Historic second Trump impeachment trial to open

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  1. Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial begins in the US Senate – the first time a president has gone on trial after leaving office
  2. He faces a single charge of “incitement of insurrection” in a speech to supporters ahead of a deadly riot at the US Capitol on 6 January
  3. Trump’s legal team has called the trial “absurd and unconstitutional” on the basis that he has already left office
  4. Democrats laying out the case for the prosecution dispute this saying he should be held accountable
  5. Both sides will present arguments on the legality of the trial, with a vote on whether to proceed later on Tuesday
  6. Trump made history last month by becoming the first president to be charged with misconduct twice by the lower chamber of Congress
  7. He is not expected to attend the Senate trial in person
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