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20 January, 2020 00:00 00 AM
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Trump trial may be over in 2 weeks

AFP, Washington
Trump trial may be over in 2 weeks

Bill Clinton’s 1999 impeachment trial lasted five weeks; Andrew Johnson’s went on for three months in 1868.

If the White House and Republicans have their way, President Donald Trump’s trial will be over in two weeks, just in time for him to celebrate his expected acquittal in the February 4 State of the Union Address.

But that depends on Republicans being able to block Democrat demands to subpoena documents and witnesses that could strengthen the case against the president.

So far, Republicans, led by Trump’s tough protector, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have the upper hand.

Trump’s trial for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress opened with a solemn, ceremonial reading of the charges in the Senate on Thursday, but the rules and schedule have not been set.

That will be decided on Tuesday, with the 100 senators debating voting on procedures: the time given to opening arguments from the prosecution and defense, and questioning by the senators—the jury in the case. The key issue: witnesses -

Democrats are demanding that the Senate agree to subpoena crucial documents and four current and former senior White House officials to testify.

They include former national security advisor John Bolton and Trump acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.

Both are believed to have first-hand knowledge of what Trump is accused of: using his powers illicitly to pressure Ukraine to help his 2020 reelection campaign by investigating his potential Democratic opponent Joe Biden.

The White House blocked the impeachment investigation in the House of Representatives from accessing the witnesses and documents, and shows no sign of giving in now.

McConnell says the issue won’t be decided until after the trial’s initial arguments and questioning take place, and has made clear he doesn’t see the need anyway.

 

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