The historic impeachment trial of President Trump began Thursday with the swearing in of senators and the delivering of the two imeachment charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
John G. Roberts Jr., chief justice of the United States, was sworn in to control over the trial, which is concentrated on Trump’s conduct toward Ukraine. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has stated the trial will proceed “in earnest” next week.
Fallout also remained Thursday from brand-new allegations by Lev Parnas, a onetime associate of Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani, that Trump comprehended of his efforts to dig up dirt in Ukraine that could benefit Trump politically. The impeachment charges — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — center on the allegation that Trump withheld military aid and a White House meeting to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rivals, including former vice president Joe Biden.