MADRID, 21 (EUROPE PRESS)
The leader of the Republican majority in the United States Senate, Mitch McConnell, presented on Monday a resolution with the rules to carry out the 'impeachment' against the president, Donald Trump, and has proposed that it be granted to each party 24 hours to present your case, which would be divided into two sessions of 12 hours each.
The four-page resolution must be approved this Tuesday in the Senate. It allows the congressmen who will be responsible for exercising the accusation against Trump, called 'managers', and the president's legal team have the same amount of time that was already offered in the political trial against former President Bill Clinton.
Thus, and according to the CBS television network, accusation and defense, they will have two days, and for 12 hours, to transfer their arguments. If the resolution is approved, they would begin on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. (local time, 7:00 p.m. in Spain), which means that the sessions could end every day after midnight.
After opening the turn of arguments and another 16 hours of questions from the senators, there will be a vote to decide whether to call witnesses or not.
“If the Senate agrees to allow the House of Representatives or the president to summon witnesses, the witnesses will be deposited first and the Senate will decide, after the declaration, which witnesses will testify, in accordance with the rules of the impeachment,” as can be read in the document.
“No testimony will be admissible in the Senate unless the parties have had the opportunity to remove such witnesses. At the conclusion of the Senate deliberations, the Senate will vote on each article of the political trial,” adds the resolution of the rules.
The leader of the Democratic minority in the United States Senate, Chuck Schumer, has criticized the rules proposed by McConnell and described them as “national misfortune.”
“After reading his resolution, it is clear that Senator McConnell is committed to making witnesses and documents much more difficult and trying to speed up the trial,” Schumer said. “In something as important as the political trial, Senator McConnell's resolution is nothing less than a national misfortune,” he has settled.
Schumer has also censored that McConnell has made public the resolution of the rules “at the last minute”, referring to “he does not want people to study it (the 'impeachment') or know about it.”
On the other hand, the leader of the Democratic minority in the Senate has complained that McConnell's proposal does not follow the precedent set in the political trial against Clinton, even though he promised it would be.
“McConnell's rules dramatically deviate from Clinton's precedent in ways designed to prevent the Senate and the American people from knowing the truth about President Trump's actions that justified his' impeachment,” according to Schumer.
Likewise, it has provided concrete differences with the process to Clinton and has indicated that the proposal of the upper house “does not even allow the simple basic step of admitting the registration of the House of Representatives as evidence in the trial.”
“He is saying that he does not want to hear any of the existing evidence and that he does not want any new evidence,” he continued, while adding that a trial without witnesses, documents or evidence is not a trial, but “a cover-up.”
In this regard, he has accused McConnell of wanting to hide the evidence against Trump, referring to “he wants the key facts delivered in the early hours of the night, simply because he doesn't want the American people to listen to them.” “Clear and simple”, has settled.
“Finally, Clinton's resolution allowed witnesses to be fired only after hearing the arguments,” Schumer added, but “this resolution allows for dismissal at any time.”
However, he has said that Democrats can “vote on witnesses and documents before their resolution is passed tomorrow, and we will do so.” “The accusation is one of the few powers that Congress has when a president overreaches. Limiting both the political trial and making it much less serious is very, very wrong and we will fight with nails and teeth,” he concluded.
The 'impeachment' arrived in the Senate on Wednesday after the House of Representatives appointed the seven 'managers' and sent the statement of objections to the upper house, thereby losing control of the political trial against Trump.
A LONG PROCESS
The House of Representatives, of democratic majority, initiated an official investigation in September to determine if there was a legal basis to launch the 'impeachment' against the tenant of the White House, something he finally did in December.
Trump is accused of pressuring his Ukrainian pair, Volodimir Zelenski, to open two investigations: one on the alleged corrupts of the Democratic candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter in the European country and another on the “discredited theory” that it was Kiev, not Moscow, who interfered in the 2016 presidential elections.
According to US congressmen, Trump conditioned the opening of these two investigations on an “anxious” visit of Zelenski to the White House and the military aid that the United States gives to Ukraine in the framework of the war in Donbas.
The lower house is convinced that Trump was seeking to harm Biden and the Democrats in the face of the 2021 presidential elections, in which he will try to get a second term.
The New York tycoon has defended his innocence at all times, emphasizing that there was no “quid pro quo” with Zelenski, and has denounced that he is the victim of a “witch hunt” of the Democrats because they have not yet digested their 2016 electoral victory .
Trump, who after this process will be dismissed or acquitted, has been sure that the Senate will knock down the 'impeachment' thanks to the Republican majority. He is the third president of the United States to submit to a political trial, after Democrats Andrew Johnson (1868) and Bill Clinton (1998). Richard Nixon resigned before reaching this point.