Trump’s Trial Reaches the Senate

The trial of US President Donald Trump has garnered widespread attention.  The House of Representatives has submitted its response to Trump’s response that the Senate has summoned him for trial.

Donald Trump presented a legal memo calling for the immediate rejection of the two indictments that were brought by the House of Representatives as part of his accountabilty.

Before the House of Representatives until noon (17:00 GMT) to file a motion of opposition to the legal note submitted by the White House, if he so chooses. The trial resumes at 1:00 p.m. (18:00 GMT), and is expected to continue for 6 days per week, except for Sundays.

A January 21 vote on the rules proposed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, which organizes the first phase of the trial that will leave the voting option open later, may be held on whether to call witnesses and possible new evidence.  Democrats are expected to attempt to amend the rules proposed by McConnell, to stipulate the need to call witnesses, which could lead to an expanded debate on the rules of the trial.  Once the rules are passed, the Democratic “directors” of the House of Representatives, who make up the prosecution team, begin to make their case against Trump.

It was not clear if this would start on January 21 or the next day. When the directors of the House of Representatives finish their work, the president’s team responds with introductory pleadings.

It is expected that these arguments will continue for several days before the members of the Senate who work as a jury. After the opening arguments, Senators will be given time to present questions to each side. Democrats are expected to continue to press for witnesses to testify during the trial. And if, as expected, the trial rules of McConnell are passed, then Senators will likely vote sometime after the trial begins whether witness testimonies sought by Democrats will be used. This may be followed by votes to present the final arguments if the majority of the Senate does not approve of the witnesses. Trump is to deliver the annual State of the Union speech at a joint session of both houses of Congress.