Senate impeachment proceedings begin as a trump card and last-minute adds reinforcements to the team of the defence

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After an opening volley of back-and-forth arguments, the President of Trump lawyers and Democrats ” impeachment Manager on Monday, the Senate impeachment procedures are set procedures to start at 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday with the expectation that they will stretch far into a wild night on Capitol Hill, even as important questions of procedure, including the timeline for debate and whether further witnesses to testify, remain uncertain, and hotly contested.

In a surprise move Monday night, a detachment of high-profile house Republicans announced that they will join formally, the President of the legal team, including Reps. Doug Collins, Mike Johnson, Jim Jordan, Debbie Lesko, Mark Meadows, John Ratcliffe, Elise Stefanik and Lee Zeldin. The last-minute show of force, emphasized the fluid nature of the Senate study, which also feature a full-throated arguments against the impeachment of Constitution researchers Alan Dershowitz and Clinton Prosecutor Ken Starr.

“We are not planning for you to represent the statements said on the Senate,” a senior administration official to Fox News, in reference to the latest additions to Trump the defense team, under the direction of White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and Trump’s personal lawyer Jay Sekulow. “The group will also continue to be a critical accompaniment to the case, due to their high familiarity with the facts and evidence.”

Democrats, meanwhile, seethed openly since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., failed in their gambit to force Senate majority Leader Mitch would McConnell, rotate the hand in front of the house, on the indictment to the Senate. Pelosi had made an effort, a commitment to to call so that Democrats, in front of witnesses, to go arguments in the study, but, with only a few hours, until the proceedings have been initiated, McConnell, R-Ky., dashed these hopes.

McConnell specifically revealed on Monday that he wanted to give a shortened, two-day calendar for each page, opening speeches, at 12 hours per day. After the four days after the opening arguments, the senators would be allowed, up to 16 hours of written questions to the Prosecutor and the defence, followed by four hours of debate. Only then votes on the calling of other witnesses, probably next week would be it. At the end of the deliberations, the Senate would then vote on each impeachment.

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Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney said in a statement Monday night that McConnell’s resolution, is a total of “closely with the rules package approved 100-0 during the Clinton study. If it is attempted, the vote on the witnesses before the opening arguments, I would counter these efforts.” Romney has been check by a small number of Republican senators who said they wanted to, witness statements, and documents that are not part of the house impeachment inquiry.

Democrats, however, were outraged. Senate majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, called the McConnell-rules-package a “national disgrace,” adding, “it is clear, sen. McConnell is hell on bent to get that it is much more difficult, witnesses, and documents, and the intention to rush the process through.”

Even before McConnell’s announcement, congressional Democrats complained apparently were off-balance: “The house-Manager has absolutely no idea what starts the structure of the study two days before the hearing,” a source with the house Democrats to work on the impeachment Fox News late Sunday.

“It’s totally unfathomable,” fumed a source other with the Democrats. “Is sen. McConnell will have a 12-hour-days trial version, which is up to 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning?”

McConnell is expected to kick-off the afternoon of the procedure by the introduction of his proposed resolution is passed for the Parameter for the test version, what he has said, with at least 53 votes. The senators are not directly speaking in the debate on the McConnell’s resolution, what you participate in is planned to last for about two hours-only members of the Trump, the defense team, and the seven Democrats to serve as house impeachment managers expected that.


Schumer will likely then its counter-proposals to the McConnell motion, followed by another two hours of discussion among the executives, and Trump’s counsel. Potential proposals for a request to subpoena certain witnesses-including, potentially, Rudy Giuliani associate, Lev Parnas, or the former National security adviser John Bolton to adapt — or debate of the time.

Then, at about 6 p.m. ET, or even later, Fox News is told, is to be expected that a closed session of the Senate of indeterminate length after the debates. When the Senate returns to public session, the legislature-including two leading Democratic presidential contenders, Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders’s proposal is — is likely to vote on amendments to McConnell’s proposal, then McConnell’.

McConnell’s proposal was also said to release a so-called “kill switch” to move so that Trump the team, the indictment in the Senate quickly.


In a sign of the prevailing give-no-ground mentality, the blows traded prior to the study, Trump’s legal team with in-house prosecutors on Monday, claiming the President had “absolutely nothing wrong” and called on the Senate to reject an indictment, if it is as “fragile” and a “dangerous perversion of the Constitution.” The lawyers complain about the impeachment process as a manipulated and insisted that the abuse of power was a crime.

The house Democrats, the President indicted last month on two charges: abuse of power by the withholding of US military aid to Ukraine, as he pressed the country to Biden investigate rival Joe, and obstruction of Congress by refusing to comply with your investigation.

“It is a constitutional travesty.”

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The 110-page submission from the White house shifted the tone to a legal answer. It hinged on Trump’s claim that he had done nothing wrong and to not commit a crime, as well as poking holes in the hearsay-a witness offered by Democrats.

For example, the White house pointed out that the EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland had said that he was “come to believe” that the assistance to Ukraine was made in connection with an investigation of Biden, “before the conversation with the President.” In addition, the lawyers Trump noted that Sondland approved, the “no evidence” other than his “own guess”, and that he was “speculation” is based on hear say, that the Trump-administration meeting is always associated with a the White house with Ukraine, heads of state and government at the beginning of an investigation.

“It is a constitutional travesty,” the attorneys wrote.


In addition, the White house will be released thought to the Ministry of justice legal opinions, to strengthen the case for defying subpoenas from the Congress in the impeachment request.

An opinion, dated Sunday, said trump administration officials were free to ignore the subpoenas sent last fall, before the house of representatives had formally the authorization for a charge request. Approval, the memo said, was necessary before the Congress committees could begin their own investigations and issuing subpoenas for documents and testimony.

A copy of the Senate the draft of a resolution offered by Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in relation to the proceedings during the impeachment of President Trump. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

The opinion was significant because one of the two indictment will be taken up this week by the Senate, and accused Trump of obstruction of Congress.

Meanwhile, the prosecution team of the house managers has to spend another day on Capitol Hill, preparing for the trial, which will be held under high security. The Democrats made their way through the crowds of tourists in the rotunda, the tour of the Senate hall.

In its own filing Monday, the house prosecutors, Trump responded “not guilty” plea to make fresh demands for a fair trial in the Senate. “President Trump claims that his indictment is a partisan ‘dizziness.’ He is wrong,” the prosecutors wrote in their response.

You wrote that the President can’t have it both ways — the rejection of the facts of the house, but also the blockade policy of the Congress of the witnesses and testimony subpoenas. “Senators, honor their own oaths, by a fair trial with all relevant evidence,” she wrote.

No President has ever been removed from the Senate. The current Senate, not to be expected with a 53-47 Republican majority, is to mount the two-thirds voted required for a conviction. Even if it argues did the White house team, it is a “Constitution would be contrary to the belief,” because the indictment were too wide.


Administration officials have argued that a similar inaccuracy applied to the perjury case in the Clinton impeachment trial.

The White house has also proposed, the house of the enquiry was to examine because of it, Biden or his son, Hunter, who served on the board of a gas company in the Ukraine in a lucrative role, while his father pursued the policy on Ukraine as a Vice-President. The Democrats should insist on calling witnesses, such as Parnas and Bolton, the Republicans have publicly suggested that they may press you for a summons, the three-piece.

Fox News’ Caroline McKee, Chad Pergram, John Roberts and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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