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Former president Donald Trump’s impeachment trial for his role in the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol resumes Tuesday in the Senate.

The second impeachment trial of Donald Trump begins in earnest this week over whether the Senate should convict the former president of “incitement of insurrection” about a month after the Capitol riots, a historic and speedy proceeding that could wrap up next week at the earliest.
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After a two-week delay, the trial resumes Tuesday with a debate over the constitutionality of impeaching a private citizen and then will move into several days of oral arguments presented by the House impeachment managers and Trump’s legal team. The last-minute finalization of the rules – and the uncertainty over witnesses – highlights the ongoing debate over the duration of the trial as both sides, especially Democrats, are eager to refocus on legislative priorities.
US Senate impeachment
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York announced Monday the agreement on the trial format and structure reached with Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the House managers and Trump’s legal team. Both Senate leaders characterized the bipartisan resolution on the trial rules as “fair and honest” as they prepare for what will likely unfold as a contentious and emotional process recounting the attack on the Capitol and its members.
“Following the despicable attack on Jan. 6, there must be truth and accountability if we’re going to move forward, heal and bring our country together once again,” Schumer said Monday from the floor. “Sweeping something as momentous under the rug brings no healing whatsoever.”
US Senate impeachment
Starting Wednesday, oral arguments on the merits of impeachment will begin. Each side will get up to 16 hours over the course of two days. The Senate agreed to pause the trial between sundown on Friday through Saturday for observance of the Jewish Sabbath, a request made by one of Trump’s attorneys.
One big sticking point that consumed Trump’s last impeachment trial is whether witnesses will be called. Schumer said the agreement allows the House managers to pursue that option if they choose and then hold a vote on the matter.
But it remains unclear if Democrats have interest in aggressively pursuing witnesses like they did last time. The managers already asked Trump to testify under oath, but he declined to voluntarily do so through his attorneys. And no decision has been made about whether they’ll seek to obtain his testimony through a subpoena.