Compromise Reached On Some Senate Rules: Each Side Now Given 3 Days To Make Impeachment Arguments (Instead Of Just 2)

News broke out of Capitol Hill on Tuesday as negotiations between lawmakers in the Senate resulted in a change in the number of days that House managers and Trump’s legal team would each be given to make arguments during the opening days of the impeachment trial.

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A number of reporters tweeted out that, instead of 24 hours over the course of two days, both sides would be granted 24 hours over the course of three days to make their opening arguments.

Andy Baird from BuzzFeed News reported on the update on Tuesday afternoon.

Democrats complained before Tuesday that the two-day plan would have meant two 12-hour sessions for each side to make arguments. As the impeachment trial would begin at 1 p.m. on those days, this would have meant that arguments would have lasted well into the evening hours, potentially going past midnight.

Additionally, rules will be changed to automatically enter the impeachment evidence that was uncovered during the House inquiry into the Senate’s record. Previously, McConnell had planned for the rules to require the House’s record by a vote from the full Senate during the trial.

According to tweets from PBS NewsHour correspondent Lisa Desjardins, the decision to change the rules came from within dissenting Republican Senators who voiced their disagreements with McConnell during a party luncheon.

Among those who spoke out against McConnell’s rules was Maine Sen. Susan Collins, who also reportedly had qualms about new evidence being allowed during the trial, which McConnell wants to prevent from happening.

The change in rules from what McConnell originally had planned signals that there’s a break in ranks among members of his own party in the Senate. Although this rule change has not yet been reported as happening, it is possible that the split could result in a full Senate vote later on to allow additional witness testimony and new evidence to be considered within the impeachment trial.

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