Senate rules passed along party lines, nearly 13 hours after the first day of the trial started. Off to a smooth start.
We’ll be back later today at 1pm when the House starts the first of three days to lay out its case to impeach president Trump.
— Paul McLeod (@pdmcleod) January 22, 2020
Senate adopts ground rules for Trump’s impeachment trial, delaying a decision on witnesses until after much of the proceedings https://t.co/KiXwqL5CUW
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) January 22, 2020
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The first substantive day of President Trump’s impeachment trial opened Tuesday with unexpected internal GOP dissension over its structure, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was forced to revise his proposed rules at the last minute to accommodate a brewing rebellion in his ranks.
That abrupt reversal from Senate leadership began a deeply acrimonious day in the chamber, which dramatically escalated in its final hours when the House managers and the president’s attorneys engaged in language considered so toxic for the staid Senate that Chief Justice John Roberts, who is presiding over the trial, admonished both sides.
In the end, the final parameters of the third impeachment trial of a U.S. president was approved on strictly partisan lines, but the measure passed only after revisions that allowed both sides more time to present their cases, and for findings from the House impeachment probe to be automatically entered into evidence as part of the trial…
Now, both the Democratic impeachment managers and Trump’s defense team will have up to three days each to make their case, and evidence from the House will be entered automatically unless there is an objection. The changes were so last-minute that there were handwritten scribbles in the legislation marking the revisions.
The White House had initially requested condensing the opening arguments into two days for each side, according to several people familiar with the drafting. One senior administration official said it had done so while cautioning that the language could change depending on the needs of Trump and various senators, and that the number of days for opening arguments was a lower priority for the White House…
In a sign of fatigue, at least on the GOP side, McConnell (R-Ky.) halted the trial proceedings shortly before 9:30 p.m. in a bid to negotiate an end to the hours-long debate that seemed destined to go on for much longer. But after a brief recess that allowed for senators to talk, the two sides did not reach a deal to speed things up…
The Oval Office Occupant wants to trumpet his ‘exoneration’ at his State of the Union address in early February. His handlers are terrified that the longer the proceedings run, the more chance he’ll say something so disqualifying, there won’t be a State of the Union speech this year.
There are very, very few authorized ways to protest on Capitol Hill right now
We can't even hum or chant without being threatened with arrest
— L.A. Kauffman (@LAKauffman) January 22, 2020
— ???????????????? (@DemocracyJourno) January 21, 2020
"That's pretty smart on the part of the Democrats. They're taking this time to…make the case against [Trump]…for why the Senate needs to hear from more witnesses, more evidence. And I think to some degree the White House lawyers are making a mistake." —@FoxNews' Chris Wallace pic.twitter.com/EOV9AYcyfO
— CAP Action (@CAPAction) January 22, 2020
While pundits were criticizing Pelosi for delay, House staff and managers were methodically working on their presentations. This is prime time TV and the public will be amped up well before the final votes that matter. Calls will bombard the Senate.
— Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) January 22, 2020
It's 11 pm but the quality differential between House impeachment managers & the Trump legal team remains jarringly wide. Rep. Garcia makes lengthy presentation in favor of subpoena for OMB officials. Pam Bondi speaks for 3 minutes, makes false claim @ House process, & sits down
— Jon Ward (@jonward11) January 22, 2020
Shortly after 5:30pm, Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho) could be seen motionless, eyes closed and head slumped against his right hand
Risch was the first lawmaker
seen by Washington Post reporters to clearly have fallen asleep, four hours after the trial beganhttps://t.co/f77j9r6ytb
— Matt Viser (@mviser) January 22, 2020
These long sessions in to the night, w few breaks, followed by more tomorrow, are probably hard on most senators. But there are several in their 70’s & 80’s. Will one of them get ill or have some serious reaction to the strain?
22 senators are in their 70’s, 5 are in their 80’s
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) January 22, 2020
This trial will be the legacy of the Republican Party. I think there was an argument to be made that Trump alone couldn’t kill the GOP. I don’t agree, but I think a lot of GOPers could at least pretend it was possible to recover from Trump. After today, no more pretending. https://t.co/NRO3vz3Q9O
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) January 21, 2020