Mitch McConnell outlines proposals for speedy impeachment process

Senate Republican leader denies Democrat demands for votes on witnesses to be called straight away

The US Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, has unveiled proposals aimed at rushing through Donald Trump’s impeachment trial as quickly as possible, with no guarantee that witnesses or new evidence will be allowed.

As Washington prepared for the impeachment proceedings to start, McConnell released his four-page resolution late on Monday outlining a condensed, two-day timetable for the each side to give opening statements. The rules will be debated and voted on when senators convene for the trial on Tuesday.

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