The rules resolution — unveiled by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday — provides House managers and Trump’s legal team the same number of hours to make their opening arguments as in the Clinton proceeding but condenses those hours into fewer days. It also doesn’t automatically admit House evidence into the trial.
Democrats immediately castigated the resolution as an attempt to push the debate over impeachment into the early morning hours and out of the public spotlight.
“Sen. McConnell’s resolution is nothing short of a national disgrace,” Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a statement Monday…
But Democrats say they will force votes on calling additional witnesses and documents as part of the chamber’s debate on the trial rules. The resolution can be amended, giving Democrats an opening to shoehorn in what they view as politically tough votes for GOP senators up for reelection in 2020.