Trump Impeachment Trial: Senate says the trial is constitutional as six Republicans support the impeachment
Donald Trump is the first president to face impeachment charges after leaving office and the first to be twice impeached.
A majority of United States Senators voted the impeachment trial of the former President Donald Trump as constitutional on Tuesday. At least six Republican Senators supported their Democrats counterparts in the voting for the trial to go ahead, confirming the constitutionality of Trump’s impeachment trial by 56-44 votes following a heated debate from both sides.
The historic impeachment trial, first for a former president, opened with a graphic video showing Trump encouraging the up a crowd to march to US Capitol and asking them to ‘fight like hell” against the mandate that has been stolen from them
House Democrats prosecuting the case told senators they were presenting "cold, hard facts" against Trump. Senators sitting as jurors, many who themselves fled for safety that day, watched the jarring video of Trump supporters battling past police to storm the halls
Trump's lawyers are insisting that he is not guilty of the sole charge of "incitement of insurrection", his fiery words just a figure of speech as he encouraged a rally crowd to "fight like hell" for his presidency. But prosecutors say he "as no good defense" and they promise new evidence.
From Wednesday onwards, each of the two sides — the House impeachment managers and Trump lawyers — would have up to 16 hours to present their case before the 100-member Senate for them to vote on the impeachment of Trump days later.
Trump is the first president to face impeachment charges after leaving office and the first to be twice impeached. The Capitol siege stunned the world as hundreds of rioters ransacked the building to try to stop the certification of Biden's victory, a domestic attack on the nation's seat of government unlike any in its history.