The US Senate has voted to proceed with the impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump, rejecting defense arguments that it was unconstitutional.
Defense lawyers had argued that Trump could not face a trial in the Senate for after leaving the White House.
But a 56-44 majority voted in favour of allowing full proceedings to begin, with a handful of Republicans backing the measure.
Democrats accuse Trump of “inciting insurrection” when Congress was stormed last month by supporters of unverified claims that widespread electoral fraud denied Trump victory in the US presidential election.
Finally, on January 6, Trump told enraged Republican supporters near the White House to “fight like hell.” The crowd, chanting “stop the steal,” then attacked Congress, where Pence and lawmakers were in the process of certifying Biden’s victory.