U.S. Senate Finds Trump Impeachment Trial "Constitutional", Allows Full Proceedings to Begin
The US Senate has found that the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump is constitutional, allowing full proceedings to begin.
Mr. Trump's defense team argues that as a private citizen, Trump can not face an impeachment trial.
However, a 56-44 majority of the senate voted to continue on with the trial, citing that Trump had "incited an insurrection", when a protest turned violent at the capitol.
Despite the majority voting to continue on with the trial, it remains likely that Trump will be acquitted, as only six Republican senators voted to move forward with the impeachment, well short of the 17 needed votes.
Democrats started proceedings by showing the drmatic video coverage of the capitol being stormed, as well as Trump's speech before the now imfamous events transpired.
"That's a high crime and misdemeanour," Representative Jamie Raskin of Maryland said of the footage. "If that's not an impeachable offence, then there's no such thing."
Lawyers for Mr. Trump argued that it was unconstitutional to put a former president through the process at all and accused Democrats of being politically motivated.
A two-thirds majority is required to convict former president Trump, which again, seems highly unlikely at this point.
However, if convicted, Trump would be barred from ever holding the office of president again.