Today at 1PM in the Capitol Building the impeachment trial of President Trump will begin with Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell outlining the rules.
The Senate will be in session for 12 hours a day for six days a week until a verdict is reached. Depending on whether witnesses are called it could last for two weeks or as many as five weeks.
There is a very good possibility that President Trump could be on trial while giving his State Of The Union Speech in early Feb.
During that time Senators will sit silently as jurors listening to the trial without cellphones. The may write questions to Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.
Strangely, the senators may only have water or milk while in session.
Should McConnell not allow witnesses when laying out the rules, which is highly likely, the first battle could be waged by Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer calling for a vote on witmesses. This could result in some RINO senators flipping their votes. A simple majority is needed to pass the rule.
Sens. Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney, Lamar Alexander and Corey Gardner are all likely to side with the Democrats should it come to a vote.
I am looking for Republicans to argue that if witnesses are to be called that two House Managers, Reps. Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler along with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi be called to the stand. This could take much of the wind out of the sails of Senate Democrats.
The main focus early in the trial will be whether the two Articles of Impeachment constitute charges worthy of impeachment given the vagueness of the alleged crime.
Look for Trump’s legal team, which includes Ken Starr and Alan Dershowitz, to argue this point in their opening remarks. Each opening statement by Democrats and Republicans is expected to last 12 hours each.
So let’s get on with the show.