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Senator Oath for Trump Impeachment Trial Stirs Partisan Rancor

  • Democrats say McConnell already violating impartiality pledge
  • Senators to serve as jurors in Trump impeachment trial
The U.S. Capitol building. 

The U.S. Capitol building. 

Photographer: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

A 221-year-old Senate impeachment oath has become a focus of partisan bickering, even before lawmakers are asked to take it -- another sign of how contentious the chamber’s trial will be.

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler and Democratic Senator Chris Coons have said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is already violating the oath by saying he’ll work closely with President Donald Trump’s lawyers.