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Democrats and the Republicans are fighting over whether the present President of America should remain on his power seat or not. For the Democrats it’s a question of preserving the integrity of the nation and for Republicans, it is a question of preserving the face of their party.

Democrats and the Republicans are fighting over whether the present President of America should remain on his power seat or not. For the Democrats, it’s a question of preserving the integrity of the nation and for Republicans, it is a question of preserving the face of their party.

New rules have been announced towards the impeachment process. Republicans were trying to avoid Democratic moves of subpoenaing of crucial witnesses and important documents.

On the side of the party line, Republicans have voted 53 to 47 and pushed through ground rules for President Trump’s impeachment trial. A long painful debate was brought to an end, as the Republicans were literally pushed to a corner and had to set some kind of a framework to the trial.   

According to the rules now set down, announced by Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, the House managers, and Mr. Trump’s lawyers will each have 24 hours from January 22 onwards. They can all argue their cases for and against the articles of impeachment.

Senators will get 16 hours to ask questions, submitted in writing, likely early next week. After that, the Senate will again consider the matter of whether to subpoena witnesses or documents, at which point a few Republicans have signaled they may be open to doing so.

The Republican set rules have denied any voting of subpoenaed witnesses, and that also only if they even agree for witnesses to be called. Also, they have rejected the Democratic request to provide more time to respond to any motions that might be made during the trial. This was voted 52 to 48. Even the request to call for John Bolton has been rejected. He would have acted as key evidence against the wrongdoings by Donald Trump in the Ukraine controversy.

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