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Wed Jan 22, 2020, 08:22 AM

Trump Impeachment Trial Recap: Republicans Balk At McConnell Over Session Rules

After more than 12 hours of action Tuesday, the Senate adopted the ground rules for the coming weeks in President Trump's impeachment trial. It brought a reminder that even this highly scripted ordeal may include a few surprises after all.

Senators did not agree to the first draft of rules proposed by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., notwithstanding his party's control of the chamber and his reputation as a savvy counter of votes.

He had repeatedly insisted that the rules for the trial would be modeled on those for the 1999 impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton.

McConnell also said confidently last week that all the members of the GOP conference backed his approach to have the prosecution and defense lay out their arguments and address written questions before turning to the issue of whether to subpoena witnesses or documents.

When members of his own conference reviewed the details of his resolution, McConnell was forced to do something he doesn't have to do often change his plan under pressure from fellow Republicans.

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/21/798317525/trump-impeachment-trial-recap-republicans-balk-at-mcconnell-over-session-rules

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Response to Dulcinea (Original post)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 08:43 AM

1. It takes quite a bit of spin...

... to call that "rebels" who "balked"

This seems to be an exercise in wishful thinking.

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Wed Jan 22, 2020, 08:54 AM

2. He was giving them, Susan Collins, cover.

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