Senate passes impeachment rules after nearly 13 hours of debate

by Jordyn Pair · Jan 22nd, 2020 10:29 am

The Senate has passed Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's resolution setting the rules of President Trump's impeachment trial along party lines just before 2 a.m. Wednesday.

According to the resolution, the House case managers will have 24 hours over three days to make their arguments on why Trump should be removed from office. The articles of impeachment charge Trump with abuse of power and obstructing Congress. Attorneys for the White House will also have 24 hours over three days to make their case.

Senators will then have 16 hours to submit questions to both sides before calling witnesses or subpoenaing documents.

McConnell originally only provided two days for each side to make its argument, but revised the resolution after Democrats pointed out that they would be making arguments until 1 a.m. or later, barring much of the country the chance to watch the proceedings.

The resolution also allows each side to file motions not directly related to witnesses or subpoenas by 9 a.m. on Wednesday.