Things are heating up in the Senate as the long-awaited Senate trial in the impeachment of President Donald Trump is set to begin on Tuesday.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will officially propose a resolution that will set the rules for the trial. He released the proposed rules Monday afternoon.
JUST IN: Full text of Senate proposal for impeachment trial procedures. https://t.co/LLmoFraOOE— Kyle Cheney (@Kyle Cheney) 1579560792.0
McConnell plans to propose that each side—the Democratic House managers prosecuting the case and the legal team defending Donald Trump—get 24 hours of arguments each.
The problem? McConnell wants to fit both 24 hour arguments into two days—forcing Democrats to argue their case in the wee hours of the night.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called McConnell out for his latest attempt to obscure Trump's corruption.
"His resolution creates a trial that is rushed, with as little evidence as possible and done in the dark of night. If their case is so strong, why are they afraid to present it in the light of day?"
As did Democratic Senator Chris Murphy.
Let’s be 100% clear - the only reason to restrict the impeachment managers to 24 hours over 2 days is to make sure… https://t.co/OgtLihR0sk— Chris Murphy (@Chris Murphy) 1579566679.0
In the last week alone, a bevy of new and explosive information from Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas has come to light, strengthening calls for new witnesses previously blocked by the White House to testify before the Senate.
People took to Twitter to mock McConnell's rules with the hashtag #MidnightMoscowMitch and #MidnightMitch, which are top trending topics on Twitter as of this writing.
Why is #MidnightMoscowMitch hiding the trial in the middle of the night? https://t.co/tiAZLTUhF4— Michelle Hauck (@Michelle Hauck) 1579604798.0
If Trump was so innocent, the best re-election ad for him and the GOP would be a long drawn-out Senate trial, with… https://t.co/enqEtIVK2n— Ms. Krassenstein (@Ms. Krassenstein) 1579613940.0
Based on his blatant cover-up to hide Donald Trump’s proven crimes, raise your hand if you feel like this week woul… https://t.co/LNi59pR93Z— Andrea Junker (@Andrea Junker) 1579610723.0
It’s not about finding the truth or honoring our duty. It’s all about the coverup. #MidnightMoscowMitch https://t.co/GZx5Vvy1y6— Michael Tiknis (@Michael Tiknis) 1579601322.0
.@senatemajldr has and will continue to obstruct justice and pull America into the sewer. Voting him out in Novemb… https://t.co/53g9sTJn7O— John Pavlovitz (@John Pavlovitz) 1579617457.0
#MidnightMoscowMitch is refusing to allow evidence or witnesses –– he's conducting a cover up in plain sight and vi… https://t.co/bVyryH9pg5— Polly Sigh (@Polly Sigh) 1579620926.0
No witnesses. No evidence. No press. No time. McConnell’s not conducting a trial, he’s orchestrating a cover-up… https://t.co/Lbxa0a7wzL— Katherine Clark (@Katherine Clark) 1579615793.0
In the last 30 years, has there been anyone worse for America than Mitch McConnell? #MidnightMoscowMitch— Jack 🇺🇸 (@Jack 🇺🇸) 1579614964.0
The impeachment trial against Donald Trump begins Tuesday at 1 pm.
Update: After widespread outcry, McConnell will now allow three days for arguments instead of two. He will also allow for the submission of the House investigations into the Senate's trial record.