by Mike ‘Mish’ Shedlock
A nonpartisan Congressional watchdog says Trump acted illegally on Ukraine. This is the heart of the impeachment trial.
The Trump Impeachment Trial is now underway. This is only the third such occurrence in US history.
Shortly after 2 p.m., Chief Justice John Roberts, who is presiding, was escorted into the Senate by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), Roy Blunt (R., Mo.), Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) and Patrick Leahy (D., Vt.).
Everyone in the chamber rose to their feet, including members of the public and press who looked on from the balconies. The only sound was the scratching of reporters’ pens. Then Chief Justice Roberts spoke.