The Senate has adopted the rules for the impeachment trial of President Trump on a party line vote of 53-47, after nearly 13 hours of debate.— CNN (@CNN) January 22, 2020
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer proposed 11 amendments, all of which were killed. https://t.co/qe80f9LxCC
McConnell slightly eased off his push for a compressed calendar during Trump’s impeachment trial.— POLITICO (@politico) January 22, 2020
But he still ran all over Democrats on the Senate floor, winning a series of party line votes on the resolution that will govern the trial.https://t.co/FHZrzoiGBr
Mitt Romney Lets the Left Down On Impeachment and Makes a Good Point Along the Way https://t.co/5L6oFWQkKX— RedState (@RedState) January 22, 2020
Watch Live: Day One of Senate Impeachment Trial of President Donald Trumphttps://t.co/k4whTvRE8Q— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) January 21, 2020
The day has come. https://t.co/4ARKFhgROR— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) January 21, 2020
Sen. Mitch McConnell: "The Senate's fair process will draw a sharp contrast with the unfair and precedent-breaking inquiry that was carried on by the House of Representatives." pic.twitter.com/ky7DqAzNe2— The Hill (@thehill) January 22, 2020
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On Monday night, Rep. Matt Gaetz joined "Tucker Carlson Tonight" to discuss the Senate impeachment trial that is set to begin this week. Rep. Gaetz went on to hit Democratic leadership, and praise Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, adding "the session will be in high octane for the United States Senate and it's my hope that we will push through that and get through this national nightmare as fast as possible."
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In a surprise move Monday night, a detachment of high-profile House Republicans announced that they would formally join President Donald Trump's legal team, including Reps. Doug Collins, Mike Johnson, Jim Jordan, Debbie Lesko, Mark Meadows, John Ratcliffe, Elise Stefanik and Lee Zeldin. The last-minute show of force underscored the fluid nature of Tuesday's Senate trial, which is also set to feature full-throated arguments against impeachment from constitutional scholar Alan Dershowitz and Bill Clinton independent counsel Ken Starr. Trump attorney Jay Sekulow told Fox News' "Hannity" on Monday that Trump's legal team was "champing at the bit and ready to go." He maintained that executive privilege, a longstanding constitutional principle protecting executive branch deliberations from disclosure, by itself defeated the "obstruction of Congress" article of impeachment, while Democrats had only hearsay evidence and speculation to support their "abuse of power" charge. Neither "obstruction of Congress" nor "abuse of power" are federal crimes, and they have no established definition.