The Senate impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump isn’t just a pivotal moment in our nation’s history. It’s also a major TV event.
The trial, which commenced on Tuesday, Jan. 21, will be carried on all major news networks, as well as PBS and C-SPAN. Proceedings conclude on Wednesday, Feb. 5. TVLine will provide a daily live stream of the proceedings.
The House Judiciary Committee approved the articles of impeachment against President Trump on Dec. 13. The first article charges POTUS with “pressuring Ukraine to assist him in his re-election campaign by damaging Democratic rivals,” according to the New York Times. “The second article charges him with obstruction of Congress for blocking testimony and refusing to provide documents in response to House subpoenas in the impeachment inquiry.” He is the third U.S. president to be impeached, following Presidents Andrew Johnson (in 1868) and Bill Clinton (in 1998). No president has ever been convicted.
On Jan. 18, the White House filed a brief on behalf of President Trump. The seven-page document suggested that impeachment was “constitutionally invalid” and a “brazen and unlawful attempt to overturn the results of 2016 election.” The House managers issued a rebuttal which summed up those assertions as “chilling” and “dead wrong.”
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