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After impeachment, Schiff asks whether Senate will allow fair trial

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Published on December 19, 2019 - Duration: 01:40s

After impeachment, Schiff asks whether Senate will allow fair trial

After President Donald Trump became the third U.S. president to be impeached, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff spoke to reporters and said "the question is now whether Senator McConnell will allow a fair trial in the Senate."

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After impeachment, Schiff asks whether Senate will allow fair trial

"The president of the United States has been impeached, for now only the third time in history.

The president of the United States should be tried and the question is now whether Senator McConnell will allow a fair trial in the Senate," Schiff told reporters on Wednesday (December 18) Donald Trump on Wednesday became the third U.S. president to be impeached as the House of Representatives formally charged him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in a historic step that will inflame partisan tensions across a deeply divided America.

The Democratic-led House's passage of two articles of impeachment on a mostly party-line vote sets the stage for a trial next month in the Republican-controlled Senate - friendlier terrain for Trump - on whether to convict and remove him from office.

No president in the 243-year history of the United States has been removed from office by impeachment.

That would require a two-thirds majority in the 100-member Senate, meaning at least 20 Republicans would have to join Democrats in voting against Trump - and none have indicated they will.

The Senate's top Republican, Mitch McConnell, has predicted there is "no chance" his chamber will remove Trump when it holds its trial.

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