Mitch McConnell Lays Down Rules And Schedule For Impeachment In The Senate

Impeachment moves to the Senate this week.

Luckily, Mitch McConnell is running the show, and he has already begun setting the rules for how it’s all going to work.

FOX News reports:

Trump impeachment: How the Senate trial’s first day may proceed, hour by hour

Once the Senate gets through the basics, it’s time for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to offer his resolution dictating the parameters of the trial. McConnell’s proposal is formally known as a “motion” in Senate parlance.

And, by rule, the Senate then has two hours per side to debate the McConnell plan. The Senate will have to eat up all of that two hours, unless there is unanimous consent – meaning all 100 senators agree — to cut things short.

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The seven House managers and members of Trump’s defense team – not any senators – would debate the proposal…

The Senate has something known as “the amendment tree.” One could think of the McConnell proposal as the “trunk” of the tree. Schumer’s proposal is a “branch” of the tree. Schumer’s proposal, or proposals – so, sprigs growing off of the Schumer branch of the tree – all would represent possible amendments on which the Senate likely will have to debate and conduct a roll call vote on Tuesday evening…

The McConnell plan would provide for a total of 24 hours for the House managers to present their case, and 24 hours for the president’s defense team. Then, 16 hours for written questions, submitted by senators, through the chief justice. Then, consideration of witnesses and documents, potentially during the middle of next week.

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Axios offers this condensed version of the proceedings:

Details: Under the resolution, House Democratic managers and Trump’s defense team will each be given up to 24 hours over two days to present their cases.

– Senators will then have 16 hours to submit their questions to Chief Justice John Roberts.

– After the Q&A period, the Senate will vote on whether to consider and debate witness subpoenas.

– If the Senate votes no, no one will be permitted to call for new witnesses or documents, according to a Republican leadership aide.

– If the Senate votes yes, both sides will have an opportunity to motion to subpoena witnesses, then senators will debate and vote on them.

– Then the Senate will vote on whether to convict the president and remove him from office.

The biggest question now is how long this will last.

Stay tuned.


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