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Day 1 of Trump Impeachment Trial: Defiant Senate Votes Down 11 Attempts By Democrat Leaders To Subpoena Witnesses And Documents

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Day 1 of Trump Impeachment Trial: Defiant Senate Votes Down 11 Attempts By Democrat Leaders To Subpoena Witnesses And Documents

 
The U.S. Senate plunged into President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial with Republicans abruptly abandoning plans to cram opening arguments into two days but solidly rejecting Democratic demands for more witnesses to expose Trump’s “trifecta” of offenses.
A marathon session of nearly 13 hours started Tuesday with a setback for Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell and the president’s legal team, exposing a crack in the GOP ranks and the growing political unease over the historic impeachment proceedings unfolding amid a watchful public in an election year. But it ended near 2 a.m. Wednesday with Republicans easily approving the new trial rules largely on their terms.
“It’s about time we bring this power trip in for a landing,” said White House counsel Pat Cipollone, the president’s lead lawyer, lashing out at the House Democrats prosecuting the case.
 
 


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