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Impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump formally began on Thursday.
Seven House impeachment managers — who will serve as prosecutors — are presenting the articles of impeachment in the Senate and reading them.
Then, around 2 p.m., Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will be sworn in as presiding officer.
All 100 senators then pledge an oath to carry out “impartial justice” as jurors in the president’s trial, and sign an oath book. The Senate then delivers notice to Trump, summoning him to the trial.
The real action, however, will likely start next week. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — who has said he will work with the White House on how to deal with the trial — told reporters it could begin in earnest as soon as Tuesday.
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