What Time Does Donald Trump’s Impeachment Hearing Start Today?

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For the second time in a year, former President Donald Trump will be subject to a Senate impeachment hearing, this time for his role in the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. After making history as the second president to be impeached twice, Trump and his legal team will seek to defend his actions on January 6, as well as his call urging Georgia’s Republican secretary of state to “find” votes to overturn Joe Biden’s victory.

The impeachment hearing today serves as the beginning of what will likely be a weeks-long trial, so political junkies should make it a point to tune in. What time does the impeachment hearing start today? Who is presiding over the impeachment? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE IMPEACHMENT HEARING 2021?

Donald Trump’s second Senate impeachment hearing begins today, Tuesday, February 9. There is no set length for an impeachment hearing, but the 2021 Senate trial is expected to last for less time than Trump’s first, which ran for three weeks.

WHAT TIME DOES IMPEACHMENT HEARING START TODAY?

The impeachment hearing today is expected to begin at 1 p.m. ET.

TRUMP IMPEACHMENT: WHERE TO WATCH IMPEACHMENT HEARING ON TV

Trump’s second impeachment trial will be live streamed on many cable news networks, including MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, C-Span, CBS News, and PBS NewsHour. Networks will begin coverage at different times throughout the day, but as long as you tune in at 1 p.m. ET, you should be good to go.

WHERE TO WATCH IMPEACHMENT LIVE COVERAGE ONLINE

Cord-cutters also have a few options for ways to watch Trump’s second impeachment hearing live. Most major news networks are available to stream via OTT (over-the-top) distributors like Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, and fuboTV, all of which are offering free trials to new customers.

Additionally, free services such as ABC News Live, CBSN, NBC News Now, and PBS NewsHour will be carrying livestreams of the impeachment hearing throughout the week. These digital services are available on a variety of different devices, including Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, mobile, or web. Would you watch the impeachment live on YouTube? These digital news networks are also streaming on YouTube — check out PBS NewsHour’s coverage when it goes live at 12 p.m. ET below.



WHO IS PRESIDING OVER THE IMPEACHMENT?

As stated by the Constitution, the chief justice of the United States presides over presidential impeachment trials, but in late January, John Roberts announced that he would not be presiding over Trump’s second trial (he presided over the first hearing in early 2020). Instead, Senate president pro tempore Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) will preside over the second round of Trump impeachment proceedings.

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