The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate has blocked Democratic attempts to obtain evidence and call a witness in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.
As the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history began, Trump’s chief legal defender described the case as a baseless effort to overturn the twenty-sixteen election; while a top Democratic lawmaker said there was overwhelming evidence of wrongdoing.
After U.S. Chief Justice, John Roberts convened the proceedings, the two sides quickly began squabbling over Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell’s proposed rules for a trial to determine if Trump should be removed from office.
Trump, who was impeached last month by the Democratic-led House of Representatives on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, was accused of pressuring Ukraine to investigate former Democratic Vice President, Joe Biden, and then impeding the inquiry into the matter.
The president denies any wrongdoing and describes his impeachment as a partisan hoax to derail his twenty-twenty re-election effort.