The Nation: The Senate Prepares to Judge

Even before the Judiciary Committee had voted on the second and third articles of impeachment, the Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate met in Majority Leader Mike Mansfield's office. After the meeting, Mansfield, together with Minority Leader Hugh Scott and Democratic and Republican Whips Robert Byrd and Robert Griffin, announced that the Senate Rules Committee would review existing impeachment trial rules.

Mansfield then unveiled a total revision and updating of the Senate's impeachment rules, which were written in 1868 for the trial of Andrew Johnson. One of the 13 proposed rules, allowing television coverage of the Senate trial, is almost certain...

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