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Trump impeachment hearings: Watch Wednesday's Senate trial live

The Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump continues on Wednesday at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET.

After the first day of the Senate's impeachment trial of President Donald Trump went into the early morning Wednesday, the long process is set to continue Wednesday afternoon as Senate lawmakers return for day 2 in the trial to see whether the now impeached president will be removed from office.  

Overseen by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, the trial will continue in the Senate at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) and is set to run six days a week, including Saturdays, for potentially three to five weeks. After the rules were hashed out on in a 13-hour day 1 session, Wednesday could bring the start of opening arguments in the case from the House of Representatives' impeachment managers, who will present the House's case against the president. 

At issue is whether Trump should be removed from office for his conduct in dealings with Ukraine. That includes a phone call in July in which he appears to have asked the president of Ukraine to investigate former US Vice President Joe Biden, currently a Democratic presidential candidate, and his son Hunter's ties to a Ukrainian gas company, in exchange for US military aid.

In the December vote, the House passed articles saying Trump abused power and obstructed Congress. Both votes were largely across party lines in the Democratic-controlled House, with 67 senators in the Republican-controlled Senate needing to vote to remove the president. If Trump is removed, Vice President Mike Pence would become the 46th president of the United States. 

Full coverage of the impeachment hearings can be found at CBS News here 

Here's how you can follow along.  


Public impeachment hearings concerning US President Donald Trump's conduct in his dealings with Ukraine are in full swing. 

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How can I watch? 

Various news networks and outlets will livestream the day's events. A number of broadcasters, including PBS and cable news channels Fox News, MSNBC, CNN and C-SPAN, previously preempted regular programming to offer live broadcasts of the House debating the articles of impeachment, with the networks expected to do the same for the Senate trial on Tuesday. (Disclosure: CNET is a division of CBS Interactive, which is owned by ViacomCBS.)

Local broadcasters CBS, ABC and NBC preempted regular programming to broadcast the first day of the hearings and have done the same on Wednesday for Day 2.

You can stream the hearing for free online at sites such as C-SPAN or watch the CBS News feed embedded above.  

What time does everything start? 

The Senate trial is set to continue at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) on Wednesday. 

Who else has been impeached?  

Trump joins Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton as the third president to be impeached by the House since the Constitution was adopted in 1788. 

Richard Nixon resigned before the House had a chance to impeach him for his role in the Watergate scandal. Both Johnson and Clinton were acquitted by the Senate in their respective impeachment trials. 

What does Trump have to say? 

In a six-page letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in December before the House vote, Trump blasted the proceedings and said "more due process was afforded to those accused in the Salem Witch Trials." 

"It is time for you and the highly partisan Democrats in Congress to immediately cease this impeachment fantasy and get back to work for the American people," the president wrote. "While I have no expectation that you will do so, I write this letter to you for the purpose of history and to put my thoughts on a permanent and indelible record."

He has since commented and tweeted many times about the impeachment, calling it a "disgrace" and a "hoax."

Where is Trump right now?  

President Trump was in Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum at the start of the trial Tuesday. In an impromptu press conference as he was preparing to leave Davos to head back to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, the president once again commented on the trial calling the Democrats who are leading the impeachment trial "major sleazebags."

Where can I learn more about impeachment? 

CBS News has full coverage of the impeachment process, inquiry and proceedings. 

Originally published Nov. 12.
Updates, Dec. 18: Adds information on impeachment vote in the House of Representatives; Jan. 22: Adds info on Senate trial. 
Correction, Nov. 14: An earlier version of this story incorrectly described Joe Biden. He's a Democratic presidential candidate.