Wednesday begins what likely will be the final day of the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.  

According to CBS News, senators will continue making 10-minute speeches in the morning, with votes on the two articles of impeachment expected around 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET. Trump’s acquittal is practically a foregone conclusion. The votes of 67 senators in the Republican-controlled chamber would be required to remove Trump from office.
  
At issue in the trial is Trump’s conduct in dealing with Ukraine. That includes a phone call in July in which he appeared to ask the country’s new president to investigate ties between a Ukrainian gas company and former US Vice President Joe Biden, currently a Democratic presidential candidate, as well as his son Hunter Biden.

In a December vote, the Democratic-controlled House passed two articles of impeachment accusing Trump of abusing power and obstructing Congress. Both votes were largely along party lines — as Wednesday’s vote in the Senate will likely be too. 

Full coverage of the impeachment trial can be found at CBS News.  

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President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial could end within the next few days.


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How can I watch? 

Various news networks and outlets will livestream the day’s events. A number of broadcasters, including PBS and cable news channels Fox News, MSNBC, CNN and C-SPAN, have been preempting regular programming to offer live broadcasts. (Disclosure: CNET is a division of CBS Interactive, which is owned by ViacomCBS.)

Local broadcasters CBS, ABC and NBC have also preempted regular programming to broadcast the trial.

You can livestream the trial for free online at sites such as C-SPAN or through YouTube channels for various news outlets including C-SPAN which will be embedded above.

What time does it start? 

Wednesday’s Senate trial began at 6:30 a.m. PT/9:30 a.m. ET. 

The vote is set for 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET. 

Who else has been impeached?  

Trump is the third president to be impeached by the House since the Constitution was adopted in 1788. Presidents Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton were also impeached.

President Richard Nixon resigned before the House had a chance to impeach him for his role in the Watergate scandal. Both Johnson and Clinton were acquitted by the Senate in their respective impeachment trials. 

What does Trump have to say? 

In a six-page letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in December before the House vote, Trump blasted the proceedings and said “more due process was afforded to those accused in the Salem Witch Trials.” 

“It is time for you and the highly partisan Democrats in Congress to immediately cease this impeachment fantasy and get back to work for the American people,” the president wrote. “While I have no expectation that you will do so, I write this letter to you for the purpose of history and to put my thoughts on a permanent and indelible record.”

He has since commented and tweeted many times about the impeachment, calling it a “disgrace” and a “hoax.” As talk picked up in late January for Bolton to testify, Trump tweeted that he “never told” Bolton to tie Ukraine aid to an investigation. 

Bolton writes in his new book, the draft of which was described to The New York Times, that Trump refused to release $391 million in military aid unless Ukraine helped investigate his political rivals.   

While he hasn’t tweeted much on the impeachment since his State of the Union address Tuesday night, earlier this week the president continued calling the impeachment a “hoax.”

Where can I learn more about impeachment? 

CBS News has full coverage of the impeachment process, inquiry and proceedings. 

Originally published Nov. 12 and updated on a regular basis.
Correction, Nov. 14: An earlier version of this story incorrectly described Joe Biden. He’s a Democratic presidential candidate.

source: cnet.com

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