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US: Trial Of Former President Trump Begins Tuesday

The unprecedented second impeachment trial of former United States President Donald Trump begins in the US Senate at 1 pm on Tuesday.

Trump will be represented by his attorneys Bruce L Castor Jr and David Schoen, who filed a 78-page trial brief on Monday (February 8) saying the impeachment charge is violative of Trump’s right to free speech and due process, and is “constitutionally flawed” on account of the fact that Trump has already left office.

On January 13, the House of Representatives voted 232-197 to approve a single article of impeachment that accused Trump of “inciting violence against the government of the United States” in an attempt to overturn the result of the election. The article of impeachment also asked that he be disqualified from holding any public office again.

On January 25, the House of Representatives formally sent the article of impeachment to the senate in order for the trial to commence.

Democrats and Republicans, however, agreed on a few days’ delay so that the lawmakers who would be the prosecutors, as well as Trump’s legal team, could get time to prepare, and Senate could use the opportunity to confirm some of President Biden’s Cabinet picks.

Tuesday trial will begin with a debate and vote on whether it is constitutional to prosecute the former president, an argument that could resonate with Republicans keen on voting to acquit Trump.

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