Trump has rejected the request to testify under oath before or during the Senate process. A formal letter (PDF) from the impeachment manager of the House Chief, Rep. Jamie Raskin, says Trump “denied many of the factual allegations in the article of impeachment.”
Trump is the first president in history to be impeached twice and the first president to be subject to impeachment at the end of his term. If two-thirds of the Senate votes to condemn Trump, there could be an additional vote to disqualify Trump from re-holding public office. During his last days as president of the United States, the House of Representatives232-197 on the article “incitement to insurrection”.
Here you can watch the second day of Trump’s impeachment process. You can watch the video of the Capitol riot below and keep reading for a recap of the day’s events. There is more information on this.
What is the schedule for Trump’s impeachment process?
The planned Senate impeachment process began on Tuesday and will continue with 56-44 votes.
It will continue Wednesday at noon ET, giving each side a total of 16 hours spread over several days to present their cases.
Where you can watch the accusation trial live without cable
The Senate impeachment trial will be broadcast on most major TV news networks. If you don’t have cable, you can check out the trial version for free here.
This is what happened on Tuesday, the first day of the trial
- The Democratic impeachment managers, including Raskin, Rep. Joe Neguse and Rep. David Cicilline, presented the case that a president could face charges for an accusing crime after leaving office.
- Trump’s attorneys Bruce Castor and David Schoen took the stand. Schoen argued that the constitution does not allow a former president to be impeached because he “cannot be removed” from office.
- The Senate voted 56-44 to continue the impeachment process against Trump.
How long will the process take?
There is no set time for an impeachment trial, although it is expected to last at least until Monday, February 15, with a vote on the final verdict possibly taking place on February 15 or 16. Senate leader Chuck Schumer and minority leader Mitch McConnell met on Monday to wrap up the schedule, hoping to limit the trial’s duration to a week.
Trump’s first impeachment, in 2019, lasted three weeks. It is expected to be faster and confident, social media posts and live video from people on the spot. CNET will recap the events of each day.