At 1 p.m. eastern time the Senate will convene to begin the Senate Trial of President Donald J. Trump, following his Impeachment in the House on December 18th, 2019.
As the News Blender reported on Friday, January 16th, Supreme Court Justice John Roberts was sworn-in ahead of the trial. His first official act as the Justice overseeing the Senate Trial was to swear-in the Senators that will act as jurors.
The Articles of Impeachment against President Trump are Article I; Abuse of Power and Article II; Obstruction of Congress, following the refusal from the White House, President Trump, and the Trump Administration to produce documents or offer testimony regarding the President’s request that Ukraine announce publicly an investigation into political rival former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.
Ahead of the swearing-in ceremony, the Government Accountability Office released a report that detailed their findings that at the direction of President, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) violated the Impoundment Control Act (ICA) by withholding funds from Ukraine.
On Monday CNN obtained a copy of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) organizing resolution that would give the House Impeachment Managers and President Trump’s legal team 24 hours each, “divided over two days for their opening arguments in the Senate’s impeachment trial.”
According to CNN this is a departure from the President Bill Clinton Senate Trial in-which the 24 hours was split over 4 days.
Senate Minority Chuck Schumer (D-NY) reacted to McConnel’s resolution.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer: "The McConnell rules seem to be designed by President Trump, for President Trump … It appears that Leader McConnell decided to go along with the president's desire to cover up his wrongdoing." https://t.co/gSRupclymD pic.twitter.com/k945L3kOjp— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) January 21, 2020
In Senate Trial related news.
House Dem managers write to WH counsel Cipollone to tell him he’s a fact witness in their impeachment case, saying he “must disclose” all facts to Senate and Chief Justice Roberts that show he’s a first-hand witness https://t.co/WbEsTT7z58— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 21, 2020
Trump's legal team says even if he *did* abuse his power to coerce Ukraine into tarring a political rival as a crook, it doesn't matter bc "abuse of power," absent an indictable crime, is not impeachable.— Charlie Savage (@charlie_savage) January 21, 2020
That's way out of the mainstream.
This argument is not at all unexpected considering it was argued in court that if the President shot someone on 5th avenue, not only could he not be charged with that crime, he couldn’t even be investigated in connection with the crime until he was out of Office.