Impeachment trial: Earlier Saturday start time, how to stream and watch closing arguments and vote

The second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump is coming to a close less than a week after it began.

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On Saturday, the defense team for former President Donald Trump and the House trial managers will each present their final arguments of the impeachment trial before the senators who are serving as the jury are expected to vote to either acquit or convict Trump for “incitement of insurrection.”

The trial is running ahead of schedule, as Trump lawyers Bruce Castor, David Schoen and Michael van der Veen concluded their defense presentation after a few hours on Friday, instead of taking the full 16 hours allotted to them.

Following the defense team’s presentation — which included a video montage of Democrat leaders saying “fight” — the two sides fielded questions from senators. The defense says the trial is unconstitutional because Trump is no longer a sitting president. Trump rejected a request to testify under oath either before or during the Senate trial.

The prosecuting side argued that Trump willfully incited the violent attack on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6. Graphic, newly released footage depicted the attack on the Capitol, including clips from security cameras showing members of Congress running away from people wielding firearms, baseball bats and riot shields after the mob shattered windows, beat down doors and attempted to hunt down specific members of Congress and former Vice President Mike Pence.

Trump is the first president in US history to be impeached twice and the first to be subjected to an impeachment trial after his term ended. Before he left office, the House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump 232-197 on the article “incitement of insurrection.” If two-thirds of the Senate votes to convict him, there could be an additional vote to disqualify Trump from holding public office again.

Here’s how to watch previously unreleased footage, and these are the most important moments and facts about Trump’s impeachment trial so far.

What time does Trump’s impeachment trial start Saturday?

The Senate’s scheduled impeachment trial starts hours earlier today, Saturday, at 10 a.m. ET (7 a.m. PT). The House trial managers and defense team each will get up to two hours to make their final arguments before the Senate votes.

Trump’s legal team finished its presentation on Friday, and the House impeachment managers concluded their case on Thursday.

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Where to watch the impeachment trial live

The Senate impeachment trial is being aired on most major TV news networks today. If you don’t have cable, here’s where you can view the trial for free.

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