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When will the trial get started?
Will we see witnesses?
At the request of the managers, there will be an option to hold a debate and vote on calling witnesses. But that’s only keeping open the possibility — it’s not an indication on its own that the managers plan to do so.
Democrats’ desire for witnesses who might be able to corroborate Trump’s thinking and actions while the riots were unfolding is running into many Senate Democrats’ wishes for a quick trial so they can move onto passing President Joe Biden’s Covid-19 relief package. The problem for the managers is it’s unclear whom they could call as a witness voluntarily who could speak to Trump’s mindset. Even if the Senate voted to subpoena a witness who was in the White House on January 6, there could be a court fight over executive privilege that would delay the trial.
How will the trial operate logistically? Are there any changes due to Covid?
A Senate official familiar with the planning said there will be seats reserved for senators in the public gallery above the chamber and the Senate’s “marble room” that’s just off the floor, where the trial will be shown on television. Senators will have to be on the Senate floor to vote.
During Trump’s first impeachment trial, senators were required to sit at their desk during the lengthy arguments, though they didn’t always do so. But this year, senators won’t be required to remain at their desks due to the Covid-19 pandemic and social distancing.
How long will the trial go?
The trial’s final end date remains unclear. For each side’s allotted 16 hours for presentations slated to begin Wednesday, presentations can not exceed eight hours per day or two days total.
Who will make the case to convict or acquit the President?
The impeachment managers are Reps. Jamie Raskin of Maryland (lead manager), Diana DeGette of Colorado, David Cicilline of Rhode Island, Joaquin Castro of Texas, Eric Swalwell of California, Ted Lieu of California, Stacey Plaskett of the US Virgin Islands, Joe Neguse of Colorado and Madeleine Dean of Pennsylvania.
Outside of official arguments, a group of House Republicans allied with Trump are reprising their role at the former President’s second impeachment trial to defend him in the public debate. Roughly a half-dozen House Republicans are aiding Trump’s legal defense by planning to speak to reporters during breaks in the impeachment trial, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Will the Senate still conduct any legislative business?
That could change if there is an agreement by senators, although several Republicans have said they would not consent to voting on more nominees until after the trial.
CNN’s Jeremy Herb, Manu Raju, Ali Zaslav, Ted Barrett, Jim Acosta, Kaitlan Collins, Pamela Brown, Katelyn Polantz and Clare Foran contributed to this report.