US Supreme Court Chief Justice Swears In Senators For Trump Impeachment Trial

US Supreme Court Chief Justice Swears In Senators For Trump Impeachment Trial

US President Donald Trump was technically impeached by the House of Representatives in December 2019 and here's what's going to happen next. "Pat", Trump said at the time when a reporter asked him about whether Cipollone would lead his defense in the Senate.

The US Constitution mandates the chief justice serve as the presiding officer. On Thursday, Senator Rand Paul told The Hill he thought the verdict was "already decided" because he didn't expect any Republicans to vote for impeachment.

Senators in the chamber responded: "I do".

Ms Lewinsky tweeted shortly after Mr Trump's team was announced: "This is definitely an 'are you kidding me?' kinda day", though she inserted an expletive.

The other House prosecutors stood in a row to his side. He's facing increasing pressure to call witnesses during the trial, as new information continues to emerge about President Trump's effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rival, Joe Biden, ahead of this year's presidential election. Trump is also charged with obstructing the probe by Congress.

On Thursday, the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office said the White House's Office of Management and Budget broke the law by withholding the almost $400 million in aid to Ukraine, which had already been allocated by Congress.

Following a White House directive, several key figures in the Trump administration's dealings with Ukraine refused to provide testimony or documents in the House impeachment inquiry.

Pelosi noted that typically a special prosecutor would investigate but she doubted that would happen.

She warned them not to become "all the president's henchmen".

"The gravity of these charges is self-evident", he said.

Critics have seized on that comment, but McConnell has pushed back, accusing Democrats of being the ones playing partisan politics.

Proceedings formally began yesterday and opening statements will be heard on Tuesday.

Dingell explained that supporting impeachment was necessary, despite the potential repercussions, because Trump is "not above the law" and that there was a "credible" case that the events surrounding the phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky were "serious, urgent, and a danger to national security".

The managers are a diverse group with legal, law enforcement and military experience, including Hakeem Jeffries of New York, Sylvia Garcia of Texas, Val Demings of Florida, Jason Crow of Colorado and Zoe Lofgren of California. It also would take only 51 senators to vote to dismiss the charges against Trump.

Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Mitt Romney of Utah, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee are among those involved.

Two are freshmen - Crow a former Army Ranger who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, Garcia a former judge in Houston.

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