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December 11, 2019 / 7:54 PM / 3 months ago

Factbox: Key players in U.S. Senate trial if House impeaches Trump

老虎机技术打法 (This December 11 story deletes reference to Chief Justice Roberts being pressured on Senate trial procedures and clarifies in paragraph 5)

(Reuters) - If the Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives passes articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, the Republican-controlled Senate would hold a trial to determine whether he should be found guilty of the charges and removed from office.

老虎机技术打法Here are the main players in what would be only the third such trial in U.S. history.

CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN ROBERTS

A conservative who was appointed by Republican President George W. Bush, Roberts might find himself celebrating his 65th birthday on Jan. 27 by presiding over Republican Trump’s impeachment trial.

Under the U.S. Constitution, the chief justice of the highest court is the referee in presidential impeachment trials.

老虎机技术打法Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has noted that if Roberts presides in a fashion similar to then-Chief Justice William Rehnquist in the 1999 trial of President Bill Clinton, he could allow any disagreements over procedures to be worked out by the senators themselves, probably through one or more Senate floor votes.

But Roberts has been known to surprise court-watchers. For example, early this year he joined liberals in a 5-4 abortion case decision and did the same in a 2012 ruling upholding a central feature of Democratic former President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law.

SENATORS MITCH MCCONNELL AND CHUCK SCHUMER

老虎机技术打法The Senate majority and minority leaders, respectively, will be tasked with trying to reach a bipartisan deal over the rules governing any Trump trial.

FILE PHOTO: Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts attends a memorial for former House Minority Leader Bob Michel at the Capitol Building in Washington March 9, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein/File Photo

McConnell has raised the possibility of a trial that could consist only of arguments by House Democrats for conviction and by White House lawyers for acquittal, with no witnesses testifying.

老虎机技术打法Schumer has called for a full and open trial. Each leader will have to weigh the pros and cons of any rank-and-file demands for witnesses.

McConnell, a Republican, and Schumer, a Democrat, will likely wait until they see exactly what charges the House passes before getting down to serious negotiations.

TRUMP’S LEGAL TEAM

老虎机技术打法Much like a trial held in the U.S. judicial system, the accused - in this case Trump - would be defended by a team of lawyers arguing for his acquittal.

老虎机技术打法The White House has not yet announced who would spearhead this effort for Trump on the Senate floor.

老虎机技术打法White House counsel Pat Cipollone would be expected to play a leading role. He has been working with deputies Patrick Philbin and Michael Purpura.

老虎机技术打法Cipollone, a 53-year-old Republican, sent an eight-page letter to Congress in October laying out why the White House was refusing to cooperate with the House inquiry, calling it a “charade.”

Trump lawyers are likely to argue that there is no evidence that the president did anything wrong and that the House investigation was partisan and flawed.

FILE PHOTO: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) participate in the unveiling of the congressional portrait of Former House Speaker John Boehner at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., November 19, 2019. REUTERS/Erin Scott

HOUSE ‘MANAGERS’

老虎机技术打法House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has not yet named the Democratic “managers” who would prosecute the case against Trump in the Senate. But some obvious potential choices would be House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff. They have been spearheading the impeachment effort in the House since Pelosi announced the start of a formal inquiry on Sept. 24.

老虎机技术打法Pelosi likely would weigh several factors in choosing the managers, including their expertise on constitutional law, familiarity with details of the Trump impeachment case, as well as their oratorical eloquence.

Reporting by Richard Cowan and Steve Holland; editing by Ross Colvin and Jonathan Oatis

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