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Senate opens to hear articles of impeachment against Trump

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Posted at 11:57 AM, Jan 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-16 13:34:05-05

The Senate heard the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Thursday, beginning the third impeachment trial in U.S. history.

House lawmakers prosecuting the case walked across the Capitol at noon.

The House lawmakers prosecuting the case read the charges to the Senate. Later in the day, Roberts will administer the jurors’ oath to senators who swear to deliver “impartial justice.”

The events, unfolding during an election year as Trump seeks another term, will be a test not only of his presidency but also of the nation’s three branches of power and its system of checks and balances. Several senators are running for the Democratic party’s nomination to challenge Trump in November.

The president calls the impeachment a “hoax,” even as new information emerges about his actions toward Ukraine that led to the charges against him.

He faces a charge that he abused his presidential power by pressuring Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden, using military aid to the country as leverage. Trump was also charged with obstructing Congress’ ensuing probe.

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