Impeachment Trial Update – Day 1

Impeachment Trial Update - Day 1

(UnitedVoice.com) – The first day of the Senate impeachment trial has come to a close, and it’s obvious that the fighting between Democrats and Republicans is just heating up.

Rules

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tried to get multiple amendments passed to change the organizing resolution, and each one was defeated with a vote of 53 to 47. The fact that everyone voted along party lines was not surprising.

The amendments involved allowing the Senate to subpoena records and documents from the White House, State Department and the White House Office of Management and Budget. Schumer also wanted to subpoena White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) eventually got so annoyed with Schumer’s never-ending list of amendments he asked the minority leader if he would stack his remaining requests, Schumer declined. He’s expected to continue proposing amendments on Wednesday.

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A couple of the rules seem to be hard on everyone. Coffee, most other beverages, food and electronic devices (think cell phones) are forbidden and senators are not allowed to talk to each other during sessions. No coffee, cell phones or talking? Could be torture for politicians!

Changes

McConnell did make one change on Tuesday that gives Democrats some hope that he’ll be open to making additional changes over the coming days.

Instead of the original plan, which gave White House attorneys and House prosecutors two days to make 24 hours worth of legal arguments, they will now have three.

The changes, which were so last-minute that they had to be written in by hand, were a problem for both Republicans and Democrats. This means over the next couple of days, the trial will probably go from 1 pm ET to 9 pm ET.

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Trump

President Trump, who’s in Switzerland for the World Economic Forum, made a simple post on Twitter to defend himself.

Later in the day, it was obvious that the trial was on the president’s mind, as he continued to re-tweet posts from his supporters, including his son Donald Trump Jr.

As the nation continues to watch this trial unfold, so will we, making sure to bring you the most up-to-date information.

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