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New York, Jan 21 (Canadian-Media): Trump's impeachment trial on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress began in earnest in the Republican-controlled Senate on Tuesday, media reports said.
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According to an updated resolution unveiled Tuesday by Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell -- that mirror the rules for the trial as those the Senate used in the 1999 impeachment of then-President Bill Clinton -- House Democratic prosecutors and Trump lawyers would get 24 hours over up to three days each to present their opening arguments, which are expected to begin this week.
The Senate proceedings of the trial which started shortly after 1 p.m. ET are expected to continue six days a week, Monday through Saturday, until at least the end of January.
Trump has been accused by the Democrats of pressuring a vulnerable ally to interfere in U.S. elections at the expense of American national security and that he withheld nearly $400 million in aid to Ukraine that had been approved by the Pentagon and Congress.
Trump and his legal team, denied that there was any pressure and the president did nothing wrong and that Democrats are trying to stop him from being re-elected.
Trump is attending the annual gathering of world business leaders in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday and will be briefed about the trial proceedings periodically by staff.