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Senate approves timeline for Donald Trump’s impeachment trial

President Trump Departs White House For Final Time In His Presidency
WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 20: President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump depart the White House on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump is making his scheduled departure from the White House for Florida, several hours ahead of the inauguration ceremony for his successor Joe Biden, making him the first president in more than 150 years to refuse to attend the inauguration. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)

Former President Donald Trump’s impeachment is set to continue throughout the weekend under a resolution authored by GOP Leader Mitch McConnell and senate majority leader Chuck Schumer.

The Senate approved the resolution by an 89-11 vote in one of its first actions during the impeachment trial.

The trial initially was going to break for the Jewish Sabbath on Friday evening and Saturday due to a request from Trump’s legal team, but that was eventually withdrawn.

“Unlike the previous impeachment, Leader McConnell and I are introducing the resolution together. No one can claim it’s not fair,” Schumer said.

The trial began Tuesday afternoon with four hours of debate on the constitutional question of whether the Senate can hold an impeachment trial for a former president. The former president’s defense team will get two hours to explain why the Senate trial followed by the House impeachment manager who will also get two hours to explain why the trial is warranted even for someone who no longer holds office.