Senate votes 56-44, agrees to hear former President Trump’s impeachment trial

The former president is facing a charge of incitement of insurrection

U.S. President Donald Trump walks to the White House residence after exiting Marine One upon his return on January 12, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump walks to the White House residence after exiting Marine One upon his return on January 12, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) (2021 Getty Images)

WASHINGTON – Senators in Donald Trump’s historic second impeachment trial have agreed to consider the case, rejecting an attempt by the former president’s defense team and some Republican allies to halt the trial because he is no longer in office.

The vote was 56-44 on Tuesday on the question of whether the Senate has jurisdiction and could proceed.

Trump is facing a charge of incitement of insurrection for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

The trial is scheduled to continue on Wednesday at noon.