WASHINGTON: (HRNW) The first day of President Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate stretched from midday Tuesday into the wee hours of Wednesday. It featured contentious exchanges between House managers acting as the prosecution and the White House legal team, with senators voting almost entirely along party lines to reject Democratic efforts to subpoena new witnesses.
Increasingly restless senators sat silently as impeachment managers and White House lawyers clashed over 11 amendments to a resolution setting the trial’s rules. It was proposed by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican and strong ally of the president.
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is presiding over the trial, just the third of its type in U.S. history.