Former President Donald Trump faces a second impeachment trial in the Senate this week, after the House voted last month to approve a count of incitement to an insurrection in the wake of the assault on the Capitol on January 6. Trump has become the first president to be indicted twice, and it is also the first time the trial has taken place after he leaves the White House.
A conviction seems highly unlikely, as it would require the support of two-thirds of the Senate – that is, 17 of the Senate’s 50 Republicans and all of the 50 House Democrats and independents. All but five Republican senators voted two weeks ago to declare the trial unconstitutional, indicating that prosecutors face great odds. But the proceedings are still classified as must-watch television for presidential historians and political junkies, even when the SPX markets, + 0.74% DJIA, + 0.76% are not expected to alter. Here are the key things to know when tuning in. What time does Trump’s impeachment start? It is expected to begin at 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Where can I see the trial? C-SPAN is expected to display the proceedings on its online channels and platforms, as well as major cable news and broadcast networks. Related: 5 Key Questions for Trump’s Senate Impeachment How Long Will the Trial Last? It looks like it will last until next week, but not as long as Trump’s first impeachment trial, which lasted more than two weeks. Tuesday’s proceedings are scheduled to consist of up to four hours of debate on the constitutionality of the trial and then a vote on that issue. If a simple majority of the 100-seat House votes to make the trial constitutionality, it will proceed, said a statement Monday from Senate Majority Office Chuck Schumer. Starting at noon on Wednesday Eastern, each side will be able to present its case on the charge of inciting an insurrection. Those arguments will come in “16 hours for two days for House managers, same for the former president’s lawyer,” Schumer, the New York Democrat, said in a speech Monday. Following the presentations from both sides, the senators will have a total of four hours to ask questions. House impeachment managers, who serve as prosecutors, will have the option of requesting a debate and voting on the subpoena of witnesses and documents. There would be four equally divided hours for arguments on that topic, according to Schumer’s office. Related: Lindsey Graham Says ‘We Will Want The FBI In’ If Democrats Call Only One Witness Final arguments would last up to four hours. No legal action is expected from sundown Friday through Saturday in observance of the Jewish Sabbath, following a request from one of Trump’s defense attorneys. “The trial will be interrupted on Friday afternoon before sunset and will not resume until Sunday afternoon,” Schumer said. And See: How Trump’s Second Impeachment Will Work