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Politics Senate impeachment trial is expected. How it will work is very uncertain

23:30  15 december  2019
23:30  15 december  2019 Source:   latimes.com

GOP resolution looks to block Dem candidates from Senate impeachment trial

  GOP resolution looks to block Dem candidates from Senate impeachment trial Congressional Republicans want to require Senate Democrats running for president to recuse themselves from a possible impeachment trial against President Trump.

How the Impeachment Process Could Play Out. Six House committees are expected to continue Next, the proceedings move to the Senate , which is to hold a trial overseen by the chief justice of the The Senate then decided whether to hear witnesses, and if so, whether it would be live or on

It is, of course, not surprising that impeachment should be a highly partisan affair. No defections by Republicans are expected when the full House votes on impeachment in the coming week, and perhaps at most a tiny number in the Senate when the case goes to trial , probably early next year.

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Sunday publicly diverged over how to conduct the expected impeachment trial of President Trump, with some calling for allegations against him to be summarily quashed and others advocating a lengthier process that would include summoning witnesses for fresh testimony.

Matt Gaetz, Mike Johnson sitting at a table: House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), center,  speaks during a committee markup hearing on the articles of impeachment against U.S. President Donald Trump in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill Dec. 12, 2019 in Washington, D.C.© Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America/TNS House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), center, speaks during a committee markup hearing on the articles of impeachment against U.S. President Donald Trump in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill Dec. 12, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

Key Democrats in the House of Representatives, meanwhile, insisted that Trump’s all-but-certain acquittal in the Senate would not brand as a failure the House proceedings against the president. The House is expected to vote Wednesday to impeach Trump, with the resolution likely to pass on an almost entirely party-line vote.

Schumer to colleagues running for White House: Impeachment comes first

  Schumer to colleagues running for White House: Impeachment comes first Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) says Democratic colleagues running for president, such as Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), should prioritize the Senate impeachment trial over campaigning ahead of the Iowa caucuses.The trial could tie up senators on the Senate floor for the entire month of January, right before the first contest of the Democratic primary calendar scheduled in Iowa for Feb. 3. With the possibility of close votes on procedural questions such as what witnesses should be called to the Senate floor, Schumer says colleagues should make the trial their first priority, even if it might tread on their campaign plans.

That will be determined for this specific trial beforehand by Senate Republicans and Democrats. McConnell says those negotiations may come The Clinton impeachment trial set a standard. Will it resonate today? The history of impeachment (of presidents or judges) suggests what happens in the

Former House Oversight Committee chairman Trey Gowdy weighs in on articles of impeachment on 'Hannity.'.

Greg Stanton, Eric Swalwell, Hakeem Jeffries looking at each other: Chair of the Democratic Caucus Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) speaks during a House Judiciary Committee markup hearing on the articles of impeachment against U.S. President Donald Trump in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill Dec. 12, 2019 in Washington, D.C. The articles of impeachment charge Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.© Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America/TNS Chair of the Democratic Caucus Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) speaks during a House Judiciary Committee markup hearing on the articles of impeachment against U.S. President Donald Trump in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill Dec. 12, 2019 in Washington, D.C. The articles of impeachment charge Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

The House Judiciary Committee last week approved two articles of impeachment against Trump, for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. A full House vote to adopt those articles would make Trump only the third U.S. president to be impeached.

In a round of appearances on Sunday’s news-talk shows, senior Republicans dealt with continuing fallout over Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s assertion last week that there was “no chance” that Trump would be removed from office.

McConnell: Senate won't take up impeachment trial before Christmas

  McConnell: Senate won't take up impeachment trial before Christmas McConnell and Schumer have yet to negotiate an agreement on the trial.“What is not possible obviously would be to turn to an impeachment trial or to do [the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement] in the Senate before we break for Christmas,” McConnell told reporters, while outlining the Senate’s agenda for the rest of the year.

But Senate rules suggest that it 's a duty, not an option. Note the word "shall" in Senate Impeachment Rule One We intend to do our constitutional responsibility." 7. How does a Senate trial work ? The Constitution lays out only three requirements: The chief justice presides over the Senate trial of a

How impeachment works . Initiating impeachment proceedings. The two most recent presidential impeachments began with a vote in the full House. Pelosi has broken with this format and has chosen to instruct the six House committees already investigating Trump to proceed "under that umbrella of

The Kentucky Republican said in a Fox News interview that he was coordinating with — and taking cues from — the president’s lawyers on ground rules for the Senate showdown. Democrats protested that his statement disqualified him from being an impartial juror in an impeachment trial.

