Trump’s Impeachment Trial: Senate Organising Resolution

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Micth McConnell, the U.S Senate Majority Leader, Republican

The Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office had sent the organising resolution for the impeachment trial to  Senate offices on Monday, ahead of the impeachment trial that begins Tuesday.

Impeachment Organising Resolution

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116TH CONGRESS
2D SESSION                    S.RES. ___________

To provide for related procedures concerning the articles of impeachment
against Donald John Trump, President of the United States.

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IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
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Mr. MCCONNELL submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the
Committee on_________________________

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RESOLUTION
To provide for related procedures concerning the articles
of impeachment against Donald John Trump, President of the United States.

                                 1    Resolved, That the House of Representatives shall file

                                 2   its record with the Secretary of the Senate, which will con

                                 3  sist of those publicly available materials that have been

                                 4 submitted to or produced by the House Judiciary Com

                                5  mittee, including transcripts of public hearings or mark

                               6  ups and any materials printed by the House of Represent

                               7   atives or the House Judiciary Committee pursuant to

                               8   House Resolution 660. Materials in this record may be

                              9    admitted into evidence by motion made after the Senate

                              10    has disposed of the question of whether it shall be in order

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                                  1 to consider and debate under the impeachment rules any

                                  2 motion to subpoena witnesses or documents. All materials

                                 3 filed pursuant to this paragraph shall be printed and made

                                  4 available to all parties.

                                  5 The President and the House of Representatives shall

                                  6 have until 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 22, 2020,

                                  7 to file any motions permitted under the rules of impeach

                                  8 ment with the exception of motions to subpoena witnesses

                                  9 or documents or any other evidentiary motions. Responses

                                 10 to any such motions shall be filed no later than 11:00 a.m.

                                 11 on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. All materials filed pur

                                12 suant to this paragraph shall be filed with the Secretary

                               13 and be printed and made available to all parties.

                               14 Arguments on such motions shall begin at 1:00 p.m.

                               15 on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, and each side may de

                              16 termine the number of persons to make its presentation,

                              17 following which the Senate shall deliberate, if so ordered

                              18 under the impeachment rules, and vote on any such mo

                              19 tions.

                               20 Following the disposition of such motions, or if no

                               21 motions are made, then the House of Representatives shall

                              22 make its presentation in support of the articles of im

                              23peachment for a period of time not to exceed 24 hours,

                               24 over up to 2 session days. Following the House of Rep

                                25resentatives’ presentation, the President shall make his

 

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                               1  presentation for a period not to exceed 24 hours, over up

                               2 to 2 session days. Each side may determine the number

                               3 of persons to make its presentation.

                              4 Upon the conclusion of the President’s presentation,

                               5 Senators may question the parties for a period of time

                               6 not to exceed 16 hours.

                               7 Upon the conclusion of questioning by the Senate,

                               8 there shall be 4 hours of argument by the parties, equally

                              9 divided, followed by deliberation by the Senate, if so or

                             10  dered under the impeachment rules, on the question of

                             11 whether it shall be in order to consider and debate under

                             12 the impeachment rules any motion to subpoena witnesses

                              13 or documents. The Senate, without any intervening action,

                              14 motion, or amendment, shall then decide by the yeas and

                             15 nays whether it shall be in order to consider and debate

                              16 under the impeachment rules any motion to subpoena wit

                              17 nesses or documents.

                              18 Following the disposition of that question, other mo

                             19 tions provided under the impeachment rules shall be in

                              20 order.

                              21 If the Senate agrees to allow either the House of Rep

                              22 resentatives or the President to subpoena witnesses, the

                              23 witnesses shall first be deposed and the Senate shall decide

                              24 after deposition which witnesses shall testify, pursuant to

                             25 the impeachment rules. No testimony shall be admissible

 

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                                1 in the Senate unless the parties have had an opportunity

                              2 to depose such witnesses.

                              3 At the conclusion of the deliberations by the Senate,

                             4 the Senate shall vote on each article of impeachment.