Senate Republican leaders are planning to move forward on a set of impeachment trial rules without Democratic support.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has secured sufficient backing in his 53-member caucus to enact a blueprint for the trial that omits the question of seeking witnesses and documents until after opening arguments are made, according to multiple senators.
That framework would mirror the contours of President Bill Clinton’s trial and ignore Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s demands for witnesses and new evidence at the outset.
No final decision has been made to move forward with a partisan approach, but in a fleeting interview, McConnell stated he would address the possibility of spurning Democrats on Tuesday afternoon. He’s already won key backing from the handful of Republican swing votes heading into the trial.