President Trump’s impeachment trial begins


WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial is set to unfold at the Capitol. On the eve of the trial, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell proposed a condensed, two-day calendar for each side’s opening arguments.

The rules package will be one of the first orders of business when senators convene about midday Tuesday.

Trump’s lawyers are seeking swift acquittal. But Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer calls McConnell’s plan “a national disgrace.” Trump is attending a global leaders conference in Davos, Switzerland.

The House Democratic managers overseeing the impeachment case have asked Trump’s lead lawyer at the trial to disclose any “first-hand knowledge” he has of the charges against the Republican president. 

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