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Senate Impeachment Trial Begins With Fight Over Rules

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The impeachment trial of President Trump began in earnest on Tuesday—and the historic proceedings kicked off not with opening arguments in the case but with a bitter fight over the rules that will govern the process. 

After weeks of private negotiations and public squabbling with Democrats, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) unveiled his proposed rules for the trial on Monday night, teeing up a vote in the full Senate to approve them late Tuesday night. 

“This is the fair roadmap for our trial,” McConnell said in his opening remarks, explaining they were modelled after those adopted by the Senate during the President Bill Clinton impeachment trial. “Fair is fair, the process was good enough for President Clinton and basic fairness dictates that it ought to be good enough for this president as well.” 

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