The following is an excerpt from Blaze Media’s Capitol Hill Brief email newsletter:
After weeks of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s stalling, the House will finally vote to appoint impeachment managers and send the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump over to the Senate on Wednesday. After some preliminary actions later this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he expects the Senate trial to begin in earnest on Tuesday after the long Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend.
There’s still the question of how long the trial will last, which largely depends on who, if anyone, the chamber decides to call as witnesses. Mitt Romney says he wants to put former national security adviser John Bolton on the stand. Meanwhile, Rand Paul says that he’ll force votes “to call Hunter Biden and many more” for the sake of balancing things out. McConnell also said that he “can’t imagine” only Democrats’ witnesses being called if witnesses are called. Ted Cruz said that he’s “open to the possibility of the Senate hearing witnesses,” and offered Hunter Biden and the whistleblower as possible examples.
But, per the kind of “phase one” trial process that McConnell has previously outlined, those questions are going to have to wait until this matter actually gets under way and both sides have made arguments in the case.