Jan. 21, day 1: Senators approve rules of proceeding
- The first day saw a series of procedural clashes over the rules at the heart of the proceeding on Tuesday.
- Senators ultimately approved Senate Majority Leader’s Mitch McConnell’s proposed roadmap for the trial after a series of votes initiated by Democrats to include more witnesses and evidence failed along party lines.
Jan. 22, day 2: Democrats kick off their case
- Lead House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) opened the 24 hours of Democrats’ opening arguments by walking through an extensive timeline of the actions by both Trump and other administration officials toward Ukraine.
- Off the floor, Schiff and other top Democrats also shut down the idea of a witness swap that would see them allow members of the Biden family to testify as witnesses in exchange for testimony from Trump administration officials.
Jan. 23, day 3: Schiff argues that “the truth matters”
- House impeachment manager Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-Texas) attempted to debunk the Trump administration’s position that the Biden family was engaged in corruption in Ukraine. She argued that “Trump didn’t care about any of this until” Biden looked like a 2020 frontrunner.
- In a clip that’s sure to be played long after the trial ends, Schiff closed Democrats’ second day of opening arguments by saying, “If you find him guilty, you must find that he should be removed. Because right matters, because right matters. And the truth matters. Otherwise, we are lost.”
Jan. 24, day 4:Democrats close out their opening arguments
- Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) anticipated attacks on him, other House managers, the Ukraine whistleblower, and the Bidens from Trump’s team, which begins its defense of the president on Saturday. He appealed directly to GOP senators: Real political courage does not come from disagreement with our opponents, but disagreeing with our friends and our own party.
- Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) explained Democrats’ big-picture fear underlining the second article of impeachment: If Trump and his officials can ignore congressional subpoenas, future presidents will be immune to oversight.