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Senators clash as Trump impeachment trial opens

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Added On January 23, 2020

The U.S. Senate has rejected three Democratic efforts to obtain documents and evidence in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial.

 
The motion, an amendment to the Republican-proposed resolution guiding the trial process, was brought up by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. It called for subpoenaing any "documents, communications and other records" kept by the White House.
 
The amendment was rejected in a 53-47 party-line vote. An earlier four-page resolution proposed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell does not require additional witnesses to be subpoenaed and does not allow House prosecutors to admit evidence into the Senate trial record until after the opening arguments are heard.
 
The Democrats are now introducing a second amendment requesting the subpoena of documents and records from the State Department.
 
Trump was impeached in December by the Democratic-controlled House, which passed two articles of impeachment accusing him of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.