The chief justice of the United States, along with U.S. senators, took a special oath Thursday to hear the impeachment trial against Donald Trump beginning Tuesday. The U.S. president is accused of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, related to his withholding military aid to Ukraine and pressuring Ukraine to investigate political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden. Trump has until Saturday to submit his formal responses against him but is already speaking out against the trial.
To discuss all of this:
- John Burnett is managing director and founder of 1 Empire Group, a consulting firm.
- David Charter is U.S. editor of the British newspaper, The Times.
- Steve Chaggaris is a political analyst and longtime journalist.
- Christopher Hahn is the host of The Aggressive Progressive Podcast on Revolver.
As President Trump’s impeachment trial kicks off in earnest, Senate Republicans are still wrestling with how to follow the precedent set by Bill Clinton’s trial while also giving Trump the swift acquittal he desires https://t.co/E9GdMq7ndP
— POLITICO (@politico) January 17, 2020
NEW: Trump's impeachment team for the Senate trial will include Ken Starr, Robert Ray and Alan Dershowitz in addition to lawyers Pat Cipollone, Jay Sekulow and Florida AG Pam Bondi, two sources familiar with the matter tell Axios. https://t.co/Mik654hDMf
— Axios (@axios) January 17, 2020
In a somber ceremony that has happened only twice before in the nation’s history, the U.S. Senate formally opened the impeachment trial of President Trump https://t.co/bRAsXg91iS
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 17, 2020