McConnell Gives Democrats Just Two Days For Trump Impeachment Trial In Senate

House impeachment managers will have just two days to prosecute their case against President Donald Trump according to a resolution circulated by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, in a move meant to accelerates the timetable for a trial Republicans intend to end in a speedy acquittal. President Trump’s team will also have two days to present their arguments and then senators will have a chance to ask questions and consider subpoenas of witnesses.

According to The Hill, both sides will have 24 hours to make their first round of arguments, the same amount of time House impeachment managers and Bill Clinton’s lawyers received in 1999, but it limits them to just two days each, instead of the three allowed in Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial more than 20 years ago.  A Senate GOP leadership aide noted that prosecutors in the Clinton trial didn’t use all of their allotted time and finished their opening arguments within three days.

The resolution does not require additional witnesses to be subpoenaed, much to the anger of Democrats, and does not allow House prosecutors to admit evidence into the Senate trial record until after the opening arguments are heard. The rules would also allow the president’s team to seek a quick dismissal of the charges, though many Republican senators have said they should at least hear the case.

In response, the top Senate Democrat, Charles Schumer quickly pushed back and vowed to force votes on amendments. “Sen. McConnell’s resolution is nothing short of a national disgrace,” Schumer said in a statement Monday afternoon, further accusing McConnell of casting aside public statements that he would use the same rules as under the Clinton trial, adding that the majority leader is clearly “hell-bent on making it much more difficult to get witnesses and documents and intent on rushing the trial through.”

Schumer also said in a statement Monday evening that he will offer amendments to alter “the many flaws” in a “deeply unfair proposal,” as well as to subpoena further witnesses and documents.

The resolution also includes language favored by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and other GOP moderates requiring a debate and vote on subpoenaing new witnesses and documents.

Republican Senator Lamar Alexander, who worked with McConnell and Collins to modify the resolution, said it “guarantees a vote on whether we need additional evidence at the appropriate time.”

Schumer argues that forcing House managers to cram their opening arguments into a two-day window will force them to present on the Senate floor well into the evening and possibly past midnight.

“McConnell’s resolution stipulates that key facts be delivered in the wee hours of the night simply because he doesn’t want the American people to hear them,” Schumer said.

According to the resolution, House managers will be allowed to begin their arguments 1 p.m. Wednesday.  

In response, a Senate GOP leadership aide told the Hill that in 1999, the House prosecutors and the president’s defense team each used fewer than 12 hours over a three-day period. “This resolution provides the same time but more structure for the arguments,” the aide said. The resolution also provides 16 hours for senators to ask questions.

In another departure from the 1999 organizing resolution, McConnell’s measure does not allow evidence from the House impeachment inquiry to be entered into the Senate trial record until after the question of additional witnesses and documents receives consideration. McConnell reportedly did this in response to Trump’s lawyers not having the opportunity to cross-examine witnesses at the House hearings.

“The White House was denied due process throughout the 12 weeks of partisan House proceedings,” the source said.

Additionally, according to McConnell’s resolution if the Senate votes at the end of phase one against subpoenaing witnesses, then it will not be possible to consider additional motions on specific witnesses. Democrats have said they want to subpoena former national security adviser John Bolton, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, senior White House adviser Robert Blair and senior Office of Management Budget official Michael Duffey.

The Senate will vote on the resolution Tuesday.

Schumer called on moderate Republican colleagues to reconsider McConnell’s aggressive timeline: “Any senator that votes for the McConnell resolution will be voting to hide information and evidence,” he said in his statement.

“I will be offering amendments to address the many flaws in this deeply unfair proposal and to subpoena the witnesses and documents we have requested,” he added.

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The White House immediately backed McConnell’s rules, but didn’t indicate whether it would press a quick vote on a motion to dismiss.

“Protecting the president’s rights to offer pretrial motions was critical for us to support the package, and we’re very gratified with the resolution,” said Eric Ueland, the White House’s liaison to Congress. “I’m not going to talk about trial strategy publicly.”

“It makes sense” to file a motion to dismiss because in every criminal case where there is no wrongdoing, you should try and get a dismissal, Alan Dershowitz, a member of Trump’s defense team, said in an interview Monday evening.

Earlier on Monday, the White House and impeachment managers from the House of Representatives released a pair of filings where both sides argued that constitutional separation of powers is at stake in the trial.

