The Senate’s impeachment trial of President Donald Trump began Thursday with the reading aloud of the two House of Representatives-passed charges, making Trump just the third chief executive in U.S. history to face Senate proceedings.  

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who is leading seven House lawmakers prosecuting the case, read the charges aloud before assembled senators, formally beginning the trial.

“In the history of the Republic, no president has ever ordered the complete defiance of an impeachment inquiry, or sought to obstruct and impede so comprehensively the ability of the House of Representatives to investigate high crimes and

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