Senate set for closing arguments on impeachment

 
 
On Monday, senators will hear four hours of closing arguments, the time equally divided between the House impeachment manager and the president’s lawyers.
 
 
While Alexander said the action didn't warrant impeachment, he and other senators have criticized Trump's actions.
 
The House managers will argue, however, if senators agree that Trump tried to use his authority to get a foreign country to influence the upcoming election, it is their constitutional duty to remove him from office for abuse of power.
 
The presidents’ lawyers are likely to focus on the arguments laid out last week by Harvard professor Alan DershowitzAlan Morton DershowitzUnsealed Epstein documents detail alleged abuse by Ghislaine Maxwell Cellphones haven't stopped cops from lying — only courts can do that Moussaoui says he now renounces terrorism, bin Laden MORE, another member of the Trump legal team. Dershowitz, an opinion contributor for The Hill, contended that removing a president from office must require the violation of an actual law — a threshold a number of other constitutional scholars disagree with. 
 
They will also hammer the point that removing Trump from office and the ballot only nine months before the general election would be a subversion of democracy.
 
The Senate on Monday afternoon will adjourn as an impeachment court once the closing arguments are finished and reconvene as a legislative body so that senators will have a chance to debate the articles of impeachment. 
 
Under the Senate’s impeachment rules, senators are not allowed to deliver remarks or engage in colloquies. Under regular legislative procedures, they will be able to do so.
 
Two key moderates, Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOn The Trail: The first signs of a post-Trump GOP Frustration builds as negotiators struggle to reach COVID-19 deal Shaheen, Chabot call for action on new round of PPP loans MORE (R-Maine) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiOn The Money: Unemployment benefits to expire as coronavirus talks deadlock | Meadows, Pelosi trade criticism on stalled stimulus talks | Coronavirus recession hits Social Security, Medicare, highway funding Unemployment benefits to expire as coronavirus talks deadlock Overnight Energy: Official says protesters not cleared from Lafayette Square for Trump | Trump administration blasts banks refusing to fund Arctic drilling | 2019 coal production hit lowest level since 1978 MORE (R-Alaska), among others, had pressed for the opportunity to speak on the floor to explain their votes on the articles of impeachment. Collins voted Friday to subpoena additional evidence and extend the trial while Murkowski did not.
 
Each senator will get 10 minutes to speak on the floor and the debate could go well into the evening. Sen. Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesStimulus checks debate now focuses on size, eligibility On The Money: GDP shrinks by record amount in second quarter amid virus lockdowns | Jobless claims rise for second straight week | McConnell tees up fight on unemployment benefits GOP senators propose stimulus checks of ,000 for both adults and children MORE (R-Mont.) is scheduled to preside over the chamber from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday in case senators want to speak that late.
 
The Senate is scheduled to debate the impeachment articles in legislative session on Monday afternoon, Tuesday and Wednesday.
 
At 4 p.m. Wednesday, the Senate will reconvene as a court to vote on the articles of impeachment, with each senator expected to rise at his or her desk to announce whether or not Trump should be removed from office.
 
Following the vote, the trial will immediately conclude Wednesday afternoon.