Trump impeachment trial opens with "impartial justice" oath
John Roberts swears in members of the Senate for the impeachment trial against President Trump. Photo: Senate Television via AP
We're about to get our first impeachment trial in HD, but the rules and procedures are like entering a time capsule.
Driving the news: Senators sat quietly in their seats while Rep. Adam Schiff read the articles aloud.
- They stood as a group while Chief Justice John Roberts was sworn in, and they remained standing as he swore them in.
- Reporters were forced back to paper notebooks, since they aren't allowed to bring any technology such as phones or laptops into the Senate chamber.
Between the lines: For the next few weeks, the Senate will be an extremely different institution — with consequences that extend to the Democratic presidential primaries.
- Starting at 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sens. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar will be busy on Capitol Hill, with Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg free to barnstorm Iowa.
- Sanders would "rather be in Iowa today," he told Politico. "There’s a caucus there in two-and-a-half weeks. I’d rather be in New Hampshire and Nevada. But I swore a constitutional oath as a U.S. senator to do my job.”
- House briefs due 5 p.m. Saturday.
- Trump's briefs due 12 p.m. Monday.
- House reply due 12 p.m. Tuesday.
- Opening arguments begin 1 p.m. Tuesday.