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Politics Rules for Trump Impeachment Trial May Be Modeled After Clinton's

04:06  27 november  2019
04:06  27 november  2019 Source:   online.wsj.com

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell won’t speculate much about what an impeachment trial for President Trump might look like, but he has made it clear the rules that were in place for the trial of President Clinton are “a place to start.”

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Mr. Nadler wrote to Mr. Trump to remind him that his counsel can attend that hearing and question witnesses, if he chooses. The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

A full House vote on articles of impeachment could come by Christmas, setting the stage of a possible Senate trial in January. There are 15 senators now serving who voted in the Clinton impeachment trial in 1999, including Messrs. McConnell and Sen Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) now the chamber’s minority leader

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In 1999, all 100 senators voted to approve the procedure for the Clinton impeachment trial. The vote followed an agreement struck by then-Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, a Republican and then-Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, a Democrat, on the rules: 24 hours for each side to make presentations, followed by 16 hours for senators to ask questions.

There was less unanimity, however, on the subject of witnesses. A resolution dealing with witnesses passed on a party-line vote. Ultimately, three witnesses, including Monica Lewinsky, the former White House intern with whom Mr. Clinton admitted an inappropriate relationship, were deposed privately in the presence of a senator from each party. Excerpts from those depositions were shown by video during the trial, but there was no live testimony or cross-examination.

When reporters asked Mr. McConnell last week about whether the Senate would call witnesses that the House didn’t to call, he declined to speculate.

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“We’re all having what-if discussions but I think just laying out various hypotheticals now is not helpful,” Mr. McConnell said.

“The House is going to do what the House is going to do, and when they get through, as you all know, it comes over here, displaces all the business, and we’ll be on it until senators decide it’s time to reach a conclusion,” he said.

Even if the Kentucky Republican wanted to dismiss the matter immediately, it isn’t known if he would have enough votes to do so. With 53 Republicans in the Senate, he can’t afford more than three GOP defections on any impeachment-related motions, including dismissal, which are decided by simple majority votes.

A final vote to impeach, however, would require a two-thirds vote. Mr. McConnell added it was “inconceivable” to him that there would be 67 votes to remove the president from office.

“A number of Democratic senators are running for president. I’m sure they’ll be excited to be here in their chairs not being able to say anything during the [course] of this trial so hopefully we’ll work our way through it and finish it in not too lengthy a process,” he said.

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The impeachment trial of President Clinton continued apace, seemingly on After listening quietly for weeks to testimony and arguments, trial -weary senators went into the chamber to The body fell eight votes short of the required two-thirds majority needed to change the rules , and open the doors.

Although Mr. Schumer hasn’t yet heard from Mr. McConnell, Mr. Schumer said he didn’t see any reason why he and Mr. McConnell couldn’t reach an agreement on the procedure for a trial.

“I hope it’s a fair process and its a process that allows both sides to present their cases in a fair way,” Mr. Schumer said earlier this month.

When a reporter noted that all 100 senators voted to approve the procedure for the Clinton impeachment, Mr. Schumer said he hoped that could happen again, despite intense partisan polarization in Washington.

“You know certain things should transcend partisanship,” he said. “Protecting whistleblowers should transcend partisanship, and so should this. This trial is one of the most serious responsibilities the Constitution gave the Senate, and will be done down the middle, in a fair, bipartisan way.”

Although Mr. Schumer and Mr. McConnell haven’t spoken, each has been prepping their caucuses for what to expect from a trial.

In mid-October, Mr. McConnell and his team gave Senate Republicans an impeachment tutorial over lunch. It included a PowerPoint presentation about what might happen if the House sends over articles of impeachment against Mr. Trump.

Since then, he has given a similar rundown to reporters who ask what to expect from a Senate trial: The Senate will take the matter up, Chief Justice John Roberts will preside, the Senate will convene every day, six days out of seven, at 12:30 or 1 in the afternoon. House impeachment managers act as prosecutors, and the president’s lawyers act as a defense team.

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US President Donald Trump has lashed out at congressional Democrats after they vowed to summons the White House to produce documents this week. Committees are demanding documents relating to the administration' s dealings with Ukraine, which is now at the heart of an impeachment inquiry.

“We may get a quicker ruling from a chief justice in a Senate trial … than we would get by going months New polling suggests Democrats’ impeachment push could alienate key voters,” its headline blared. The opinion survey was conducted after the first week of televised impeachment hearings, so

Senators, who act as jurors, can offer motions and submit questions, but won’t be allowed to speak, “which will be good therapy for a number of us,” Mr. McConnell likes to joke.

The Senate can override the chief justice on a motion with a simple majority, or the chief justice can defer motions to the Senate to decide.

On Nov. 13, the same day that public impeachment hearings began in the House, Republican senators asked Mr. McConnell if they really had to have a trial. Mr. McConnell said they did.

In recent weeks, the White House has reached out more to GOP senators, inviting them for lunch with Mr. Trump or getting them on the phone to chat with him. Republican leadership has been encouraged to see the White House developing a more organized strategy after some initial breakdowns in communication.

Mr. Schumer held caucus conference calls on Oct. 2 and Oct. 10 to discuss the impeachment inquiry with Democratic senators. Democrats also have discussed the inquiry over lunch in the past month, and Mr. Schumer’s office set up a document hub for Senate Democratic offices to access. The hub includes information from past impeachment battles, message guidance, historical facts including quotes from the Founding Fathers and public information about the facts of the case so far.

Write to Lindsay Wise at lindsay.wise@wsj.com

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