The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump begins in the Senate on Tuesday. This is the second impeachment Trump faces, and will be the first time a president has faced impeachment after leaving office.
President Richard Nixon, who resigned from the presidency, did not face impeachment after he departed office. He was then pardoned by President Gerald Ford. Trump is also the only president to face impeachment, NPR Reports.
On Tuesday, there will be a four hour session during which both the House Speaker appointed Impeachment Managers will make their case for the constitutionality of the trial, and Trump's attorneys will make their case that the trial isn't constitutionally valid at all. This will begin at 1 pm.
After the initial phase, each side will be given 16 hours in which to state their case. The Impeachment Managers will seek to show that Trump was guilty of "incitement." This is as regards the
Senators will then have four hours to pose questions, followed by an additional four hours of debate on whether or not witnesses will be permitted to bring evidence, or whether documented evidence will be presented. The Impeachment Managers don't seem to think that witnesses are necessary since Congress themselves were witnesses to the Capitol riot.
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) called on Donald Trump to testify, but his attorneys said that was mere theatrics. Raskin also claimed that to deny the impeachment's constitutionality would send a bad message to future presidents.
Four hours will then be allocated for closing arguments. The Democrats need 17 Republicans to vote convict for the impeachment to pass. If impeachment passes, the Senate will be able to pass the sentence that Trump will be unable to run for office again.