Explainer: Why Is President Donald Trump on Trial in the Senate?

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WASHINGTON — The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump begins in earnest in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, after he was formally charged by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives on Dec. 18 with “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

The Republican president, who is expected to be acquitted by the Republican-controlled Senate, says he is innocent of the charges.

Here is the Democrats’ case for removing Trump from office, and the Republican counter-argument.

THE CHARGES

In their articles of impeachment https://www.congress.gov/116/bills/hres755/BILLS-116hres755ih.pdf , Democrats charge that Trump abused his power as president by pressuring the government of Ukraine to help him win re-election. They accuse the president of endangering the U.S. Constitution, jeopardizing national security and undermining the integrity of the 2020 election.

They also charge Trump with obstruction of Congress for refusing…

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