Trump impeachment trial starts today: How and when to watch – CNET


The House could start the impeachment process on Jan. 13.

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The Senate will begin its oral arguments for the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump today. During Trump’s final days as US president, the House of Representatives voted to impeach him 232-197 on one article: “incitement of insurrection.” 

The Senate trial focuses on Trump’s role in inciting the attack on Capitol Hill Jan. 6 that resulted in five deaths and dozens of arrests. 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 win. Following the events of the day, Trump’s Twitter account, among other social media accounts, was temporarily and then permanently suspended.

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.

Here’s when and where to watch the first day of Trump’s impeachment trial.

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When will Trump’s impeachment trial begin?

The Senate has a scheduled impeachment trial that starts Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) and could last up to four hours, followed by a vote to move forward. 

It’ll continue Wednesday at 12 p.m. ET, if the Senate decides to move forward, giving each side 16 hours to present their cases, according to the Punchbowl newsletter.

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Where to watch the impeachment trial live

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.

What’s happening now?

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell met on Monday to finalize the schedule, in hopes of limiting the length of the trial to one week.

How long will the trial last?

There’s no set time for an impeachment trial, although it is expected to run at least till Monday, Feb. 15. We’ll keep you updated as soon as we know more. 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.