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Politics Democrats blast McConnell's rules for Trump impeachment trial in Senate

16:45  21 january  2020
16:45  21 january  2020 Source:   reuters.com

Schumer on Senate impeachment trial: 'We will force votes' on witnesses and documents

  Schumer on Senate impeachment trial: 'We will force votes' on witnesses and documents Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday night he is prepared to "force votes for witnesses and documents" in the Senate impeachment trial if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell does not call for it in his proposal. "We have the right to do it, We are going to do it and we are going to do it at the beginning on Tuesday if leader McConnell doesn't call for these witnesses in his proposal," Schumer said at a press conference in New York. "We're allowed to amend it, and ask for them.

Mr. McConnell ’ s trial rules , which also limited each side’s arguments to 24 hours over two days, gave the White House a helping hand at the outset and The rules left open the possibility that the Senate could not only decline to hear new evidence not uncovered in the House impeachment inquiry, but

House impeachment managers will have just two days to prosecute their case against President Donald Trump according to a resolution circulated by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell , in a move meant to accelerates the timetable for a trial Republicans intend to end in a speedy acquittal.

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Update: Democrats who will argue the case to remove President Donald Trump from office demanded on Tuesday that Trump's personal lawyer Pat Cipollone disclose any first-hand knowledge he has of evidence he will present in the Senate's impeachment trial, calling him a material witness.

“You must disclose all facts and information as to which you have first-hand knowledge that will be at issue in connection with evidence you present or arguments you make in your role as the President’s legal advocate so that the Senate and Chief Justice can be apprised of any potential ethical issues, conflicts, or biases," the House of Representatives managers wrote in a letter to Cipollone.

Schumer: Dems will 'force votes on witnesses and documents' in Trump impeachment trial

  Schumer: Dems will 'force votes on witnesses and documents' in Trump impeachment trial Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., vowed Sunday evening to "force votes on witnesses and documents" in the impeachment trial against President Trump starting this week, and suggested that Republicans were engaged in a cover-up to block Democrats from doing so. © FoxNews.com President Trump and New York Democratic Senator Schumer comment on the upcoming impeachment trial. During a news conference, Schumer questioned why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

Rules for Trump Impeachment TrialOn Monday, the president' s lawyers asserted he did nothing wrong and urged the Senate to "swiftly reject" the charges against him.WASHINGTON - Senator Mitch McConnell , the majority leader, unveiled ground rules on Monday for President Trump ' s

President Donald Trump ' s legal team laid out its arguments against impeachment in a formal legal brief filed just one day before the Senate trial is set to

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WASHINGTON — Democrats on Tuesday blasted the top Senate Republican's proposed rules for U.S. President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, saying its failure to guarantee witnesses or that evidence gathered by investigators would be allowed into the record was tantamount to rigging the proceedings.

Trump's trial on charges approved on Dec. 18 by the Democratic-led House of Representatives accusing him of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress begins in earnest in the Senate on Tuesday in a rare use of the constitutional mechanism for ousting a president.

On Monday, Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell proposed rules that would execute a potentially quick trial. He unveiled a resolution that would give House Democratic prosecutors and Trump lawyers 48 hours, evenly split, to present their arguments over a maximum of four days.

71% of Republicans Want Mitch McConnell to Call Witnesses at Trump Impeachment Trial, New Poll Shows

  71% of Republicans Want Mitch McConnell to Call Witnesses at Trump Impeachment Trial, New Poll Shows A new poll shows that 71 percent of Republicans believe that witnesses should testify during Trump's impeachment trial.SurveyUSA asked 4,096 registered voters whether witnesses with firsthand knowledge should be allowed to testify, with 71 percent of Republicans, 93 percent of Democrats, and 81 percent of Independents saying witnesses should be allowed to testify. Only 15 percent of Republicans said that they should not be allowed to testify, while 4 percent of Democrats, and 7 percent of Independents said they shouldn't. Only 3 percent of Democrats were unsure, with 12 percent of Independents and 14 percent of Republicans answering not sure.

The Senate Republican leader proposed impeachment trial rules that push the 1999 precedent toward This time, House Democrats conducted their impeachment inquiry entirely themselves Mr. McConnell ’ s resolution does not include a guarantee that the Senate will vote on a motion to dismiss

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is as of now including in the U. S . Senate impeachment trial rules a “kill switch” that effectively allows for the president’ s legal team to seek an immediate verdict or dismissal of the case should Democrats engage in any shenanigans like they did in the House process.

Under the resolution, lawyers for Trump could move early in the proceedings to ask senators to dismiss all charges, a senior Republican leadership aide said, a motion that would likely fall short of the support needed to succeed.

"That is not a fair trial. In fact, it is no trial at all," the seven House Democrats who will set out the case against Trump during the trial said in a statement on Tuesday.

Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told CNN that Democrats would seek amendments.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in a statement, said the Republicans' plan would force the trial into the "dark of night" and accused McConnell of choosing "a cover-up for the president, rather than honor his oath to the Constitution."

The proceedings are due to start at around 1 p.m. EST (1800 GMT) and the trial is expected to continue six days a week, Monday through Saturday, until at least the end of January.

At the heart of the impeachment trial is Trump's request to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in a July 25 phone call to investigate a political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, and his son Hunter.

Democrats accuse Trump of pressuring a vulnerable ally to interfere in U.S. elections at the expense of American national security. Trump's legal team says there was no pressure and that the Democrats' case is based on hearsay.

(Reporting by Will Dunham, Richard Cowan, Patricia Zengerle, David Morgan, Jan Wolfe, Susan Cornwell, Susan Heavey, Karen Freifeld and Tim Ahmann; additional reporting by Susan Heavey and Lisa Lambert; writing by Paul Simao; editing by Ross Colvin and Daniel Wallis)

Leslie Marshall: How will Trump’s impeachment affect November elections? .
Will the impeachment of President Trump help or hurt Democrats? It depends who you ask and if polls are accurate. © Provided by FOX NewsAccording to a CNN poll out this week, 51 percent of Americans want the Senate to remove our impeached president from office. The Republican-led Senate voted Tuesday and Wednesday morning to block more evidence, documents and witnesses from being presented in Trump’s impeachment trial at this time. But a new Monmouth University poll shows that 57 percent of Americans believe the House impeachment managers should be able to present new evidence and witnesses in the Senate trial.

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