Damian Hopley, Ken Buck sitting at a table: House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), left, pauses as Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), center, talks with Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) during a committee markup hearing on the articles of impeachment against U.S. President Donald Trump in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill Dec. 12, 2019 in Washington, D.C.  The articles of impeachment charge Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.© Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America/TNS House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), left, pauses as Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), center, talks with Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) during a committee markup hearing on the articles of impeachment against U.S. President Donald Trump in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill Dec. 12, 2019 in Washington, D.C. The articles of impeachment charge Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of Trump’s most strident defenders, declared Sunday he had already made up his mind, so there was no need for a drawn-out trial on whether Trump improperly pressured Ukraine’s president to dig up dirt on Joe Biden, the former vice president and a potential 2020 rival.

McConnell opposes impeachment witnesses now -- but supported them during Clinton trial

  McConnell opposes impeachment witnesses now -- but supported them during Clinton trial Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is arguing against witnesses giving testimony in the expected impeachment trial of President Donald Trump -- but he had a different view in 1999 when he advocated for a request by Republican House impeachment managers to have witnesses testify in the case against then-President Bill Clinton, a Democrat. © Olivier/Pool/Getty Images US President Donald Trump (L) talks to the press as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) looks on after the Republican luncheon at the U.S. Capitol Building on January 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. "There have been 15 impeachments in the history of the country.

“Chairman, how — may I ask how I am recorded?” “ How was the gentleman recorded?” The impeachment articles, passed over sharp Republican protests, accused the president of abusing The full House is expected to vote on Wednesday to impeach Mr. Trump, and he would stand trial in

He added that he was “taking my cues” from the White House in shaping the trial . “If articles of impeachment are sent to the Senate , every single senator Mr. McConnell and White House officials — including Pat A. Cipollone, the White House counsel, who is expected to represent Mr. Trump

a group of people performing on a counter: A House Judiciary Committee Republican staff member sets up signs before a markup hearing on the articles of impeachment against U.S. President Donald Trump in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill Dec. 12, 2019 in Washington, D.C. The articles of impeachment charge Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.© Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America/TNS A House Judiciary Committee Republican staff member sets up signs before a markup hearing on the articles of impeachment against U.S. President Donald Trump in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill Dec. 12, 2019 in Washington, D.C. The articles of impeachment charge Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

“I’m not trying to hide the fact that I have disdain for the accusations in the process, so I don’t need any witnesses,” the South Carolina Republican said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

Other Republicans, though, suggested the underlying facts needed airing, even while suggesting Trump would prevail.

“I think it would be extremely inappropriate to put a bullet in this thing immediately when it comes over,” Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Toomey signaled an emerging strategy for some GOP senators of broadly accepting Democratic assertions about the president’s actions while disagreeing on their gravity.

Louisiana Senator John Kennedy says impeachment in Senate 'dead as fried chicken'

  Louisiana Senator John Kennedy says impeachment in Senate 'dead as fried chicken' Louisiana Senator John Kennedy predicted a party line acquittal for President Trump."I will," Kennedy said Wednesday when asked if he would be impartial, something Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he couldn't be.

That will be determined for this specific trial beforehand by Senate Republicans and Democrats. McConnell says those negotiations may come next week. Some Republicans have pushed back on that . It will ultimately be up to McConnell, in consultation with the rest of the Senate , to decide how to

WASHINGTON — Even as the House Judiciary Committee prepared to vote on articles of impeachment , Lindsey Graham was in a back room trying to cut a last-minute deal. If the president fully admitted what he had done, he could head off charges of high crimes and misdemeanors.

“There might be a lot of agreements” on facts, he said, but “I think there’s a big disagreement about what rises to a level of impeachment.”

Trump opposes that line of argument because it concedes that at least some of his actions toward Ukraine were inappropriate. He continues to insist that his conduct was “perfect” and wants an extended trial in which his lawyers could demand testimony from Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, and other Democrats he has accused of misdeeds. He continued that strategy Sunday in a blizzard of tweets.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Democratic Chairman Jerry Nadler, left, and Republican Ranking Member Doug Collins attend the House Judiciary Committee's markup of House Resolution 755, Articles of Impeachment Against President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill on Dec. 12, 1029 in Washington, D.C.© Andrew Harrer/AFP/Getty Images North America/TNS Democratic Chairman Jerry Nadler, left, and Republican Ranking Member Doug Collins attend the House Judiciary Committee's markup of House Resolution 755, Articles of Impeachment Against President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill on Dec. 12, 1029 in Washington, D.C.

Some Republican senators have signed onto the idea of an extensive trial with the apparent aim of impugning the fairness of the House impeachment proceedings and attempting to tar the Bidens. Others, like Toomey, have said they aren’t prepared to say yet whether the Senate trial should include any live testimony.

On Sunday, that division among Republican senators remained apparent.

