The U.S. Senate voted on Wednesday to approve rules governing the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, including delaying a debate over whether to call witnesses until the middle of the trial. It was reported by Reuters.
The Senate voted 53-47 to adopt the trial plan, which allows opening arguments from House lawmakers prosecuting the case to begin later.
Senate impeachment trial on Trump's potential removal from the office formally began on January 17.
U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts took an oath to preside over the trial and then swore in the assembled senators who will serve as jurors, asking if they would “do impartial justice”.
The 99 senators present signed their assent one by one.
Lev Parnas, Rudy Giuliani's associate, provided text messages and hand-written notes that add more details about the push for an investigation into Bidens.
According to the note, Parnas's chief objective in Ukraine was for its president to announce a criminal probe into Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden and his son.