Senate Debate Begins Over President Trump’s Impeachment Trial
WASHINGTON (AP)- Senators began the debate over rules that will take place in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump this afternoon.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell abruptly changed his proposed rules for President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial after senators objected. He is now offering three days, rather than two, for opening arguments from each side. Democrats objected strongly to rules proposed by the Republican leader for compressed arguments and a speedy trial. Chief Justice John Roberts gaveled in the session. Democrats warned that the rules package could force midnight sessions that would keep most Americans in the dark.
President Donald Trump could potentially be impeached on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial quickly burst into a partisan fight Tuesday as proceedings began unfolding at the Capitol. Democrats objected strongly to rules proposed by the Republican leader for compressed arguments and a speedy trial.
Trump said anew that the whole thing was a hoax, and he said he was sure it would “work out fine.”
Two-thirds (67) or more of the senators have to vote to convict in order for an impeachment and for Trump to be removed from office.