June 17, 2021

WATCH: Senate Impeachment Trial Begins With Fight Over Rules

The first full day of the Trump impeachment trial will be dominated by partisan fighting over the rules of the proceedings.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released his resolution outlining the next steps, including a week of hours-long opening arguments, on Monday.

Watch the floor action live beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET.

The vote is a culmination of disagreement between Democrats and Republicans over what would constitute a fair trial. The Democrat-led House voted in December to impeach President Trump but held off on transmitting the two articles of impeachment in an attempt to get more details on the trial rules. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., ultimately moved the process forward without the assurances Democrats sought.

McConnell needs a simple majority — 51 votes — to approve his resolution that lays out how much time House impeachment managers and the president’s defense team will get to make their arguments. The Republicans hold 53 seats in the Senate.

McConnell Lays Out Plan For Senate Impeachment Trial Procedure
McConnell Lays Out Plan For Senate Impeachment Trial Procedure
McConnell maintains he based his plan on the rules for the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton in 1999, with each side getting 24 hours. But under his plan, he specifies that time must be used over two session days, forcing both sides to make their case late into the e

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