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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY as the trial gets started:
— IN THE EARLY AFTERNOON, Democrats and Republicans have their party lunches in the Capitol.
— AROUND 1 P.M., MCCONNELL will offer his resolution, which will detail the rules for the Senate’s trial. Each side has an hour for debate.
— AROUND 3 P.M., SCHUMER will move to amend the rule package to allow for witnesses and documents at the front end of the trial. That is also subject to debate for an hour on each side.
WHAT WE DON’T KNOW: How exactly SCHUMER is going to try to amend the rule package. He can force one vote, or multiple votes seeking to amend the package in different ways. Democrats’ priority is to force votes on guaranteeing witnesses and document production as part of the trial. BUT: Democrats’ efforts to amend the package are almost certain to fail.
— ONCE DEMOCRATS finish trying to amend the rules, there will be a vote on the package and the trial will then begin.