Trump on trial: Impeachment explained – and what happens today

Donald Trump’s impeachment trial begins today in the US Senate. Here’s what it means and what’s going to happen.

In a sentence: Donald Trump is going on trial and, if found guilty, could be removed from office.

In a paragraph: US senators will listen to evidence and decide whether the president has committed a “high crime or misdemeanour”.

Trump should be acquitted on first day - president's lawyers

Trump should be acquitted on first day – president’s lawyers

In 100 words: Mr Trump has been accused of inviting a foreign government to interfere in his re-election campaign by asking Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate his Democratic rival Joe Biden.

In order to reach this stage, Mr Trump was impeached – which means Congress voted on whether they believed there was a case against him.

Mark Gibson

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

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