Trump impeachment trial opens as senators are sworn in

Donald Trump’s impeachment trial has started with senators being sworn in as jurors and the charges against the president read out.

As senators took their oaths, a congressional watchdog found the White House broke the law by withholding security aid for Ukraine approved by Congress.

It is unclear whether the assessment from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office will feature in the president’s trial in the Republican-led Senate as it is not known if new evidence will be considered.

Nancy Pelosi signs article of impeachment against president Trump
Image:Nancy Pelosi signed the article of impeachment on Wednesday

As the impeachment trial officially started, seven House representatives who have been appointed as impeachment prosecutors walked across the Capitol for the second day after delivering the charges to the Senate on Wednesday.

“Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye!” called out the Senate’s sergeant-at-arms as he started the ceremonial protocol ahead of the charges being read out.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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