On Monday evening, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued a draft resolution containing the rules for the Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump. That resolution contained many limits that strongly favored Trump—including limiting arguments to two days and refusing to admit any evidence from the House unless it was accepted by a line-item vote in the Senate. These changes were apparently inserted into the proposal so late that, C-SPAN notes, they were handwritten over the earlier draft.
But that’s not how the proposal read when it came before the Senate on Tuesday afternoon. Instead, the time for presentation of arguments on each side had been extended to three days. Even more importantly, the case prepared by the House is now accepted as evidence placed before the Senate—a change that will make it impossible to shut down the House case by chastising House case managers over using facts not in evidence. Sometime in the last 24 hours, Mitch McConnell lost. Big time.