate should bypass a trial and dismiss the articles.

“Many believe that by the Senate giving credence to a trial based on the no evidence, no crime, read the transcripts, ‘no pressure’ Impeachment Hoax, rather than outright dismissal, it gives the partisan Democrat Witch Hunt credibility that it otherwise does not have,” Trump tweeted on Sunday. “I agree!”

A Step-by-Step Guide to Trump’s Impeachment Trial

  A Step-by-Step Guide to Trump’s Impeachment Trial The House intends to vote this week to send its articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate, prompting only the third impeachment trial of a president in American history. The vote will put to rest nearly a month of uncertainty over when a trial might begin and quickly turn over to the Senate a historic debate over whether Mr. Trump committed what the Constitution describes as “high crimes and misdemeanors.

Voters are divided over impeachment largely along the nation’s deeply partisan lines and the trial is becoming a high-stakes undertaking at the start of a The House voted to impeach Trump last month. Yet ending one showdown merely starts another across the Capitol as the parties try to set the terms

Given the 53-47 Republican majority, at least four Republican votes would be required to change the rules governing the trial . It confirms that the real driving force of impeachment is not the professed indignation of the Democrats over Trump ’s use of his presidential powers to gain an advantage over

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham on Monday doubled down on the president's suggestion.

"I think the president's communicating that there should be a dismissal because he did nothing wrong," Grisham said on Fox News' "Outnumbered Overtime." "The president shouldn't have to go through this. He did nothing wrong. He released transcripts, willingly, because he did nothing wrong, and so, he's made that clear all along."

Protests hold up anti-Trump signs.© Alex Wong/Getty Images Protests hold up anti-Trump signs. She added: "Obviously, he would want dismissal of everything. But at the end of the day, if it does go to the Senate for a trial, he does want it to be fair, which is all he deserves."

The president’s tweet came just days after a group of Republican senators, including McConnell, signed onto a resolution put forth by Senator Josh Hawley, that would allow the chamber to dismiss impeachment against Trump should Pelosi continue to hold onto the articles.

That resolution, though, became somewhat moot after Pelosi announced on Friday that she would send the articles and announce House managers to prosecute the case.

Still, Trump-allied GOP Senator Lindsey Graham said over the weekend that he anticipates this trial would be over in a matter of days.

The president, meanwhile, slammed Pelosi and Democrats on Monday, calling into question their demands for fairness by citing the process on the House side.

Anticipation Building, Pelosi Says She Will Send Impeachment Articles ‘Soon’

  Anticipation Building, Pelosi Says She Will Send Impeachment Articles ‘Soon’ Speaker Nancy Pelosi quietly laid the groundwork on Thursday to send impeachment articles against President Trump to the Senate, indicating that the House would “soon” end a weekslong impasse and vote to bring the charges to trial. Though the speaker offered no specific timetable for her decision, lawmakers and aides said the House could move toward a vote next week before lawmakers decamp for a weeklong recess. They braced for an announcement from Ms. Pelosi about her plans as soon as Friday, as senators made final preparations for what would be the third presidential impeachment trial in American history.

Voters are divided over impeachment largely along the nation’s deeply partisan lines and the trial is The House voted to impeach Trump last month. Yet ending one showdown merely starts another across the Capitol as the parties try to set the terms of debate over high crimes and misdemeanours.

Most Republicans are now gearing up for the relentless pace of the impeachment trial to start on Monday or McConnell (R-Ky.) plans to begin the trial with arguments from Trump ’s counsel and the House Senate Republicans had been planning on Thursday to discuss Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo

Remove Trump.© Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images Remove Trump. In the House impeachment inquiry, largely led by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the Democrats had final say over witnesses. Democrats did, however, give Republican lawmakers the ability to subpoena witnesses with the concurrence of Democratic committee chairs and members.

"'We demand fairness' shouts Pelosi and the Do Nothing Democrats, yet the Dems in the House wouldn't let us have 1 witness, no lawyers or even ask questions. It was the most unfair witch-hunt in the history of Congress!" he tweeted Monday.

The next step for Pelosi will be to determine who will serve as House managers to prosecute the case against the president in the Senate trial.

Last month, bipartisan sources told Fox News that several names have been floated to make the case for the president’s removal.

Likely candidates include House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, whose panel drafted the articles of impeachment (abuse of power and obstruction of Congress); Schiff, who led much of the impeachment inquiry out of his committee with dramatic hearings to develop the case against the president; House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries, and Rep. Jamie Raskin, a constitutional lawyer.

Other possible candidates include Democrats who were more outspoken during the impeachment hearings, like Rep. David Cicilline, and Eric Swalwell.

Sources told Fox News that other names being floated include Reps. Pramila Jayapal; Val Demings, who served as the first female police chief in Orlando; and Zoe Lofgren, who was involved in the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton and was a staffer during the congressional investigation into former President Richard Nixon.

During Clinton’s impeachment in 1999, there were 13 House impeachment managers. A source familiar with the planning told Fox News that Pelosi is expected to appoint fewer than that.

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