2020-01-21 12:20:25

As Impeachment Trial Begins, Mitch McConnell Accused of Staging a Cover-Up

The Senate opens the third impeachment trial of a U.S. president in the country’s history Tuesday, marking a historic day in Washington.

Under proposed rules by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, each side will be given 24 hours over two days for opening arguments, after which senators will have 16 hours for questions and four hours for debate. The Senate will then vote on whether to hear from any new witnesses.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has said Mitch McConnell is trying to rush the impeachment process, while House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff, who is one of the impeachment managers, has accused the CIA and NSA of withholding documents potentially relevant to the impeachment trial.

This comes as President Trump has added several prominent lawyers to his legal team, including former independent counsel Kenneth Starr, whose probe led to the impeachment of Bill Clinton, and former Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz.

In 2008, Starr and Dershowitz helped serial pedophile Jeffrey Epstein receive a sweetheart plea deal when he was arrested on sex trafficking charges.

One of Epstein’s victims also accused Dershowitz of sexually assaulting her, but Dershowitz has long denied the charge.

Democracy Now! speaks with Rick Perlstein, historian and the author of several books, including “The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan,” which covered the Watergate investigations and Nixon’s impeachment.

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