Live Donald Trump impeachment latest news: Senate trial opens in US – live updates

Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial, for inciting a violent insurrection on the US Capitol, will move ahead today after senators rejected the defence’s claim that the proceedings are unconstitutional.

Democrats, who hold the balance of power in the Senate,  won a 56-44 vote on Tuesday allowing opening arguments to begin. Six Republicans backed the motion.

Yesterday, after a shocking 13-minute video showing the violence on January 6, Democrat prosecutors argued that Mr Trump was America’s Founding Fathers’ “worst nightmare come to life.”

The prosecution will make their opening statements at about 5pm UK time.

Follow the latest updates below.   

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