We’re very glad they moved to three days instead of two, so we won’t be hearing arguments until two in the morning,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told reporters in between debating and voting on the first day of the Senate Impeachment Trial. Schumer’s smug statement was correct; Schumer’s party, led by ‘Impeachment Manager’ Rep. Adam Schiff (D-NY), only kept the ridiculous trial going until 1:50 am Eastern. Schumer’s comment referred to Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s last-minute submission to increase the length of opening arguments from two days to three.
If you didn’t stay up until 2 o’clock in the morning to watch the Senate debate on yet another amendment, we don’t blame you. For roughly thirteen hours, Democrats continued to bring amendment after amendment which was consistently voted down by party lines in 53-47 Republican majority votes. In an effort to streamline voting for the Democrat-proposed subpoena amendments, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) offered Democrats to “stack” all of their requests for a single vote, instead of continuing the monotonous debating and voting.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) struck down McConnell’s proposition saying “We are willing to do some of those votes tomorrow. There’s no reason we have to do them all tonight and inconvenience the Senate and the Chief Justice [John Roberts], but we will not back off on getting votes on all of these amendments.” An ironic statement coming from the same party that at 1:05 am, after the amendment to subpoena John Bolton was tabled, still would not allow the night to end.
Impeachment Manager, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), announced the ninth amendment for the unending first day of trial, which would modify the proposed rules to accelerate witness votes. Unsurprisingly, all amendments of the day were shot down by the Republican majority in the party line 53-47 vote, except the second to last amendment, which saw a defection from Susan Collins (R-ME) who voted with Democrats. Amongst the days’ tabled amendments included Senator Schumer’s requests to subpoena witnesses and documents from the White House.
“Mr. Nadler came up here and made false allegations against our team, and against all of you. He accused you of a cover-up. He’s made false allegations against the President.”
Specifically, Schumer asked for records relating to their dealings with Ukraine by former national security adviser John Bolton, Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, and Mulvaney aide Robert Blair. Just before midnight, while debating on the amendment to subpoena John Bolton, arguably the most consequential vote, the environment turned tense. Getting heated and more personal, Trump’s counsel Pat Cipollone annihilated Representative Jerry Nadler (D-NY) for his asinine comment: “executive privilege and other nonsense.”
Cipollone said, “Mr. Nadler came up here and made false allegations against our team, and against all of you. He accused you of a cover-up. He’s made false allegations against the President.” Cipollone made one of the most pointed arguments of the day which is that the “House did not pursue a subpoena of John Bolton,” so for them to command that the Senate issue a subpoena is “ridiculous.” He continued, “It’s time we bring this power trip in for a landing. President Trump is a man of his word. He made promises to the American people and he delivered over and over and over again. Cipollone then said Democrats “come here with no evidence, spending the day complaining that they can’t make their case.”
Cipollone ended his remarks with fervor: “Mr. Nadler, you owe an apology to the President of the United States and his family…but most of all, you owe an apology to the American people.” President Trump’s impeachment attorney Jay Sekulow spoke next, with a few brief statements. “The Senate is not on trial,” Sekulow said.
Finally, the day ended with the Senate once again voting on party lines to approve Sen. Mitch McConnell’s trial rules. Day one of Trump’s witch-hunt Senate Impeachment Trial was adjourned at 1:50 am ET; set to resume again at 1:00 pm ET later on the same day, Wednesday, January 22.