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Clinton: McConnell's rules like 'head juror colluding with the defendant to cover up a crime'

Clinton: McConnell's rules like 'head juror colluding with the defendant to cover up a crime'
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFederal workers stuck it out with Trump — now, we're ready to get back to work Biden soars as leader of the free world Intercept DC bureau chief says Biden picks are 'same people' from Obama years MORE blasted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHarris says she has 'not yet' spoken to Pence Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year Feinstein departure from top post sets stage for Judiciary fight MORE (R-Ky) on Tuesday over his proposed rules for President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year DOJ appeals ruling preventing it from replacing Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit MORE's impeachment trial in the upper chamber, saying they are like the “head juror colluding with the defendant.”

“The rules Sen. McConnell has proposed for the president's impeachment trial are the equivalent of a head juror colluding with the defendant to cover up a crime,” she posted on Twitter. 

The former secretary of State and Democratic presidential nominee called on her followers to contact their senators and demand they allow witnesses and evidence in the Senate trial and not participate in a "cover-up.”

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Late Monday, McConnell revealed the rules, which provide House managers and Trump’s legal team with the same amount of time to make legal arguments as each side got in President Clinton's impeachment trial, but squeezes the arguments into fewer days. 

House evidence from the inquiry would also not be immediately included in the Senate record. 

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McConnell has maintained that the trial should not include additional witnesses and evidence beyond what the House unveiled in its inquiry. He has also said he has enough votes to pass the trial rules.

But Democrats argue that all of the necessary information should be utilized when making a decision about removing Trump from office. They say the Senate should attempt to obtain information previously withheld by the White House, including testimony from former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonPressure grows from GOP for Trump to recognize Biden election win Sunday shows - Virus surge dominates ahead of fraught Thanksgiving holiday Bolton calls on GOP leadership to label Trump's behavior 'inexcusable' MORE.

Lawmakers on the left criticized McConnell's rules when they were published, with Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerUS national security policy in the 117th Congress and a new administration Voters say Biden should make coronavirus vaccine a priority: poll New York City subway service could be slashed 40 percent, officials warn MORE (D-N.Y.) calling them a "disgrace."