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Trump’s impeachment trial begins today: how and when to watch



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The House could start the impeachment process on January 13.

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The Senate begins with its advocacy of the impeachment trial against former President Donald Trump today. During Trump’s last days as president of the US, the House of Representatives voted to impeach him 232-197 on one article: “incitement to insurrection”.

The Senate trial focuses on Trump’s role in instigating it attack on Capitol Hill January 6 that resulted in five deaths and dozens of arrests. 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, among other social media accounts, temporarily and then permanently suspended.

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’s when and where you can watch the first day of Trump’s impeachment process.

When will the Trump impeachment process begin?

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 move forward and give each party 16 hours to present their cases, according to the Punchbowl newsletter.

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Where you can watch the impeachment trial live

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.

What happens now?

Senate Leader Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell met Monday to wrap up the schedule, hoping to cut the length of the trial to a week.

How long will the process take?

There is no set time for an impeachment trial, although it is expected to last until Monday, February 15, at least. We’ll keep you posted as soon as we know more. Trump’s first impeachment, in 2019, lasted three weeks. It is expected to be faster and confident largely on evidence gathered from news video, social media posts and live video from people on the spot. CNET will recap the events of each day.


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