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Impeachment Trial

Who’s Who
Who To Watch

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*Keep In Mind*

  • The Senate is made up of 100 lawmakers: 2 from each state.
  • Senators (53 GOP / 47 Dem) get the final word on procedures governing the trial & whether to remove the President.
  • Simple majority or 51 votes are needed to pass procedural motions (witnesses, documents).
  • Two-thirds or 67 votes are needed to remove (convict).
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  • Lawyers incl. Ken Starr (oversaw the investigation that led to Pres. Clinton’s impeachment), Alan Dershowitz (famed defense atty), Pres. Trump’s personal atty Jay Sekulow & White House counsel Pat Cipollone, among others.
  • Lawmakers include those active in the impeachment proceedings, such as Reps. Jim Jordan (OH) and Doug Collins (GA).
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Democrats arguing for impeachment.

  • Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff (CA)
  • Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler (NY)
  • Dem Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries (NY)
  • Sylvia Garcia (TX), a fmr. judge
  • Val Demings (FL), a fmr. police chief & the only non-lawyer
  • Jason Crow (CO), a fmr. Army Ranger
  • Zoe Lofgren (CA) – she participated in the impeachment inquires into Presidents Richard Nixon & Bill Clinton
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Who To Watch:
Republican Senators

Senators who’ve indicated they *might*  be willing to cross party lines:

  • Lamar Alexander (TN)
  • Susan Collins (ME) – voted to break with Republicans and voted to acquit Pres. Clinton during his impeachment trial.
  • Mitt Romney (UT)
  • Lisa Murkowski (AK)
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Who To Watch:
Senate Democrats

Senators running for president in 2020:

  • Michael Bennet (CO)
  • Amy Klobuchar (MN)
  • Elizabeth Warren (MA)
  • Bernie Sanders (VT)

Senators who’ve indicated they *might* be willing to cross party lines: Doug Jones (AL) & Joe Manchin (WV)

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WHO YOU WON'T SEE IN THE COMING DAYS: Witnesses - at least not yet. On the first day of the trial, the Senate Republicans blocked attempts by Senate Democrats to subpoena documents and witnesses *before* opening arguments are finished. What happens after opening arguments is TBD.

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