Trump Impeachment Trial: When And Where To Watch

The Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump begins today, Feb 9, with oral arguments. The House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump 232-197, during his final days as US president, on one impeachment article: “incitement of insurrection”.

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The Senate trial focuses on the role of Trump in triggering the Jan. 6 violent attack on Capitol Hill, resulting in five deaths and hundreds of arrests. Trump spoke to supporters in Washington, DC, immediately before the riot, at a rally to falsely condemn the 2020 electoral manipulation in an effort to disrupt Congress from confirming the victory of President Joe Biden.

The appeal to appear under oath either before or after the Senate trial has been rejected by Trump. A formal letter (PDF) from Rep. Jaimie Raskin, the lead impeachment manager, states that Trump “denied many factual allegations set forth in the Article of Impeachment.”

Trump is now the only president in history to be impeached twice. Since his term ended, he is the first president to be subject to an impeachment trial. There may be an additional vote to disqualify Trump from holding public office again if two-thirds of the Senate votes to impeach Trump.

Here’s where to watch Trump’s impeachment trial that starts Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 1 p.m. ET:

The trial will be aired on most major TV news networks. Don’t have cable? You can watch the trial for free on CNN, YouTube, and PBS NewsHour.

Duration of the trial:

For an impeachment hearing, there is no fixed time. The first impeachment of Trump, in 2019, lasted three weeks. It is predicted that this one will be quicker and focus mainly on material obtained from news videos, social media posts, and live videos from people on the scene.