Day nine of the trial on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020.

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The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump began on Tuesday, Jan. 21, after a weekslong impasse over how the Senate trial would proceed, and debate over the rules stretched nearly 13 hours.

Reporting on day nine of the trial from The Hill:

The Senate on Thursday is set to conclude a marathon question-and-answer session as it moves toward a turning point in President Trump’s impeachment trial.

Senators are expected to reconvene at 1 p.m. after spending approximately 10 hours, including breaks, on Wednesday to ask more than 90 questions of both Trump’s legal team and House impeachment managers.

As of the end of Wednesday, senators had used roughly eight hours of the 16 total hours that the rules resolution set aside for the question-and-answer session.

Under a deal announced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), questions alternate between Republicans and Democrats.

In a break with the Senate impeachment trial so far, senators were allowed to speak on Wednesday to note that they had a question and announce if it was from multiple senators.

The questions were then passed to Chief Justice John Roberts, who read out the question and which side it was addressed to.

Roberts has asked both sides to limit their answers to five minutes, and interrupted Trump’s legal team and impeachment managers several times on Wednesday to let them know they had reached their time limit.

Wednesday’s session was chocked full of opportunities to try to read the tea leaves on which way undecided senators in both parties are leaning.

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