The hashtag "MidnightMoscowMitch" took off on Twitter on Tuesday after Democrats began criticizing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden backs 0B compromise coronavirus stimulus bill US records over 14 million coronavirus cases On The Money: COVID-19 relief picks up steam as McConnell, Pelosi hold talks | Slowing job growth raises fears of double-dip recession | Biden officially announces Brian Deese as top economic adviser MORE's (R-Ky.) resolution setting rules for the impeachment trial of President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him Biden: Trump attending inauguration is 'of consequence' to the country Biden says family will avoid business conflicts MORE that is set to begin on Tuesday.

McConnell's resolution, which the Senate is expected to vote on on Tuesday, would give House impeachment managers and Trump's defense team 24 hours apiece to present their arguments.

But both sides would have to do so over two legislative days, with sessions beginning at 1 p.m.


This is a change from the procedures used during the impeachment trial for President Clinton, when both sides also had 24 hours but were able to present their arguments over three days. 

Democrats charge that McConnell's proposed rules will leave arguments ending in the middle of the night. 

Former Washington Post reporter Carl BernsteinCarl BernsteinThe Memo: Trump plows ahead with efforts to overturn election Trump calls Carl Bernstein 'total nut job' after CNN analyst's 'homicidal president' charge Carl Bernstein: Woodward's Trump tapes 'smoking gun' of 'homicidal negligence' MORE used the term "Midnight Mitch" during a Monday night interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, and it seemed to pick up after that.

"Now we're looking at 'Midnight Mitch' and the so-called world's greatest deliberative body really embracing a cover-up that is there for all to see. That's what this is about. It’s about preventing information from becoming known and seen by the American public," said Bernstein, one of the Watergate reporters for the Post whose reporting led to President Nixon's resignation. 

Democratic organizations, lawmakers and critics of Trump quickly took to Twitter to share #MidnightMoscowMitch and #MidnightMitch criticizing McConnell’s move.

Republicans want to speed the trial along, and have noted that in the Clinton trial, neither side used their allotted 24 hours of time.
In response to criticism about not allowing witnesses or additional documents, a GOP aide told The Hill previously that Trump's lawyers did not cross-examine witnesses during the House inquiry.
The House did invite the White House to take part in the House process, however. The White House chose not to take part, arguing it would not participate in such a flawed process.
The Senate majority leader was previously called “Moscow Mitch” after he blocked two election security bills last year despite warnings from intelligence officials. 


Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthOvernight Defense: Trump orders troop drawdown in Afghanistan and Iraq | Key Republicans call Trump plan a 'mistake' Top Democrat calls Trump's Afghan drawdown 'the right policy decision' as others warn of 'mistake' Overnight Defense: Another Defense official resigns | Pentagon chief says military 'remains strong' despite purge | Top contender for Biden DOD secretary would be historic pick MORE (D-Ill.) tweeted Monday, “#MidnightMitch has already admitted he’s working hand-in-hand with Trump on the #impeachment trial & violating his oath to be impartial—but his proposed rules for the trial (holding the trial at 1am??) are yet more evidence that he’s helping the White House perpetrate a cover-up.”


McConnell has previously said he will be in “total coordination” with the White House during the president’s impeachment trial. 

#MidnightMoscowMitch had been tweeted over 7,000 times by early Tuesday morning.

Democrats and other critics of McConnell have also criticized the resolution for not requiring any additional witnesses to be subpoenaed or allowing House prosecutors to admit evidence into the trial record after the opening arguments are heard.

Twitter declined to comment to The Hill.