Schumer, McConnell agree on terms for Senate trial; will start Tuesday

Schumer, McConnell agree on terms for Senate trial; will start Tuesday
Mitch McConnell, Chuck Schumer (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – Interestingly still open-ended about calling witnesses.  Trump’s team will presumably be happy not to call them.  It will be up to the House managers whether they want to open that Pandora’s Box.  If they do, Trump’s defense can call whatever witnesses it wants – if the presiding officer (Senator Leahy) doesn’t allow it, the sense of injustice and unconstitutionality will increase exponentially.]

The timeline would allow the trial to wrap up as early as next week, if both sides agree not to call witnesses.

Under the deal, the Senate will debate and vote on Tuesday on whether the trial is constitutional. The effort to declare the trial unconstitutional will fall short after Rand Paul (R-Ky.) forced a vote on the issue late last month. Forty-four GOP senators supported his effort.

Opening arguments will start on Wednesday. Under the deal, the House impeachment managers and Trump’s team will have 16 hours over two days each to present their case to the Senate.  …

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The deal also leaves the door open to calling witnesses. The House impeachment managers previously invited Trump to testify under oath, an offer his attorneys rejected. They haven’t yet said if they will try to get the Senate to call other witnesses.

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