Impeachment: GOP Stayed United, Schiff Put Lawmakers To Sleep, Dems Argue For Fishing Expedition

Sara A. Carter | 1/22/2020 | Staff
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While Senate Republicans stayed united against Democratic attempts to change impeachment rules put in place by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the long hours had lawmakers struggling to stay awake, while some appeared to be dosing off during the first day of the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump.

The late night arguments – repeated over and over again – by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, (D-CA), had some lawmakers wondering if the night would ever come to an end. Schiff, who is the lead prosecutor for the Democrats, was basically reiterating everything he had said during the House impeachment proceedings.

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I was literally falling asleep, waking up and Schiff was still talking. I was wondering if it would ever come to an end.

It did, eventually, after midnight.

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And by early Wednesday morning (that is after midnight) the Senate approved the rules for the impeachment trial on a strict party-line vote. There were only minor changes made by McConnell to the original rules and that would be to delay the vote on the question of whether the Senate should subpoena witnesses. Those subpoena’s would come later in the trial.

President Trump’s attorney’s Pat Cipollone argued before lawmakers Tuesday that the president neither obstructed justice, nor is there any evidence to suggest a ‘quid pro quo’ in the transcript released by the White House regarding Trump’s conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

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Democrats have accused the president of withholding aid to Ukraine in exchange for an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden. Hunter Biden sat on the board of an allegedly corrupt Ukrainian Energy company Burisma Holdings collecting millions of dollars even though he had no experience in the energy sector and his father at the time was overseeing Ukraine policy for the Obama Administration.

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