USA: Senate opens Trump impeachment trial

The Senate of the United States formally opened the impeachment trial of US President Donald Trump in Washington DC on Thursday.

Footage shows legislators in charge of prosecuting the allegations making a solemn walk across the Capital, minutes before the reading of the charges by the House Democrats.

The Senate’s president pro tempore, Chuck Grassley, could also be seen taking the oath from the Supreme Court’s chief justice, John Roberts.

Trump is facing an impeachment trial over abuse of power and obstruction of the Senate. He is expected to be acquitted due to a Republican majority.

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