Senate Majority and Minority Leaders Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell have reportedly reached an agreement on the structure of the impending impeachment trial. “All parties have agreed to a structure that will ensure a fair and honest Senate impeachment trial of the former president,” Schumer said.
On Tuesday, the trial will include four hours evenly split between the Democrat impeachment managers and Trump’s team to present arguments regarding the constitutionality of the trial. The Senate will then hold a vote.
Next, there will be up to 16 hours for the impeachment managers to lay out their case and 16 hours for Trump’s defense. Then each side will be given equal time to respond to Senator’s questions, closing arguments, and Senate deliberations.
According to The Hill:
“For the information of the Senate, the Republican leader and I, in consultation with both the House managers and Former President Trump’s lawyers, have agreed to a bipartisan resolution to govern the structure and timing of the impending trial,” Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said from the Senate floor.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) confirmed on the Senate floor that they have reached a deal, noting that it “preserves due process and the rights of both sides.”
The deal also leaves the door open to calling witnesses. The House impeachment managers previously invited Trump to testify under oath, an offer his attorneys rejected. They haven’t yet said if they will try to get the Senate to call other witnesses.
After that the Senate is expected to have time to ask questions of both sides, as well as potential deliberations. In previous trials, senators have had two days for the question-and-answer session. Schumer didn’t disclose during his speech if he was sticking to that timeline.
The trial will break Friday night for Jewish Sabbath after one of Trump’s lawyers made the request.
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