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Former President Donald Trump faces his second impeachment trial in a year, a historic moment.

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The Senate voted 56-44 to continue its impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump on Tuesday and will resume Wednesday at 12 p.m. ET (9 a.m. PT). The trial — which focuses on Trump’s role in inciting the attack on Capitol Hill Jan. 6 that resulted in five deaths and dozens of arrests — opened on Tuesday with a video showing the attack on the Capitol (see below). Immediately before the riot, Trump spoke to followers at a gathering in Washington, DC, to falsely claim 2020 election fraud in an attempt to disrupt Congress from confirming President Joe Biden’s victory.

Trump has rejected the request to testify under oath either before or during the Senate trial. A formal letter (PDF) from lead House impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin says Trump “denied many factual allegations set forth in the Article of Impeachment.”

Trump is the first president in history to be impeached twice and the first president subjected to an impeachment trial after his term ended. If two-thirds of the Senate votes to convict Trump, there could be an additional vote to disqualify Trump from holding public office again. During his final days as US president, the House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump 232-197 on the article “incitement of insurrection.” 

Here’s where to watch the second day of Trump’s impeachment trial. You can see the video of the Capitol riot below, and keep reading for a recap of the day’s events Here’s more information about Day 1 of Trump’s impeachment trial.

What’s the schedule for Trump’s impeachment trial?

The Senate’s scheduled impeachment trial started Tuesday, and will move forward by a vote of 56-44. 

It’ll continue Wednesday at 12 p.m. ET, giving each side a total of 16 hours spread across multiple days to present their cases.

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Where to watch the impeachment trial live without cable

The Senate impeachment trial will be aired on most major TV news networks. If you don’t have cable, here’s where you can view the trial for free.

Here’s what happened on Tuesday, the first day of the trial

  • The Democratic impeachment managers, including Raskin, Rep. Joe Neguse and Rep. David Cicilline, presented the case that a president can stand trial for an impeachable offense after leaving office.
  • Trump’s attorneys, Bruce Castor and David Schoen took the stand. Schoen argued the Constitution doesn’t allow a former president to be impeached because they “cannot be removed” from office.
  • The Senate voted 56-44 in favor of continuing the impeachment trial against Trump.

How long will the trial last?

There’s no set time for an impeachment trial, although it is expected to run at least until Monday, Feb. 15, with a vote on the final verdict potentially taking place Feb. 15 or 16. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell met Monday to finalize the schedule, in hopes of limiting the length of the trial to one week.

Trump’s first impeachment, in 2019, lasted three weeks. This one is expected to go faster and rely largely on evidence gathered from news video, social media posts and live video from people on the scene. CNET will recap the events of each day.