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McConnell’s Brushback Is a Preview of the Impeachment Battle to Come

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Technically, arguments in the impeachment trial of President Trump haven’t even started. Democrats and Republicans spent Tuesday, the first full day of Senate proceedings, doing battle over the rules that will govern the trial that is set to unfold in the coming days.

The day’s significance, however, extends beyond the realm of parliamentary minutiae and dry process detail. 

The way that senators crafted and passed the rules—and the way those rules were received by the House Democrats prosecuting the case against Trump and the lawyers defending him—revealed some fundamental truths about this historic trial that could hold up until the final vote to acquit or remove the president.

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