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Preparations accelerate this week for historic Senate trial of Trump

Laura Albinson of Pasadena, Md., displays a message for members of Congress as they leave the Capitol on Friday. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
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In a matter of days, the Senate is expected to launch a historic trial of President Trump, marking just the third time a U.S. president will have faced potential removal from office following impeachment by the House.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has said her chamber will vote to appoint House impeachment managers and transmit the two articles of impeachment — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — by the end of the week despite no upfront agreement with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on whether witnesses will be called.