“If the president wants to call Hunter Biden, or wants to call the whistleblower, the Senate should allow [him] to do so,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said on ABC’s “This Week.” A whistleblower’s complaint in August raised serious concerns about a July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, setting the impeachment process in motion.

Senate leaders punt impeachment trial deal until after holidays

  Senate leaders punt impeachment trial deal until after holidays The Senate is set to leave town for the year without a deal on key components of a President Trump's impeachment trial, including whether to have witnesses. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) met on Thursday just hours before the chamber is expected to wrap up its work for 2019. But Schumer indicated after the meeting that they did not reach an agreement on witnesses or requests for additional documents - two key sticking points for Democrats.Justin Goodman, a spokesman for Schumer, said the Democratic leader asked McConnell to "consider Sen. Schumer's proposal over the holidays.""Senator Schumer made clear to Sen.

Those senators know that , unless public opinion shifts dramatically, a vote against the president would invite a damaging primary challenge and The road less travelled. Those stark electoral numbers are unique to this impeachment , and a level of partisanship as marked as today’s is historically unusual.

The House is expected to impeach Trump next week, and the process will then move to the Senate for a trial . Republican Senator Lindsey Graham on Saturday signaled he'll do everything he can to ensure a Senate impeachment trial for President Donald Trump ends quickly, and that he does not

During House hearings, public testimony by a dozen witnesses, including diplomats and current and former administration officials, portrayed an irregular foreign-policy back channel steered by the president’s personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, with the alleged knowledge of several of Trump’s most high-level aides.

But the White House has blocked demands for documents and testimony from senior administration figures including Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s acting chief of staff, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and former national security advisor John Bolton.

Many Democrats, in both the House and Senate, have said that if Trump’s team had had any witnesses whose testimony would help clear him, they would have been allowed to appear already.

Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois said on “Face the Nation” that witnesses should be called in the Senate trial, but “it appears to me there are no witnesses the president would want to call to exonerate himself.”

Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, interviewed on “Meet the Press,” decried what he called Republicans’ refusal to consider the facts of the case.

“It’s why I’m so disappointed in my colleagues,” he said, “this ‘see no evil, hear no evil’ attitude that they don’t want to look at anything … that might disagree with their worldview of Republicanism and this president.”

Prospects for a near-party-line vote in the House appeared unchanged, although with the twist that one anti-impeachment Democrat, Rep. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, is now reportedly getting ready to switch his party affiliation — a step Trump tweeted Sunday would be “very smart.”

Democratic candidates call for White House officials to testify during Senate impeachment trial

  Democratic candidates call for White House officials to testify during Senate impeachment trial Democratic presidential hopefuls Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and businessman Tom Steyer during Thursday's Democratic primary debate called on White House officials to testify during the Senate's impeachment trial."As we face this trial in the Senate, if the president claims that he is so innocent, then why doesn't he have all the president's men testify?" Klobuchar told the audience at the PBS News Hour/Politico debate in Los Angeles.

The Constitution does not provide procedural guidelines for how an impeachment trial is to be conducted—so the senators of 1868 had to figure it out as they went.

Given polls that show Republican voters are still firmly behind the president, experts see Trump’s removal as highly unlikely. “I do not see how in the world you could ever get 20 Republican senators to vote to oust Donald There is also the issue of how a Senate impeachment trial will be conducted.

Van Drew, a conservative Democrat in his first term, faced polls in his southern New Jersey district that showed he likely would lose a Democratic primary if he voted against impeachment. He hopes Trump’s backing will enable him to win the Republican nomination for a second term.

Only one other Democrat, Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota, is considered a likely vote against impeachment, although a couple of others who represent districts Trump carried in 2016 are still undeclared.

Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, who quit the Republican Party to become an independent after he announced his support for impeachment, is the only non-Democrat expected to vote for impeachment. Rep. Will Hurd of Texas, a Republican who is retiring and had initially seemed open to the idea that Trump’s actions were cause for concern, signaled he would likely stay in the Republican fold.

“You can vote against impeachment but still disagree with some of the policies and some of the behavior,” the former CIA officer said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

With an end to the House proceedings in sight, the two principal committee chairmen handling the issue — Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) — said the prospect of Trump winning acquittal in the Senate did nothing to diminish the effort.

“It isn’t a failure — at least it’s not a failure in the sense of our constitutional duty,” Schiff, the head of the Intelligence Committee, said on “This Week.” On the same program, Nadler, who heads the Judiciary Committee, said Trump’s pattern of behavior amounted to a continuing menace.

“He poses a continuing threat to our national security and to the integrity of our elections, to our democratic system itself,” Nadler said. “We cannot permit that to continue.”

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