"All of that is a risky perversion of the Constitution that the Senate should swiftly and roundly condemn". The response states both articles against the president should be rejected.
In the first few days of the trial, there is nearly certainly a confusion of procedural requests on the Senate floor or rather behind closed doors, as the senators do not have to make a speech during the court proceedings.
The top senators from each party on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee may be the most likely to break ranks during the impeachment trial.
Watch a coterie of Democratic senators who literally would rather be somewhere else - specifically Iowa and New Hampshire - ahead of their party's kickoff votes for the right to try to unseat Trump in the November election.
"I want to say on behalf of all of us, thank you for your patience", McConnell told him, as senators clapped.
While the President in the White House was on a trip to the World Leaders' Conference in Davos, Switzerland, officials welcomed the Republican trial proposal.
The White House had instructed officials not to testify in the House inquiry, and refused to turn over witnesses or documents, citing what it says is precedence in defiance of congressional subpoenas.
House Democrats impeached the president last month on two charges: abuse of power by withholding USA military aid to Ukraine as he pressed the country to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden, and obstruction of Congress by refusing to cooperate with their investigation. The Kentucky Republican's schedule sets up a speedy trial that indicates Senate Republicans are pushing to finish the process as quickly as possible. The House Democratic managers and the President's legal team will be doing the arguing in public - senators can only debate in closed session during the trial - but an intense debate over the direction of the trial nevertheless is likely to play out between Republican and Democratic senators while Schumer looks to peel off four GOP senators to support subpoenaing witnesses and documents.
Assuming McConnell's rules are adopted, both House managers and Trump's defense will be given 24 hours of floor time split over two days before senators can submit questions. Only then will there be votes on calling other witnesses. So 67 Senate members would have to vote to sentence if each Senator votes.
However, Democrats have used the same call, and more than a month of testimony to House hearings which preceding their impeachment vote, to argue that he was pressuring Ukraine to investigate the Bidens in return for hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid and a sought after White House meeting.
White House Counsel Pat Cipollone arrives at the Capitol Hill.
The vote is a culmination of disagreement between Democrats and Republicans over what would constitute a fair trial.
In his October 8 letter to the House leadership, Cipollone appeared to demonstrate that loyalty to Trump as he argued against the impeachment inquiry and went so far as to highlight Trump's efforts to "fix our broken immigration system" and grow the economy. "He's wrong", prosecutors wrote.
"Chief Justice John Roberts gaveled open the session, senators having taken an oath last week to do "impartial justice" as jurors.
The president of the United States declassified that telephone call and released it to the public".
Senate impeachment trials are rare and historic - the one unfolding now is only the third in the nation's history - and with them come security jitters in and around the Capitol building.
The House Democrats called Trump's behavior in their first weekend trial, the constitution's "worst nightmare".
In a letter to Cipollone on Tuesday, Democrats urged him to disclose the full extent of his knowledge of Trump's Ukraine activities and said evidence suggested his office had been directly involved "in potential efforts to hide President Trump's scheme from Congress and the public".
Trump has been charged with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. "It is more obvious than ever that this is not just a trial in the Senate - it is a trial of the Senate".
With its 53-47 Republican majority, the Senate is not expected to mount the two-thirds vote needed for conviction. Trump can ask the House to postpone it. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), has said he will keep an open mind on impeachment.
"When the Russian Federation investigation failed, it devolved into the Ukraine".