Trump impeachment to open with debate on constitutionality

WASHINGTON (AP) – Donald Trump’s historic second impeachment trial over the deadly Capitol siege will launch this week with 16 hours of arguments. It’s set to start Tuesday with a debate and vote on whether it’s even constitutional to prosecute the former president now that he’s no longer in office.

The details are in a negotiated between Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, according to a person granted anonymity to discuss the ongoing talks.

Trump’s second impeachment trial is opening this week with a sense of urgency.

Democrats want to hold the former president accountable for the violent U.S. Capitol siege. And Republicans want it over as fast as possible. Witnesses are unlikely, and Trump declined a request to testify.

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