US Senate passed impeachment rules after nearly 13 hours of debate

US Senate passed impeachment rules after nearly 13 hours of debate
The Senate vote was cast along party lines. Source: Senate TV
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Daily US Times, Washington: The US Senate passed a resolution laying out a blueprint for President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. On early Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s resolution passing votes was along party lines.

The resolution was passed after a daylong back-and-forth between House prosecutors and lawyers for the White House.

Senate had earlier voted down several amendments proposed by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to subpoena documents and call witnesses.

Trump’s party holds the majority in the Senate.

The vote came after Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., suggested senators were voting for a “cover-up”. Trump’s legal team sharply criticized the comment.

Chief Justice John Roberts admonished both House managers and Trump’s counsel.

He urged both parties “in equal terms to remember that they are addressing the world’s greatest deliberative body.”

Under the terms of the US Senate passed resolution, the House case managers will have 24 hours over three days to make their arguments for why the president should be removed from office on charges of abuse of power and obstructing Congress.

Trump’s legal team also has the same time to defend the President. They will state their case about why Trump should be acquitted on the two articles of impeachment.

Senators then will have 16 hours to submit questions to both sides before they decide whether to call witnesses or subpoena documents.

In an interview with a Media, Donald Trump boasted that, if Trump impeached, the tv ratings should be increased than these of another impeachment in historical past.

All over the place, I am going; people inform me that if I’m impeached, they’re going to watch it, he mentioned. TV ratings are going to be through the roof.

He mentioned that he anticipated his impeachment ratings to be many, many times the scale of the viewers for Bill Clinton.

Articles of impeachment against Trump

The House passed two articled of Impeachment against the President. Both the articles surfaced after Trump pushed Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate his political rival Joe Biden in a July phone call. The articles of impeachment read, ‘President Trump has acted in a manner contrary to his trust as a president and subversive of constitutional government, to the great prejudice of the cause of law and justice, and to the manifest injury of the people of the United States.’