The Moderates’ Impeachment Moment

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After nearly 12 hours of vicious debate, the Senate voted early Wednesday to adopt the rules that will govern the rest of the impeachment trial. But in a Republican-controlled chamber, why weren’t they the rules that Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, had originally wanted?

On today’s episode:

ImageThe Republican senators Lisa Murkowski, left, and Susan Collins on Capitol Hill in April 2019. As moderates known for a willingness to break with their party, both are targets for Democrats in the impeachment proceedings.
Credit…Melissa Lyttle for The New York Times

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Impeachment managers and President Trump’s legal team debated changes to the rules that will govern the Senate’s impeachment trial.CreditCredit…Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times

Julie Hirschfeld Davis contributed reporting.

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