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Impeachment live updates: Senate upholds constitutionality of Trump impeachment trial after 6 Republicans vote with Democrats

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Senate votes that Trump impeachment trial is constitutional

The Senate voted largely along party lines Tuesday to uphold the constitutionality of Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, allowing the proceedings to move forward.

Six Republican senators joined Democrats in rejecting an effort by the former president’s lawyers to dismiss the case. The team had argued the trial was unconstitutional because Trump is no longer in office.

The decision means the trial will resume noon Wednesday with the nine Democratic House impeachment managers presenting evidence that the then-president incited the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol.

The vote came after both the managers, who are tasked with prosecuting the former president, and Trump’s defense team each argued their cases for two hours.

Citing the 1876 impeachment trial of former War Secretary William Belknap, Democrats said the Senate already has established precedent to hold officials accountable even after they became private citizens.

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