McConnell releases impeachment trial rules, sparking new outcry from Democrats , Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ,
Released the rules for a Senate impeachment trial on Monday evening, The most noteworthy detail: Republicans will leave .The House impeachment managers only two days to make their opening arguments. In the 1999 impeachment trial of then-President Bill Clinton,
McConnell, R-Ky., will argue the current rules give House Democrats now making the case against Republican President Trump a total of 24 hours to make their arguments. But limiting opening arguments to no more than two days and scheduling them to start on Wednesday 1 p.m.,
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., blasted the Republican rules, calling them a “national disgrace.” “It’s clear Senator McConnell is hell-bent on .
Making it much more difficult to get witnesses and documents and intent on rushing the trial through,” The resolution also says the House impeachment managers will not be able to enter evidence into the trial until after the opening arguments.
Trump’s lawyers will also have 24 hours over two “session days” in the Senate to offer a response to the impeachment managers. If they use both Friday and Saturday, then senators will have up to 16 hours, probably next Monday and Tuesday, to ask questions.
That likely means debate over whether to allow witnesses in the trial and to subpoena the White House for documents would take place next Wednesday. If McConnell is able to prevent 51 senators from voting in favor of witnesses, the trial could be done by the end of next week.
The House impeachment team and Trump’s lawyers exchanged a series of legal briefs over the weekend, previewing what their arguments will be in the trial.