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Live Coverage: Senate Impeachment Trial
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Live Coverage: Senate Impeachment Trial

Live Coverage: Senate Impeachment Trial
First public hearings in Trump impeachment inquiry to begin next week

Live Coverage: Senate Impeachment Trial

The U.S. Senate is set to vote Wednesday on whether to acquit President Donald Trump on charges he abused his presidential authority then tried to cover it up, or whether to remove him from office. 

The votes will come hours after Trump delivered the State of the Union address from the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives where he was impeached eight weeks ago. 

The House returned two articles of impeachment against Trump in December over charges he pressured Ukraine to announce an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, who was sitting on the board of directors of a Ukrainian energy company. 

According to the House impeachment articles, Trump misused his presidential power to try to force Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky into making an announcement of an investigation into the Bidens in exchange for releasing a hold on military aid and the promise of a White House meeting for Zelensky. 

The second article of impeachment charged Trump tried to interfere with a congressional investigation of the alleged Ukrainian deal.

>>WATCH a live stream of the vote below.

 >>LISTEN to live coverage of the vote by clicking HERE.

Here is what to expect Wednesday in the Senate. 

When is the vote: There will be two votes, one on the first article, abuse of power, then one on the second article, obstruction of Congress. The voting is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. ET. 

How to watch: The vote will be shown live on all broadcast networks and cable news channels. 

What about livestream: Come back here beginning at 3 p.m. ET to stream the vote and follow along with live updates of the voting. 

Who will vote to remove Trump: Almost all 47 Democrats have said that they will vote to remove Trump from office. Two that have not said how they will vote are Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia and Sen. Doug Jones, D-Alabama. While neither has said how they intend to vote, both are facing tough reelection fights in conservative states. 

With the exception of Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah who has left the door open to possibly voting for at least one of the two articles of impeachment, all the other 52 Republicans have indicated they will vote to acquit the president. 

What does it take to remove him: The vote to remove a president from office is called a supermajority vote. That means that 67 senators must vote to remove Trump from office.

>>Follow WSB Washington Insider Jamie Dupree and WSB host Erick Erickson’s coverage of the hearing on Twitter.

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