Via Financial Times

Proposed rules for impeachment trial outrage Democrats

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has sparked outrage among Democrats by laying out rules for the impeachment trial that would raise the bar for introducing evidence, the FT’s Lauren Fedor writes.

Frustratingly for many Democrats, Mr McConnell has put forward a resolution that witnesses can only testify if the upper house votes that they should. This will come after closed-door depositions of the potential witnesses.

Mr McConnell also plans to give House impeachment managers and President Donald Trump’s legal team each 24 hours divided over two days for their opening arguments.

The trial could extend into the dead of night and prevent many Americans from watching it in full, as Lauren explains here.

The Senate is Republican-controlled and Mr McConnell’s resolution is expected to be approved on Tuesday.

Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic speaker of the House of Representatives, lashed out at Mr McConnell on Twitter, accusing him of carrying out “a cover-up” for the president.

How does it all work?

Wondering how the trial will play out? Or in need of a refresher on the whos, whats and wheres of the process?

The FT’s Demetri Sevastopulo and Lauren Fedor have put together this handy explainer answering a plethora of questions you might have, including:

• How will the trial proceed?
• How will the rules be determined?
• What role will the chief justice of the Supreme Court play?
• Will Trump be convicted?
• Will the trial have any impact on the 2020 elections?

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For answers to these questions and more, check out Demetri and Lauren’s piece here.

Trump impeachment trial kicks off

Hello and welcome to the FT’s live coverage of today’s impeachment proceedings.

The US Senate will shortly open the third impeachment trial of an American president since the founding of the republic.

Donald Trump is accused of using a phone call to pressure his Ukrainian counterpart to dig up dirt on former vice-president Joe Biden, one of his main Democratic rivals in the 2020 election. Mr Trump says the call was “perfect”.

In the unlikely event that he is convicted – the Senate is controlled by Mr Trump’s Republican party – the president faces removal from office.

We will be bringing you the action live as it happens, along with the latest insight and analysis from FT correspondents and commentators.