President Trump faces charges of obstruction of Congress and abuse of presidential power after the House of Representatives impeached him. Following the impeachment, the Senate will hold a trial to convict or acquit President Trump, which is scheduled to begin today, Jan. 22.
Senators, House impeachment managers and President Trump's lawyers convened yesterday to discuss the details of the trial proceeding. Here is everything you need to know before the trial starts.
- Seven House impeachment managers will be acting as the prosecutors in the case while Trump's lawyers will be the defense team. It is up to the impeachment managers to convince the Senate to convict President Trump.
- Before yesterday's meeting, the White House asked for President Trump's immediate acquittal arguing that neither of the charges were crimes or impeachable offenses and called the impeachment process "rigged."
- President Trump's lawyers and Senate allies are working to keep former national security advisor John Bolton from testifying.
- Impeachment managers urged senators to reject the rules that McConnell laid out. Democrats introduced five amendments they would like to make to his draft, but the Senate voted them down.
- The amendments would have subpoenaed certain documents from the White House, the State Department and the Office of Management and Budget.
- McConnell made two changes to his proposed rules after backlash from Democrats. This comes after Republican Sen. Susan Collins argued the rules for President Trump's trial should not deviate too much from the last impeachment trial.
- One of the changes was to automatically submit evidence from the impeachment inquiry into the trial.
- The second change was to allow impeachment managers and defense attorneys to spread out their arguments over three days instead of two. Each group still 24 hours to present their side of the case, but this will allow for shorter days.
- Democrats insisted on the extra time for the case so that the trial would not go into the early hours of the morning and Americans would more likely be awake to watch the trial.
- McConnell proposed a resolution for a "swift trial" but Democrats argued that it is an attempt to "cover up" for Trump.
- Senate Democrats are still hoping for more changes to be made, such as the acceptance of new evidence they did not gather during the impeachment trial.