The same Senate chamber that was overrun by insurrectionists will be, starting on Feb. 9, the somber court for Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, as senators weigh making him the first president disqualified from future office. A year ago, following a trial largely drama-free because its end result was never much in doubt, the Senate acquitted Trump of two articles of impeachment. Much is different this time. Trump is an ex-president, the first to face impeachment proceedings after leaving office; the person wielding the gavel will be different; big-name defense attorneys aren’t lining up to defend Trump; and Republicans may be less united in their support of him.
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