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Supreme Court Chief Justice, Senators To Be Sworn In Ahead Of Trump Impeachment Trial

WASHINGTON ― Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and every senator will be sworn on Thursday as the upper chamber gets ready to begin the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump ― the third involving a president in American history.

The largely ceremonial, made-for-TV moments precede the official start of the trial that will begin Tuesday with opening arguments from the House prosecutors, followed by a response from the president’s defense team.

Roberts, who will preside over the proceedings over the next several weeks, will be sworn in at noon by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the president pro tempore of the Senate. All 100 senators are required to sit in their seats on the Senate floor to observe the ceremony, which will take place after the reading of the impeachment articles against Trump.

Later in the day, Roberts will administer an oath to all senators, who will serve as jurors in the trial, to “do impartial justice according to the Constitution.” The Senate will then adjourn until next week.

According to the Senate’s rules, all senators are prohibited from speaking during the trial, and may only submit questions in writing to the chief justice. All electronics are forbidden on the floor; senators will be required to leave their phones in a cubby outside the chamber floor. The proceedings will run six days a week, except Sundays, with each day taken up by at least 5 hours of the trial.

While Democrats have called for the inclusion of fact witnesses during the trial, Republicans have resisted committing to their inclusion, arguing that senators should make a decision on witness testimony after the presentation of evidence.

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