What happened at the first day of Trump’s impeachment trial? | DW News

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The US Senate voted 56 to 44 Tuesday that the second impeachment process against former US President Donald Trump is constitutional and can go forward. It concluded the first day of the historic trial. The Senate adjourned until Wednesday shortly after the votes were tabulated.

Most Republican senators have already indicated that they will not vote to convict Trump, which means he will likely be acquitted as a two-thirds majority is needed for a conviction. In this case, at least 17 Republican senators would have to find Trump guilty. The trial is expected to be shorter than Trump’s first impeachment, which took three weeks. There have been reports in US media that the trial could conclude as early as next week, as lawmakers from both parties seek to put the divisive debate in the past.

Trump’s legal team insists the former president is not guilty and argue he was protected by freedom of speech when he told supporters to “fight like hell” to overturn his election defeat. The Democrats prosecuting the case are using graphic videos and personal accounts about the riot to make their case. This includes new video footage that has not yet been seen by the public.

Nine Democratic lawmakers have been chosen by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to argue the case against Trump on the Senate floor. Trump’s legal team will have equal time to respond. Trump is the first president to be impeached and tried twice, and the impeachment trial which started on Tuesday is the first for an ex-president.

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