Historic impeachment trial of Trump begins in the Senate

  17 January 2020    Read: 1440
  Historic   impeachment trial of Trump begins   in the Senate

The historic impeachment trial of President Trump got underway Thursday with the swearing-in of senators and the presentation of the two charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

John G. Roberts Jr., chief justice of the United States, was sworn in to preside over the trial, which is focused on Trump’s conduct toward Ukraine. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said the trial will proceed “in earnest” next week.

Fallout also continued Thursday from new allegations by Lev Parnas, a former associate of Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani, that Trump knew of his efforts to dig up dirt in Ukraine that could benefit Trump politically. The impeachment charges center on the allegation that Trump withheld military aid and a White House meeting to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rivals, including former vice president Joe Biden.


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