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Senate Votes That Trump's Second Impeachment Trial is Constitutional

What Happened:

  • On Tuesday, former president Trump's defense team argued that his second impeachment trial should be rejected on the grounds that it is unconstitutional.

  • After hearing four hours of arguments, the Senate voted 56-44 that the Senate had jurisdiction and that Trump's second impeachment trial could proceed. Six Republicans broke party lines and voted with Democrats to proceed with the impeachment.

  • The former president was impeached on one count of "incitement of an insurrection" for his role in the Capitol Hill riot of Jan. 6.

  • This is the first time in US history that a non-sitting president has been impeached. It is also the first time that a president has been impeached twice.

  • Although a few Republicans have broken with party lines in saying that Trump bears some responsibility for the Jan. 6 riot, conviction would require 2/3 of the Senate and is considered highly unlikely.

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