(Information) – U.S. senators on Thursday spent the day posing inquiries to the Democratic lawmakers prosecuting the impeachment case in opposition to President Donald Trump and the legal professionals defending him.
Here’s what to look out for subsequent:
* The 100 senators are anticipated to complete submitting their questions late within the night when their 16 hours of allotted time are both exhausted or no extra questions stay.
* Senators haven’t been asking questions immediately. They submit them to U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts, who’s presiding over the trial. Roberts then reads the questions aloud.
* Questions may be directed on the prosecution or the protection, however not at different senators.
BEYOND THE QUESTION PERIOD
* If Friday’s trial session begins at 1 p.m. (1800 GMT), as anticipated, impeachment managers and Trump’s legal professionals could have 4 hours, equally divided, to current arguments.
* The Senate will then debate whether or not to subpoena witnesses and paperwork, adopted by a vote, which might happen on Friday. Within the occasion of a tie vote, the movement fails, except Roberts casts a vote to interrupt the tie.
* If the Senate votes to listen to extra proof, it will then maintain subsequent votes on which witnesses senators want to name and what paperwork they need to learn.
* If the Senate subpoenas witnesses, they might be deposed privately earlier than the Senate decides on public testimony. On Thursday, Consultant Adam Schiff, the top Democratic impeachment supervisor, proposed a one-week restrict for conducting depositions.
* If no witnesses or extra paperwork are subpoenaed, senators might contemplate different motions or proceed to vote on every of the 2 articles of impeachment, which cost Trump with abuse of energy and obstruction of Congress.
* If the Senate doesn’t resolve to situation subpoenas, the trial doubtless would conclude inside days, if not sooner. If it does situation subpoenas, the proceedings are virtually sure to nonetheless be beneath manner when Trump delivers the annual State of the Union deal with to Congress on Tuesday.
Reporting by David Morgan, Susan Cornwell and Richard Cowan; Enhancing by Tim Ahmann and Peter Cooney