WASHINGTON (WFLA) – The U.S. Senate is set to become an impeachment court on Thursday, one day after the House officially handed over the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.
Two ceremonial procedures took place Thursday in the Senate. The first was when the House impeachment managers, who are serving as prosecutors, walked to the Senate and formally read the articles of impeachment. Chief Justice John Roberts, who is presiding over the trial, was then sworn in. The second procedure was when Roberts swore in the senators who are serving as jurors in the trial.
Thursday’s proceedings were mostly a formal presentation of the articles that were signed by House members and transferred to the Senate Wednesday evening. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the trial and opening arguments won’t really begin until Tuesday.
Digital anchor JB Biunno covered the proceedings throughout the day. He was joined by political reporter Evan Donovan and Washington correspondent Kellie Meyer, 8 On Your Side Investigates reporter Mahsa Saeidi, who is a licensed attorney and former New York City prosecutor, and Washington correspondent Trevor Shirley.