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Tue Jan 21, 2020, 03:17 PM

Senate Democrats win 2 key changes to Trump impeachment trial rules

Source: CNBC

WASHINGTON – Senate Democrats won two key changes to the rules of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial as proceedings kicked off Tuesday afternoon.

The changes will permit each sides’ opening arguments to span three days, instead of two, and will also admit materials into evidence from the House investigation into Trump last fall.

The surprise last-minute changes were revealed Tuesday afternoon during a formal reading on the Senate floor of the resolution governing the rules of the trial. A spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer later confirmed the changes to CNBC.

“After massive pressure from Senate Democrats and the public, Senator McConnell has made two changes to his organizing resolution for the Senate impeachment trial,” Schumer aide Justin Goodman said in an email.

Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/21/senate-democrats-win-2-changes-to-trump-impeachment-trial-rules.html

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Reply Senate Democrats win 2 key changes to Trump impeachment trial rules (Original post)
brooklynite Jan 21 OP
CaliforniaPeggy Jan 21 #1
Squidly Jan 21 #2
cstanleytech Jan 21 #5
Fiendish Thingy Jan 21 #3
lagomorph777 Jan 21 #6
FBaggins Jan 21 #7
FBaggins Jan 21 #4

Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 03:20 PM

1. How about that? MoscowMitch does yield to pressure.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 03:33 PM

2. The wall is beginning to crack...

I hope

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 03:54 PM

5. Question is will he yield and allow witnesses or prevent them from testifying to protect Trump?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 03:35 PM

3. So, they're basically back to the Clinton impeachment rules nt

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Response to Fiendish Thingy (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 04:00 PM

6. So they'll depose witnesses on video, and play the videos in the Senate?

No?

Then no, not like Clinton rules.

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #6)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 04:11 PM

7. That isn't really "the Clinton rules"... that's how the rules played out

It's actually true that they didn't vote on whether or not to include new witnesses until after the initial case/defense were presented.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 03:46 PM

4. I'm not seeing how these are "key" changes

So they'll have three days instead of two (but the same number of hours)? Not exactly a big deal.

And admitting the existing materials as part of this vote instead of a separate vote (that would have passed overwhelmingly)?

I think they set these up as low-hanging fruit so that they could look bipartisan.

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