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Democrats decry McConnell’s impeachment rules as 'cover-up'

Last Updated Jan 21, 2020 at 12:24 pm EDT

The U.S. flag flies over the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Summary

Democrats are calling the Republicans' plan for an impeachment trial a national disgrace


Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer is promising to fight back as Donald Trump's impeachment trial begins


The trial opened with a vote on rules that will govern the process that could end with the ousting of Trump as president


WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial quickly burst into a partisan fight Tuesday as proceedings began unfolding at the Capitol. Democrats objected strongly to rules proposed by the Republican leader for compressed a rguments and a speedy trial.

Even before Chief Justice John Roberts gaveled in the session, Democrats warned that the rules package from Trump’s ally, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, could force midnight sessions that would keep most Americans in the dark and create a sham proceeding.