Historic Trump impeachment trial begins in US Senate

WASHINGTON: (HRNW) The historic impeachment trial of Donald Trump began in a bitterly divided Senate on Thursday with a solemn reading to a hushed chamber of the charges facing the combative 45th US president.

Senate Sergeant of Arms Michael Stenger opened the proceedings with a warning to the 100 senators who will decide whether the 73-year-old chief executive should be removed from office.

“Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye,” Stenger said after the seven members of the House of Representatives who will act as prosecutors marched from the House to the Senate chamber.

“All persons are commanded to keep silent, on pain of imprisonment, while the House of Representatives is exhibiting to the Senate of the United States, articles of impeachment against Donald John Trump, President of the United States,” the sergeant at arms said.

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