The impeachment trial of Donald Trump

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 committee, Jerrold Nadler, head of the House 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

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