How to Watch Donald Trump’s Impeachment Trial
The Senate gets set to debate the rules for Trump’s trial today. Tomorrow, the opening arguments begin.
Impeachment trials are a rarity in the great American experiment: President Donald Trump’s is only the third to take place in over 200 years of US history. If you want to witness this historic event yourself, get ready to hunker down and check your local listings this week—especially given that Senate majority leader has both put it on a fast track and guaranteed much of the action will happen well after most reasonable bedtimes. While it’s unclear how much of the proceedings the major broadcast and news networks will show, you’ve got no shortage of ways to watch.
While Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts swore in the senators last week, the historic trial gets underway in earnest at 1 pm ET today, when Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell will introduce a resolution that governs how the trial will proceed. You can read it in full below. Two hours have been allotted for debate, which is likely to be rancorous given that McConnell has opted to take the express route. Because senators themselves aren’t allowed to speak during the trial, arguments will be made by the impeachment managers from the House of Representatives, who function like prosecutors, and Trump’s legal team. (Truly, what’s an impeachment these days without Ken Starr?)