Buckle up: What to watch as impeachment trial takes off

National News

January 21, 2020 - 9:53 AM

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) walks to the Senate Chamber on the first day of the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump on Tuesday. (Yuri Gripas/Abaca Press/TNS)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators like to float above messy politics in what’s known by some as the dignified “upper chamber,” home of Congress’ cooler heads and lofty rhetoric.

But as a court of President Donald Trump’s impeachment, the Senate beginning this morning might seem more like the economy cabin of an oversold flight on an especially tense, mandatory work trip.

Rock star legal teams will cram the airy well of the chamber just a few feet from each other and Chief Justice John Roberts. Four television screens take up rarified space. Staff will snap up seats near the wall. A podium stands at the center aisle.

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