Opening arguments in President Trump’s impeachment trial began on Jan. 22 in the Senate. House managers, led by Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), will present three days of opening arguments. Then, senators will have 16 hours to ask questions in writing. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. will read the questions out loud, and the appropriate side — defense or prosecution — can answer them. President 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.
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Day 10 | Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump | January 31

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The House managers wrapped up their arguments against President Trump on Jan. 24. Trump’s team, including lawyers Pat Cipollone and Jay Sekulow, now has 24 hours to present their case. After Trump’s lawyers conclude their presentation early next week, senators will have an opportunity to submit questions to both sides in writing. Following that, debate will turn to whether to call witnesses and subpoena documents.

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.

Day 4 | Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump | January 24

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Day 1| Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump | January 21

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Rep. Schiff’s full opening argument in the Trump impeachment trial | January 22

Rep. Adam Schiff, the lead House manager, argued the case against President Donald Trump in the impeachment trial on Jan. 22, saying that the president withheld U.S. military aid in an attempt to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rivals. Schiff’s remarks kicked off the House managers’ opening arguments, which will be presented in 24 hours over the course of three days. “Guarding against a president who undertakes official acts with the corrupt motive of helping himself is at the heart of the impeachment power,” Schiff said. The House of Representatives impeached the president in December on two articles — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The trial will determine whether Trump is convicted of those charges and removed from office, or acquitted.

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Rep. Schiff’s closing argument in impeachment trial of President Trump | January 24

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