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The Trump impeachment process has begun in the US Senate

The process of impeachment of former US President Donald Trump has begun in the upper house of the US Congress. NBC News is streaming live on YouTube.

The process began with a vote on a resolution with agreements on the format of the procedure. It was supported by 89 senators, 11 — opposed. Also, the senators were shown a video about the events of January 6, when supporters of the former head of state stormed the Capitol building.

Before that, a representative of the prosecution, a member of the House of Representatives, Democrat Jamie Ruskin, spoke. He showed a slide showing the calendar of Trump's rule, explaining that all this time he could be subject to impeachment and there could be no exceptions for the events of January 2021.

According to the agreements reached, prosecutors and lawyers will make introductory speeches, after which they will begin speeches lasting up to 16 hours — this is given two days — for each of the parties to present their arguments. In addition, senators will be given four hours to ask questions of lawyers and prosecutors from the lower house. Both parties will be given four hours for final statements, equally divided between prosecutors and lawyers.

On January 14, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump over the riots in Washington. The last vote was the second attempt to remove Trump from office. Democrats motivate the decision to impeach Trump, including the fact that after the process is over, he will not be able to run for president. This is the first time the US has attempted to remove a state leader from office after the end of the presidential term.

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