The Senate trial focuses on Trump’s role in instigating itJan. 6 that resulted in five deaths and dozens of arrests – the trial opened with a video showing the assault on the Capitol (see below). Just before the riot, Trump spoke to followers at a rally in Washington, DC, to falsely claim 2020 election fraud in an effort to prevent Congress from confirming President Joe Biden’s victory. After the events of the day, Trump’s Twitter account , just like other social media accounts.
Trump has rejected the request to testify under oath before or at the Senate trial. 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-entering public office.
Here you can watch the first day of Trump’s impeachment trial and watch the video of the Capitol riot below.
What is the schedule for Trump’s impeachment process?
The Senate has a scheduled impeachment trial that is starting Tuesday, February 9 at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) and can take up to four hours, followed by a vote to continue.
It will continue Wednesday at noon ET, if the Senate decides to proceed, give each party 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.
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.