Jan 19, 2020

Trump impeachment trial schedule: What’s coming this week

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What to expect:

  • Trump's briefs are due 12 p.m. Monday.
  • House managers' reply is due 12 p.m. Tuesday.
  • The Senate reconvenes at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Shortly after that, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to deliver brief remarks on impeachment.
  • The Senate impeachment trial reconvenes at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Once the trial starts back up, McConnell will immediately introduce a motion on the organizing resolution.

  • That will trigger two hours of debate on the resolution. Senators will have an opportunity to offer amendments. This process could drag on for hours, depending on how many amendments are introduced.
  • The Senate will then vote on the resolution, after which opening arguments will commence.

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McConnell changes rules for Senate impeachment trial

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walks back to the Senate through the Capitol Rotunda. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc. via Getty Images

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell revised the terms for President Trump's impeachment trial during Tuesday's proceedings, after his office released the organizing resolution on Monday.

What's new: The House record will be admitted as evidence, but each side retains the ability to raise motions regarding what can be added or struck as evidence, a McConnell spokesperson told Axios. House Democratic managers and Trump's defense team will be given up to 24 hours over three days to present their cases, instead of the two days in McConnell's original draft.

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Democrats argue Trump brief "lacks a legitimate defense of his misconduct"

House impeachment managers filed Tuesday a response to the White House's 110-page "trial memorandum," arguing that the brief is "heavy on rhetoric and procedural grievances" but lacks a "legitimate defense of his misconduct."

Why it matters: This is the last brief that either side will file before the start of the impeachment trial, which kicks off with a debate on procedures and scope at 1pm Tuesday.

McConnell proposal would push final impeachment vote to Wednesday

McConnell arrives at the Capitol on Friday. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been working on a proposal that would push the final impeachment vote to Wednesday, according to GOP aides familiar with the plan.

Why it matters: The plan isn't final, but it raises the prospect that the Senate's final verdict might not come until after the Iowa caucuses on Monday and President Trump's State of the Union address on Tuesday — unless he delays it.