The president’s 171-page filing contends that the House failed to prove that the president explicitly linked aid for Ukraine to an investigation Trump sought into political rival and former Vice President Joe Biden. And the president’s lawyers argued that the Senate should swiftly reject the impeachment articles.

via zerohedge

32 comments

  1. The Democrats have been absolutely crazy! They used the process not to correct a wrong but to have political results. It needs to end quickly. The disgrace had been warning the Democrats abuse their power in the Congress!

    1. And the Constitution and Federalist 65 both say that impeachment is not to be used for political reasons. Politics was entered into this from the start whe the word “impeach” became the norm from democrats–it is politics, politics, politics!

    2. Chuckie Schumer’s nose is firmly out of joint as he was firmly put in his place by the US Senate. Enough taxpayer dollars have been wasted on three years of dirty political tricks with no merit in them.

      Whatever Chuckie has to say about Trump, on thing is glaringly clear:
      Trump did not turn the oval office into a BORDELLO, Chuckie’s pal , Billy Bob, DID…

  2. “After reading his resolution, it’s clear Sen. McConnell is hell-bent on making it much more difficult to get witnesses & documents and intent on rushing the trial through
    On something as important as impeachment—Sen. McConnell’s resolution is nothing short of a national disgrace”

    Doesn’t that describe EXACTLY what the democrats did in the house?

    1. CrustyOldGeezer, the House has been pushing impeachment since Donald Trump was put into office. That’s three years and counting. More than enough time to press their non-case.

    1. THEY’VE GRADUATED TO THE ‘COMMUNIST’ PARTY OF EVIL AND HATE AND LIES……..

      THERE IS NO OTHER WORD FOR THEM….

      COMMUNIST…..COMMUNIST….COMMUNIST….COMMUNIST….
      COMMUNIST……

  3. The house had their chance to call all of the witnesses the now want in the Senate trial. They held the articles for almost one month but it was dire that they hurry the impeachment. It is the job of the Senate now to vote on the articles not to call witnesses.
    Read the rules!

  4. “The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And even if he is not romantic personally he is very apt to spread discontent among those who are.”

    H.L. Mencken.

  5. “The two enemies of the people are criminals (antifa) and government (democrats): so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.” Thomas Jefferson!

  6. This impeachment is nothing but the stupidly of the demrats,do they think Americans cant see that this is more of the coup,the hatred and fear of our President is evident ,it is the dems that should be on trial here!!! They want to impeach him for something he has not done,but one of their own has and they are upset because the president is on to them,the biggest gallow ever should be built to hang everyone involved with this impeachment and the phoney dossier !!!

  7. Generally, in a trial, the prosecution must show that there is a case to be made beyond a reasonable doubt. Otherwise, the case is dismissed, often before it goes to the jury. Neither of the charges against the President, based on what has been reported by (often leaked from closed-door hearings) the media reaches the level of an impeachable offense. Further, the House followed an extremely partisan process, with hearings held in the basement only with those witnesses Adam Schiff wanted, and Republicans not allowed to call witnesses, or even to question many of the witnesses. The Impeachment verdict was that of a Kangaroo Court, or perhaps I am insulting Kangaroos.

    1. I always thought that kangaroos were smarter than the average Democrat! After all they don’t kill their babies they cradle them and nurture them!

  8. The Democrats have already presented their case and the American people aren’t interested in hearing the same tired arguments from 10 different Senators, just so they can get TV time! I think the ONLY thing that the American people are interested in is what the President’s team has to say since they were not given the opportunity to defend him in the rigged House proceedings!

  9. Chuck Schummer you got hung out to dry by Nancy Pelosi! You know there is NOT a CASE! BUT LIKE the house you are trying to cost TAXPAYERS MONEY! When the truth crime was committ by OBAMA, HILLARY, JOHN KERRY, AND THE DEMONCRAT HOUSE! Who in their right mind would OVER LOOK THE BILLION DOLLARS TO IRAN? Doesn’t take a genius to figure out what when on. Hillary SELLING URANIUM to Russia and knowing dam well the HOUSE APPROVE THE BILLION DOLLARS TO IRAN SO THEY COULD PURCHASE IT FROM RUSSIA.

