Senate blocks Democrats’ pretrial demand for Trump documents

President Trump’s impeachment trial opened with a vote to block a subpoena for White House documents related to Democratic allegations the president abused the power of his office by withholding security aid from Ukraine.

The Senate Republican majority defeated a measure 47-53 offered by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer demanding the White House turn over a trove of documents stemming from Trump’s conversations with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Republicans stayed unified in opposition to the move by Schumer, a New York Democrat.

Republicans instead backed a resolution setting the terms of the impeachment trial that
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