Rules set for Trump Impeachment Trial

WASHINGTON D.C.--- Tuesday, the US Senate approved rules for President Trump's impeachment trial set by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The vote passed on party lines after hours of debate.

The trial will give both House impeachment managers and the president's defense team 24 hours to present opening arguments over three days. The Senate will then have 16 hours to ask questions, followed by a vote to include witnesses and documents. 

If there no witnesses presented, the Senate would then vote on acquittal or conviction. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer introduced 11 amendments to the proposed rules that all failed on party line votes.

The final rules were approved shortly before 2 a.m. by a vote of 53 -47. The House impeachment managers are expected to begin presenting their opening statements Wednesday afternoon. 

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