  10. What is he complaining about the Democrats was able to make their case in the house. Pelosi, also made the comment they don’t need evidence, all that is needed is allegations. That is the Democrats problem if they wanted to rush through this without hearing from both sides.

  11. Do an internet search for Schumer’s letter to then-Pres. Bill Clinton, when he was being impeached. Schumer is such a hypocrite! His opinion of impeachment was 180 degrees off of what it is now, with Pres. Trump, as opposed to when Clinton was impeached.

  12. What was, and is, unfair is the crappy treatment from the dems since 2016……….
    President Trump has accomplished more with his hands tied behind his back by the bullying dems than any President I can remember… wait…it is never….. I have always been an Independent and always tried to vote for who I thought would be the best for this beautiful country. And now I will never vote dem ever again……

  13. What an absolute farce and travesty of justice. Schumer just shut up and crawl back under your rock with the rest of your disgusting party. You were the ones who started this nonsense 3 years ago. And you blame us, the American people for your stupidity. You and your cronies equal lack of transparency by conducting meetings in secret back rooms and letting Schiff leak salient points is what has led us to this debacle. What a sorry excuse for human beings you lot are.

  14. I am sorry Senator Screwmore (Oops! I think that was supposed to be Schumer), there is nothing one can consider important about a process that has been made a mockery of by you and your “party” lead by the “the Four freshmen of the Apocalypse” (alias the Squad) who are inspired by their love for a Socialist/Communist mentality and their loath for America and our Constitutional rule of law.

  15. Nothing was fair about the “House Impeachment Inquiry” Not allowed to cross examine Trump hating witnesses, not allowed to bring in Trump supporting witnesses, keeping republicans out of the meeting, which were held in a secret room, and only snippets of evidence, hand picked by the lying SOB Adam Shifty, were deviously leaked out to the complicit media. Now these fools are demanding fairness???!!! It is quite frankly, LAUGHABLE! Poor excuse for human beings does not even touch on what is going on. This is a COUP, and nothing more. All offenders and I mean all, going back to the genesis of this debacle, should be indicted for treason, prosecuted, found guilty and put away for ever! Clean up the dung that is the democrat party today and let the deep state know they are done! This should never ever happen again!

  16. Carolyn Goodin thank you. I realized this early on. I have said they are treasonous, sedition, and of recent realized that with the coordination of the MSM that they have worked with the house and appear to be co conspirators and should be tried also.

    I want to know who impeaches the people who impeach?
    In any case we remove any and all individuals who have not shown by their actions that they have thwarted the constitution and the will of the people.

    We push the States Constitutional Convention for term limits but also reform impeachment issue to keep it from becoming just by party vote.

  17. The House brought the charges against the President. Know they want the Senate to continue to investigate there charges for them. Why keep dragging the impeachment out, You know all the Senate Democrats will vote to impeach and all the Senate Republicans will vote to acquit. The Senate has the Republicans majority vote.
    Just have a Vote. Case closed. Democrats can start to do there job that they were elected to do.

  18. When this attempted government take over is done can we round up they democrats and hang them? Lets include the democrats in Virginia just for good measure.

    If your a democrat or a democrat voter you are evil and should be put down like a sick animal.

  19. THE DEMS ARE CRYING AGIN….CANT HAVE THEIR OWN WAY….SO WHAT IF IT GOES INTO THE LATE HOURS OF THE NIGHT AND NOT ALL OF AMERICA HEARS EVERY BIT OF IT……WE DIDNT HEAR A STINKEN WORD OF THE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS CRAP THE DEMS PULLED DID WE…..THIS IS WHY WE HAVE THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE….A SEPERATION OF POWERS…..SO THE HOUSE SHOULD JUST SHUT THE HELL UP AND LET THE PROCEEDING BEGIN……I HOPE ALL YOU SWING VOTERS MAKE SURE YOU SWING TO THE REPULICAN SIDE AT ELECTION TIME, BECAUSE YOU KNOW AS I DO THE DEMS ARE NOT FOR US WORKING CLASS AT ALL…THEY ARE ONLY FOR THEMSELVES….AS YOU CAN SEE THEY HAVENT DONE A DAM THING SINCE TRUMP GOT IN EXCEPT TO SPEND ALOT OF OUR TAX MONEY ON BOGUS THEORIES……GO TRUMP 2020……

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