Debate starts at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday Although the process is expected to be quick, verbal arguments could last into next week

The second impeachment trial against former President Donald J Trump kicks off Tuesday, about a month after he was called by the House of Representatives over rioting over his role in fighting a violent mob that hit the Capitol on Jan. January stormed, had been charged 6

Senate Democrats and Republicans, along with the impeachment executives of the House of Representatives and Mr Trump’s legal team, reached a bipartisan agreement on Monday that should pave the way for a particularly fast and efficient process that could be completed early next week

The rules allow each side up to 16 hours to present their case. The Senate stands ready to vote to approve the rules and officially start the process at Aug.Starting midnight on Tuesday

Up to four hours will be devoted to debating the constitutionality of the indictment of a president who is no longer in office. If a simple majority of the senators agree to proceed as expected, the bulk of the process begins

As of Wednesday, the prosecution and defense have 16 hours each to present their cases to the senators, who act as jury.The oral statements will continue at least until Friday, but could extend into the next week

Tradition dictates that senators are allowed to ask questions for at least a day. This time, senators can give property managers the opportunity to force a debate and vote on calling witnesses However, it is unclear whether they will choose to do so, and the process is expected to be concluded with final arguments and a final vote on the conviction of Mr Trump

In one fast-paced and cinematic case, property managers will argue before the Senate that Mr. Trump is guilty of causing a lethal crowd of his supporters to leave the Capitol on Jan. Storm January 6

Prosecutors plan to show videos made by the crowd, Mr. Trump’s unvarnished words and criminal pleas from rioters who said they were acting at the behest of the former president in an attempt to rekindle outrage over the attack that hid lawmakers when they met for President Biden’s victory To confirm, the property managers seek a conviction and lock Mr. Trump from office again

“We think every American should know what happened,” Maryland Democrat Representative Jamie Raskin said in an interview, “The reason he was indicted by the House of Representatives and why he was convicted and by the.” Exercising a future federal office should be ruled out, is to ensure that such an attack on our democracy and constitution never happens again ”

In a 78-page letter filed on Monday, Mr. Trump’s attorneys argued that impeachment proceedings were unconstitutional because Congress had no basis on which to judge a former president.No former president has ever been charged, but the trial is not without precedent : The Senate put a war minister on trial in the 1870s after he resigned from office

On Friday, more than 140 constitutional attorneys supported Dr. Trump’s attorneys call it “legally frivolous” However, it could still give Republican senators political protection to dismiss charges on a technical issue without being forced to focus on Mr. Trump’s conduct

Whatever disputes unfold over the course of the week, few expect enough Senate Republicans to vote differently than they did in Mr. Trump’s first impeachment trial

Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, said so on Sunday and suggested on the CBS Face the Nation program that the outcome of the trial was “really not in doubt”

When the Senate voted in favor of Mr. Trump’s acquittal last year, Utah Senator Mitt Romney was the only Republican to join the Democrats to vote for a condemnation

Several other Republicans including Senators Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania and Susan Collins of Maine said they had serious concerns about Mr. Trump’s role in inciting violence

Less than two weeks ago, 45 Republicans voted to dismiss the entire impeachment process as unconstitutional, which strongly suggests that the 67-vote threshold required for conviction – or two-thirds of the chamber – may be out of reach

The New York Times Congressional team will be following developments on Capitol Hill. Visit nytimescom for weekly coverage

The proceedings are also streamed online by C-SPAN and televised by major networks such as CNN and PBS

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