A late session in the Senate wrapped up around 2 a.m. Wednesday with the approval of the rules for President Trump's impeachment trial.
It was a long night of attempts at amendments by the Democrats.
A small Democratic victory came early in the day, when Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell dropped plans of having two late-night sessions to hear opening arguments. Instead, he agreed to spread them over three days.
However the Democrats failed to get Republican agreement to issue subpoenas for documents and witnesses during the trial, but some of those issues can be revisited.
"It doesn't make any sense when you have the gravity of the offenses that are charged, the importance and the gravity of the decision, the determination we have to make about removal or guilt or not guilty, it makes no sense not to have witnesses," said U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D) of Pennsylvania, in an interview with CNN after the session. "And the idea that we're gonna get to it next week or in a few days.. I think later in this case means never."
President Trump stayed mainly quiet about the first day of proceedings, though he did retweet the Senate Republicans, who said their process will be transparent, impartial, and fair.
House Democrats’ process was a cover-up.Ours will be transparent.Their process was blindly partisan.Ours will be impartial.Their process was rigged.Ours will be FAIR. pic.twitter.com/kFcZmQSMfS— Senate Republicans (@SenateGOP) January 21, 2020