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Day 1 Of Impeachment Trial

Day 1 of the impeachment trial ended Thursday at 2am, Eastern.  The 13-hour session was filled with Senate votes on amendments to the trial rules.  Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did concede to some changes prior to the beginning of the session.  Instead of only giving each side 2 days to complete their 24 hours of argument,they now have 3 days.  McConnell also allowed for the paperwork from the House hearings to be admitted into the record without a reading.  Then Chuck Schumer began submitting amendments to be considered.  Both House managers and Trump's defense team argued on each.  Of the 11 amendments offered, 10 were tabled with strict, party-line votes of 53-47. Only one vote had a Republican defection, Susan Collins of Maine over allowing some briefs entered into the record.  So that one got voted down and tabled, 52-48.  At one point, about 1am Thursday, Chief Justice John Roberts injected himself into the discourse, admonishing both the House managers and defense team for the rhetoric.  Things had gotten nasty as Jerry Nadler and Adam Schiff accused Republican Senators of being part of a cover-up.  The leader of the Trump defense team, Whoite House legal counsel Pat Cipollone, called out Nadler by name for this.

 

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Impeachment Trial To Begin

Today, the impeachment trial of Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America, begins on the Senate floor.  Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will first present the rules to manage how the trial will unfold.  These rules are nearly identitical to those used in the impeachment trial of then President William Jefferson Clinton.  Even Trump-hater, Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT), agrees with that!  So, the odds are that McConnell's set of rules will pass a Senate floor vote.  The rules will give House managers prosecuting President Trump 24 hours to present their case starting at 1pm Eastern on Wednesday.  This upsets Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), because it means that much of the 'evidence' will take place at night, unseen by most Americans.  Of course, the so-called 'evidence' consists entirely of hearsay and personal opinion.  There is no actual physical evidence, no 'smoking gun', that any crime was committed.

 

 

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