Trump impeachment trial opensChristian Fernsby ▼ | January 16, 2020
Donald Trump's impeachment trial has started as the charges against the president were read out in the Senate.
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"Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye!" called out the Senate's sergeant at arms as he started the ceremonial protocol ahead of the charges being read out.
Lead manager Adam Schiff, who also leads the intelligence committee, then read out the formal charges against the president from the well of the Senate usually reserved for senators.
Chief Justice John Roberts, who will preside over the trial, will later adminster the oath to all 100 senators who will serve as jurors and swear to deliver "impartial justice". ■