These are Adam Schiff, chairman of the Intelligence Committee; Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the Judiciary; Hakeem Jeffries, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus; Zoe Lofgren, who worked on both impeachment cases against Clinton and Nixon; Val Demings, the former police chief of Orlando; and two freshmen representatives, Sylvia Garcia and Jason Crow.
A trial with no evidence-no existing record, no witnesses, no documents-isn't a trial at all.
McConnell's proposed "trial" format would only allow each side 24 hours to make their case. "Clinton's higher rating may also have been aided by US airstrikes against Iraq that occurred at the same time as the House impeachment vote". But McConnell is trying to keep a tight grip on how the trial unfolds and has said he wants it over in a matter of weeks.
"McConnell's resolution rejects that basic necessity". The Republican president, who is expected to be acquitted by the Republican-controlled Senate, says he is innocent of the charges.
There are a total of 100 senators in the US Senate.
Senator Chuck Schumer and fellow Democrats immediately objected.
A few "swing" Republicans in the upper chamber have indicated an openness to include witnesses. "I'm not going to talk about trial strategy publicly".
The Constitution gives the House the sole power to impeach a president and the Senate the final verdict by convening as the impeachment court for a trial.
"If those efforts are successful, this will be the first impeachment trial in American history in which the Senate did not allow the House to present its case with witnesses and documents".
McConnell's proposed rules don't automatically accept the record compiled by the House, although it would still be printed and distributed. Instead, the Senate will vote later on whether to admit the documents. A senior GOP leadership aide said that was because of a lack of due process for the president in the House proceedings.
Alan Dershowitz, the celebrity lawyer and Harvard professor emeritus named to President Donald Trump's legal team last week, is already facing questions about his defense of the president in light of comments he made 21 years ago about impeachment. If they use both Friday and Saturday, then senators will have up to 16 hours, probably next Monday and Tuesday, to ask questions. If McConnell is able to prevent 51 senators from voting in favor of witnesses, the trial could be done by the end of next week.
Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, Susan Collins of Maine, Cory Gardner of Colorado, and Ben Sasse of Nebraska have all - in one way or another - expressed concerns with President Trump and could break with their party. This would include deciding whether the Senate should at a later date consider subpoenas for witnesses, such as Trump's former national security adviser John Bolton. If they believe he has critical firsthand information, they could push for a vote on whether to depose him or call him for public testimony, but that would require Republican support.