House impeachment managers and President Trump’s lawyers have concluded their opening arguments in the Senate. The impeachment trial is now in the question period for both sides, when senators submit questions in writing to Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. The chief justice will read questions out loud, alternating between the majority and minority for up to eight hours.
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Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives in December for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Impeachment does not mean that the president has been removed from office. In the next phase, the Senate must hold a trial to make that determination. A Senate impeachment trial has happened only two other times in American history and once in the modern era. At the center of the Democrats’ case is that Trump sought to withhold military assistance and an Oval Office meeting until Ukraine announced investigations into former vice president Joe Biden and his son.
Watch the debate on Jan. 21 on the rules of the trial: https://youtu.be/yz_J8sfZVEE.
Watch the first day of opening arguments on Jan. 22: https://youtu.be/ttkY4rQqBPw
Watch the second day of opening arguments on Jan. 23: https://youtu.be/1PcqupKuKro
Watch the third day of opening arguments on Jan. 24: https://youtu.be/WpmUGeWzuOg
Watch the first day of Trump’s legal team’s defense on Jan. 25: https://youtu.be/WpmUGeWzuOg
Watch the second day of Trump’s legal team’s defense on Jan. 27: https://youtu.be/uyp7UvBPsjc
Watch the third day of Trump’s legal team’s defense on Jan. 28: https://youtu.be/u8Wf_9xDiSo
Watch the first day of the question period on Jan. 29: