The third ever impeachment trial of a US President is about to commence. Here’s some key aspects:
- House on Thursday (NZT) approved sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate by 228 to 193
- The prosecution will be led by seven managers from the House. They are Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House intelligence committee, Jerrold Nadler, head of the House judiciary committee; Hakeem Jeffries of New York; Zoe Lofgren of California; Jason Crow of Colorado; Val Demings of Florida; and Sylvia Garcia of Texas.
- Chief Justice of the United States, John Roberts, will preside over the trial, instead of the Vice-President who normally presides over the Senate. He will be sworn in on Friday
- Trial will begin Wednesday (NZT)
- Trial will last at least a week, possibly several
- 51 votes will decide if any witnesses will be called, and unclear at this side which way that would go
- A two thirds majority needed to convict and remove from office, which is 67 out of 100