Trump's impeachment trial starts
Former President Donald Trump’s historic post-presidency impeachment trial began in the Senate on Tuesday, with Democrats who are hoping to disqualify him from again holding public office.
Convicting Trump would require a two-thirds majority, at least Democrats need 17 Republicans and two independents in voting against Trump. That is a tall order.
President Trump is the only president to go on trial in the Senate after leaving office and the only one to be impeached twice.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, called the accusation against Trump: “The gravest charges ever brought against a president of the United States in American history.”
Defense lawyers plan to argue that only a sitting president can face an impeachment trial. The trial is being held with extraordinary security around the Capitol in the wake of the siege including armed security forces and a perimeter of fencing and razor wire.
9 Feb 2021