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From Bruce Colbath:
The most important section of this is that concerning the Senate Rules governing impeachment. The interesting wrinkle is that they were drafted by Rs for the impeachment of Clinton, and appear quite favorable to the trying party. Now the trying party is the Dems — it will be interesting to see if the rules are rewritten. Overarching all of this is that a simple majority vote is sufficient to overrule any issue initiated or ruled on by the Presiding Officer, meaning that any attempt by the CJ (chief justice) to force the appearance of witnesses, although so empowered, will not get the chance to effectuate that power with respect to Pompeo, Mulvaney, Cippolone, Bolton, and anyone else in the Executive suite.