Jan 21, 2020

White House details Trump impeachment team's congressional members

President Trump at a rally in Battle Creek, Michigan, in December. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

The White House announced in a statement Monday evening the Republican House members of President Trump's impeachment team.

Details: Reps. Doug Collins, Mike Johnson, Jim Jordan, Debbie Lesko, Mark Meadows, John Ratcliffe, Elise Stefanik and Lee Zeldin will serve on the team "working to combat this hyper-partisan and baseless impeachment," the statement reads. It did not detail what their roles would be.

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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 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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Pelosi slams McConnell trial rules as "deliberately designed to hide the truth"

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) claimed in a statement Tuesday that the rules Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has proposed for President Trump's impeachment trial diverge from the Clinton precedent and show he has "chosen a cover-up" over a fair trial.

Context: McConnell made public an organizing resolution Monday laying out the terms for the trial, which include 24 hours over two days for each side to present their cases. It would block evidence discovered in the House impeachment investigation from being presented without a separate vote, and it would delay a vote on whether to subpoena witnesses and documents until later in the trial.

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