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Divided Senate votes to proceed with impeachment trial of Trump

On Feb. 9, the Senate voted 56 to 44 to proceed with the second impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump. (Video: The Washington Post)

Wednesday’s live updates: Day two of the Trump Senate impeachment trial

A divided Senate voted 56 to 44 on Tuesday to proceed with the impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump, rejecting his lawyers’ argument that it is unconstitutional

Most Republicans stood with Trump and his legal team, which contended the Senate cannot convict a person no longer in office. The House impeachment managers, in pressing for the trial to proceed, said Trump had a role in inciting the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol and should be held accountable. Opening arguments in the trial are set to begin Wednesday.

Here’s what to know:

  • The Senate voted 89 to 11 to agree to the rules of the trial. All 11 votes against the rules came from Republicans.
  • Here is the evidence being presented in Trump’s impeachment trial.
  • President Biden, who is trying to remain focused on his agenda this week, met Tuesday afternoon with leaders of several major U.S. companies about his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief legislation.
  • Neera Tanden, Biden’s nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget, said during a Senate committee hearing that she regretted the tone of some of her past social media posts and pledged to work in a bipartisan fashion if confirmed.
  • A Senate committee voted to advance the nomination of Michael Regan, the top environmental regulator in North Carolina, as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.