Over a month after the House passed two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, his trial in the Senate is finally set to begin.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has drafted a resolution to govern the proceedings that establishes a fast pace for the initial phase of the trial, and the Democrat flank led by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has declared its tremendous displeasure with it, according to the Washington Examiner.
McConnell in charge
The Washington Examiner reports that it has obtained a copy of McConnell’s resolution. According to the measure’s language, the Democrat impeachment managers will be given a total of 24 hours to make their case over a period of two days. Another provision in the resolution prohibits the calling of witnesses who have not first been privately deposed.
“This resolution provides for the production of materials from the House trial to be printed and made available to all senators, and it allows for a vote at a later time on the question of whether or not it may be admitted as part of the Senate trial,” a Republican aide is quoted as saying.
However, this approach isn’t sitting well at all with the Democrats’ leader in the upper chamber.
“After reading his resolution, it’s clear Sen. McConnell is hell-bent on making it much more difficult to get witnesses & documents and intent on rushing the trial through,” Schumer fumed in a tweet.
Impeachment rules “a national disgrace”
“On something as important as impeachment, Sen. McConnell’s resolution is nothing short of a national disgrace,” Schumer declared.
“Under this resolution, Senator McConnell is saying he doesn’t want to hear any of the existing evidence, and he doesn’t want to hear any new evidence,” he continued in a an accompanying statement.
“A trial where no evidence — no existing record, no witnesses, no documents — isn’t a trial at all. It’s a cover up, and the American people will see it for exactly what it is,” Schumer added.
“Furthermore, Senator McConnell’s resolution stipulates that key facts be delivered in the wee hours of the night simply because he doesn’t want the American people to hear them,” the New York Democrat complained.
Schumer’s incendiary comments did not stop there, as he flatly stated that “Any senator that votes for the McConnell resolution will be voting to hide information and evidence from the American people.”
The senator concluded by threatening direct action of his own to include the introduction of “amendments to address the many flaws in this deeply unfair proposal and to subpoena the witnesses and documents we have requested.”