Trump trial: Senate approves procedures after heated debate
The U.S. Senate adopted the rules for president Donald Trump’s trial after 13 hours of heated debate on the first day of the trial.
Democrats have clashed with White House lawyers over fair trial rules, while Republicans have prevented Democrats from seeking to allow new evidence to be heard.
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The trial is scheduled to resume Wednesday with Democrats presenting their arguments, followed by the defense and asking questions.
Trump is the third U.S. president to be tried in Congress in American history.
Trump is accused of abuse of power and obstruction of congressional investigations. He denies any wrongdoing.
Trump is on trial in the Senate after the Democratic-dominated House of Representatives indicted him last month.
Trump is not expected to be convicted or removed from office, in the Republican-controlled Senate.
While at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday, Trump rejected the charges, saying they were “just a hoax.”
What was agreed in the Senate?
Democrats and Republicans continued to argue late at night after the trial began Tuesday, and the hearing ended at 2:00 a.m.
The senators participating in the trial were sworn in as jurors, and the hearing was presided over by the Chief Justice of the United States, John Roberts.
What are the procedures for impeaching and prosecuting the President in the United States?
Based on the rules of the trial adopted, the discussions will begin on Wednesday later, and each side will be given 24 hours to present the case, which will take place over three days.
However, the main issue of witnesses and their presence remains unresolved, between controversy and voting, to postpone their arraignment until each party submits its submission to the case, or to be summoned earlier.
Democrats want to hear from the president’s top White House aides, who work closely with him, including Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and former national security adviser John Bolton.
How are the tricks between the Democrats and what they want?
The Senate rejected three attempts by Democrats Tuesday to obtain documents and evidence during the trial, with 53 Republicans voting against the bill against 47 Democrats.
The House also rejected a bill submitted by House Democratic leader Chuck Schumer to request White House files related to Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.
“The process is fair, but there is no case,” said Pat Sepulon, Trump’s lead counsel and counsel.
The proceedings are expected to last several days longer than planned.
What are the charges?
President Trump is first accused of seeking the Ukrainian government’s help in helping him re-elect him in November.
During a telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelinsky, Trump allegedly suspended military aid to Kyiv because he wanted the Ukrainian government to launch a corruption investigation into Joe Biden, who is seeking the presidential election, and whose son, Hunter, served on the board of the Borisma Energy Company of Ukraine.
The second allegation was the president’s refusal to allow White House staff to testify at House hearings last year, and this was a hindrance to congressional work.