WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump’s senate impeachment trial starts on Tuesday. The U.S. Senate has scheduled the impeachment trial to start at 1 p.m. EST.
Trump was impeached last month by members of the U.S. House on a charge of instigating an insurrection during a January 6th siege on Capitol Hill that reportedly led to five deaths. Ten House Republicans joined all Democrats in voting to impeach President Trump.
The structure will include four hours divided evenly between the Impeachment Managers and President Trump’s counsel to present arguments on Tuesday regarding the constitutionality of the trial, followed by a vote.
Then, If the trial proceeds, there will be up to sixteen hours for the Impeachment Managers in the House to lay out their case – starting on Wednesday, and then 16 hours for Trump’s defense.
There will then be equal time provided for senator’s questions, closing arguments and Senate deliberations. It will be up to the managers to request witnesses.
In a 75-page legal brief released Monday, the President’s lawyers argue that the Senate should immediately dismiss the articles of impeachment.
Trump’s impeachment lawyers David Schoen and Bruce Castor, in the pretrial brief, accused the House Democrats of suffering from “Trump Derangement Syndrome,” engaging in “political theater” and called the trial unconstitutional because Trump is no longer in office.
Will Trump be convicted?
The constitution stipulates “no person shall be convicted without the concurrence of two-thirds of the members present”. The Senate, as currently organized, is currently split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans so at least 17 Republicans would need to find Trump guilty in order for him to be convicted, assuming all senators participate.