1. Republicans Point to Clinton Precedent
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), not wanting the trial to drag out, referenced the “Clinton precedent” and the 24 hours given to each side to present their case during the 1998-99 trial of President Bill Clinton. Each side in the trial of President Trump, he said, will be given 24 hours, too.
“Fair is fair,” McConnell said, adding that his proposal for trial rules was “evenhanded and tracks closely with past precedents that were established unanimously.”
Unlike in the House, he argued, Trump’s team will receive a “level playing field” in the Senate.
Attorney Jay Sekulow, a member of Trump’s legal team, asserted the trial was politically driven.
“Why are we here?” he asked. “Are we hear because of a phone call? Or are we here before this great body because since the president was sworn into office, there was a desire to see him removed?”
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