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Senators struggle without their phones at Trump's impeachment trial, where all electronics are banned

Senators struggle without their phones at Trump's impeachment trial, where all electronics are bannedSenators had a hard time following the strict no-phone policy while listening in on 12-hour days of arguments during Trump's impeachment trial.



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Joe Biden won't testify in Trump's impeachment trial even it means John Bolton will

Joe Biden won't testify in Trump's impeachment trial even it means John Bolton willWhile President Trump's desire to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden launched his impeachment investigation and eventual trial in the first place, Biden is officially distancing himself from the whole thing.When asked Wednesday if he'd consider testifying in exchange for testimony from former National Security Adviser John Bolton, Biden said he wants "no part of that," per The Washington Post. It's "not an irrational question to ask," Biden conceded, but said "the reason I would not make the deal, the bottom line is, this is a constitutional issue. We're not going to turn it into a farce or political theater."Democrats, namely the House's impeachment managers, have continually pushed for the Senate to allow Bolton to testify in Trump's trial. Bolton has said he would be willing to do so, and even some Republicans have indicated their interest in hearing from him. Other Republicans have insisted they'd like to hear from Hunter Biden as well, with some saying Biden and Bolton's testimonies should be conducted in pairs.Biden's comments follow Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's (D-N.Y.) assurance earlier in the day that a witness swap was "off the table," even regarding Hunter Biden.More stories from theweek.com Giants quarterback Eli Manning retires after 16 seasons The White House is arguing the impeachment articles don't include allegations of a quid pro quo because the exact words don't appear Several senators left the chamber in the middle of Adam Schiff's impeachment remarks



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Under McConnell's rules, Trump's impeachment trial could last well past midnight or end immediately

Under McConnell's rules, Trump's impeachment trial could last well past midnight or end immediatelyThe Senate will vote Tuesday on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-K.Y.) proposed rules for President Trump's impeachment trial. If they approve the rules, the senators will be voting for some very late nights at the office.McConnell's rules allow 24 hours for opening arguments over two sessions. If Trump's team and the House Democratic impeachment managers use all their time, it "could push testimony past midnight," The Washington Post reports. That would be a long time for senators to sit quietly without checking their phones, assuming they show up for the trial, but arguably worse for Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.> Roberts should insist that he will not preside for 12 hours. He still has to be alert during the morning. This is coverup on steroids. We should all protest. t.co/8khPub1vRP> > — Jill Wine-Banks (@JillWineBanks) January 21, 2020After the opening arguments, senators would have 16 hours to question Trump's team and the House managers, then four hours to debate whether to allow witnesses and new evidence — and then, whether to allow the House's impeachment documents to be admissible as evidence. That's "a key difference from the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton," the Post notes. "Though the material will be printed and made available to senators, it won’t be automatically admissible unless a majority of senators approve it."All this may be a moot point, though, because McConnell's rules also allow Trump's team to move to dismiss the charges at any time after the rules are adopted, so 51 senators could end the trial right away. Fox News congressional reporter Chad Pergram isn't impressed.> McConnell’s resolution stipulates that key facts be delivered in the wee hours of the night simply because he doesn’t want the American people to hear them. Any senator that votes for the McConnell resolution will be voting to hide information & evidence from the American people> > — Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) January 20, 2020University of Texas constitutional law professor Steve Vladeck suggests McConnell might not have had impartial justice in mind.> As @nycsouthpaw points out, inverting the process like this will create some real awkwardness—and seems designed, quite clearly, to make it much easier for Senators to argue against reopening the process to accommodate any new witnesses/testimony after the arguments are complete. t.co/c0pTIRa18k> > — Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) January 20, 2020"All 53 Republican senators are expected to support the rules as written by McConnell," the Post reports.More stories from theweek.com Report: Several Senate Democrats are talking about trading the testimony of Hunter Biden for John Bolton White House counsel falsely claims Adam Schiff blocked Republicans from attending classified impeachment meetings More U.S. service members receiving treatment following Iranian missile attack



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Mitch McConnell pulled a 'Machiavellian' move to swing Trump's impeachment trial in his favor

Mitch McConnell pulled a 'Machiavellian' move to swing Trump's impeachment trial in his favorConstitutional scholars told Insider McConnell's maneuver was "cynically Machiavellian" and a "hyperpartisan" manipulation of Senate norms.



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New poll on the eve of Trump's impeachment trial finds that 51% of Americans think he should be removed from office

New poll on the eve of Trump's impeachment trial finds that 51% of Americans think he should be removed from officeA slim majority of Americans in a new CNN poll said the Senate should convict President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial.



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AP FACT CHECK: Distortions in Trump's legal defense

AP FACT CHECK: Distortions in Trump's legal defensePresident Donald Trump’s defense against impeachment charges, as laid out in his legal argument released Monday, has distortions at its core. Trump through his lawyers assails Democrats for trying to upend the results of an election, which is precisely the point of impeachment in the Constitution. The case asserts Trump committed no crime, a benchmark for impeachment that the Constitution’s authors avoided adopting in a well-documented debate.



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Did Congress Make a Mistake With Trump's U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement?

Did Congress Make a Mistake With Trump's U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement?CATO thinks so.



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Trump's Russia adviser 'escorted from White House' amid investigation

Trump's Russia adviser 'escorted from White House' amid investigationPresident Trump's latest Russia expert has reportedly been escorted from the White House amid claims of a security-related investigation.



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Trump's U.S.-China Trade Deal Is Far From Perfect

Trump's U.S.-China Trade Deal Is Far From PerfectHere are three problems.



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House Democrats argue for Trump's conviction in Senate impeachment trial

House Democrats argue for Trump's conviction in Senate impeachment trialHouse Democrats filed a 111-page legal brief ahead of President Trump's impeachment trial, arguing he threatens national security.The House prosecutors laid out the argument against Trump that led to his impeachment last month on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The legal brief says "evidence overwhelmingly establishes" Trump's guilt and says the Senate "must eliminate the threat" he poses.The White House defense team, meanwhile, has not filed its official brief, but rejected the impeachment managers' arguments as "highly partisan." Without directly addressing allegations Trump abused his power by withholding Ukrainian aid to push for a politically-motivated investigation of his rivals, the White House castigated the "lawless process" that led to his impeachment.Read more at The Washington Post.More stories from theweek.com Fox News' Chris Wallace says Lindsey Graham's view on impeachment witnesses 'directly contradicts' his 1999 position Mindhunter just got Netflixed Giuliani says he'd 'love' to testify in Senate impeachment trial



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