Trump impeachment trial begins in Senate; Two trial rules changed
Updated: 2020-01-22 07:08:12 KST
Only one story to start our international news today and that's the start of the impeachment trial of President Trump in the U.S. Senate.
The two sides have been making their opening arguments and debating the trial rules.
For more on this and other news around the world, let's turn to our Yoon Jung-min.
Jung-min, we hear there are some changes to trial rules.
Right, Mark. The impeachment process began in the Senate Tuesday, and debates are underway on Capitol Hill to set the trial rules.
Two major changes to the rules were made at last minute.
The new resolution will give each side, the House managers and the President's legal team, three days each to make their 24 hours of trial arguments, instead of the two days as earlier proposed.
Also, they've decided to admit the House's evidence automatically unless the President's team puts forward a motion to reject the evidence.
However, there's still disagreement about calling additional witnesses.
Take a look at what the House impeachment managers and the President's legal team have been saying so far.
"The trial should be fair to the House, which has been wrongly deprived of evidence by a president who wishes to conceal it. It should be fair to the president who will not benefit from an acquittal or dismissal if the trial is not viewed as fair."
"A partisan impeachment is like stealing an election. And that's exactly what we have. We have, talk about the framers worst nightmare, it's a partisan impeachment that they've delivered to your doorstep in an election year."
We'll have to see how the debate unfolds throughout the week, but it's sure to be a heated one.
President Trump was impeached in the House in December for allegedly asking Ukraine's then-newly elected President to investigate his political rivals ahead of the 2020 U.S. Presidential election.