Here's How The U.S. Senate Impeachment Trial Will Work

LIVE BLOG: Trump’s Senate impeachment trial set to begin with fight over rules

"House Democrats were determined from the outset to find some way - any way - to corrupt the extraordinary power of impeachment for use as a political tool to overturn the result of the 2016 election and to interfere in the 2020 election", the Trump-team filing said."All of that is a risky perversion of the Constitution that the Senate should swiftly and roundly condemn".

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) during a press conference Tuesday said the Senate would be proven "guilty" if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) does not allow their "witnesses or documents" in the impeachment trial.

The rules would leave open the option of voting on witnesses and documentary evidence until after the House and White House have made their opening arguments and senators have had an opportunity to question each side.

"All this is a risky perversion of the Constitution which the Senate should condemn quickly and without detour", the lawyers for the president wrote in their first complete file on Monday.

It also significantly compresses the timeline of Bill Clinton's 1999 trial, and prevents witnesses from being subpoenaed until both sides have finished arguing their case - in what Democrats alleged was a bid to prevent fair and open proceedings.

House Republicans noted the irony of Schiff - who they argue set the rules of the House impeachment hearings to disadvantage House Republicans - accusing the Senate of not being impartial.

"It's clear Senator McConnell is hell-bent on making it much more hard to get witnesses and documents and intent on rushing the trial through", Senator Chuck Schumer said. The chamber will debate and vote on the proposed rules Tuesday.

How will the trial proceed?

"In the Clinton case, the President provided all of the documents - more than 90,000 pages of them - before the trial took place". The Iowa caucuses are in less than two weeks. "And it's just increasingly clear that the White House has no answers for why these documents and these witnesses shouldn't be produced", U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of CT told reporters.

House Democrats impeached the president last month on two charges: abuse of power by withholding USA military aid to Ukraine as he pressed the country to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden, and obstruction of Congress by refusing to comply with their investigation.

Roberts' new role presiding over the trial is one of two jobs he is juggling as the impeachment session gets underway.

When the House managers have finished, the president's team will respond.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said he'd call Schiff to be a witness in the Senate impeachment trial, and House Republicans have repeatedly said Schiff should testify in the trial.

After the four days of the opening disputes, the senators are given up to 16 hours for questions to the prosecutor and the defense, followed by four hours of debate. At that point, the Senate will vote generally on whether it should seek witnesses and documents, and then it will consider individual witnesses.

At the end of the deliberations, the Senate would then vote on each article of dismissal. He said McConnell's resolution seems "designed by President Trump for President Trump".

White House Counsel Pat Cipollone arrives at the Capitol Hill.

The doors of the Senate Chamber were closed to spectators and the media during the passageways.

In their own filing Monday, House prosecutors issued fresh demands for a fair trial.

"It appears that leader McConnell made a decision to go along with the president's desire to cover up his wrongdoing, hook, line and sinker", Schumer said. "Trump.pdf" target="_blank">filed a trial memorandum calling the articles of impeachment "an affront to the Constitution and to our democratic institutions".

President Donald Trump walks down the stairs of Air Force One upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base.

The articles state that Trump tried to pressure Ukraine into interfering in the 2020 election to help him win, and then he tried to thwart a congressional probe of his behavior. The impeachment investigation, which focused on Trump's request that the Ukrainian president start an investigation into democratic rival Biden, was never alleged to have found out the truth.

"President Donald J. Trump used his official powers to pressure a foreign government to interfere in a U.S. election for his personal political gain", the prosecutor wrote.

Trump's 12-man legal team is contesting the very idea of his impeachment.

No president has ever been removed from office by the Senate.

With its 53-47 Republican majority, the Senate is not expected to mount the two-thirds vote needed for conviction.

Mr Trump's legal team argued that in seeking new evidence the House was bringing a half-baked case that would be thrown out in any other court of law.

"We're prepared", the senior administration official said.

The White House also suggests that the House investigation was lacking because it did not investigate Biden or his son Hunter, who served on the board of directors of a gas company in Ukraine while his father was a vice- President.

There has been no evidence of wrongdoing by the Bidens.



Other news