On Tuesday, the impeachment trial of President Trump – the third such trial in U.S. history – began in the U.S. Senate. As predicted, opening day was marked by bitter partisan attacks – and party line votes defining the rules for the proceedings.
But, since an impeachment is a political – not legal – proceeding, can the American public have any expectation of a fair trial, where evidence and testimony are adjudicated impartially and based upon the law?
Seeing the battle lines clearly drawn for the days ahead, is this what the founding fathers had in mind when they wrote Article One of the U.S. Constitution?
To help us better understand what to expect from President Trump’s impeachment trial is Lincoln Mitchell – a political analyst and Adjunct Associate Professor of Political Science at Columbia University.