The Second Impeachment Trial of President Trump, Live Coverage from PBS NewsHour

February 9, 2021

Day Five of Trial, starting at 10 a.m.
Updated February 13.
Five days of the second impeachment trial of President Donald Trump in the Senate will be broadcast live on THIRTEEN, February 9 from 1–5 p.m., and February 10, 11 and 12 from 12–5 p.m.; Saturday, February 13, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (end time approximate). PBS NewsHour will provide live coverage and analysis.

The impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump begins February 9 in the Senate, where lawmakers will begin the process of considering whether to convict him on a charge of incitement of insurrection following the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. This is his second impeachment trial. Coverage of all four days will be found on this page.

The first day will feature arguments over the constitutionality of this trial. There will be up to four hours of arguments. Then, the Senate will vote on whether it is constitutional to put a former president on trial for impeachment.

Background to Trial

Trump was impeached by the House in January while still in office. Trump is the  first president to be impeached twice. It was a largely party-line vote, but 10 Republicans joined Democrats in condemning the president for stoking violence at the Capitol. Unlike his last impeachment trial before the Senate in 2020, when he faced charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, this trial comes weeks after the end of his term, another first.

Most Senate Republicans voted not to proceed with the trial because they view it as unconstitutional to try Trump once no longer in office, but that motion failed in a 55-45 vote. Democrats have a razor thin majority in the Senate, giving them the power to push forward with the trial and on their terms, but they will need to win over some Republicans in order to convict Trump, which requires a two-thirds majority vote.

Learn more about the procedure of the trial, and get answers to frequently asked questions on the PBS NewsHour site.

How to Watch

For the first four days of the trial, tune-in to Thirteen (see how to watch), livestream at or watch the PBS NewsHour YouTube channel stream on this page. The Senate expects to have a final vote on Saturday (it is no longer recessing on Saturday as previously announced).

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Five Days of Impeachment Trial Coverage

Day 1 of Impeachment Trial: February 9, 12–5 p.m.

Senate debates whether the trial is constitutional.

Day 2 of Impeachment Trial: February 10, 12–5 p.m.

Day 3 of Impeachment Trial: February 11, 12–5 p.m.

Day 4 of Impeachment Trial: February 12, 12–5 p.m.

Day 5 of Impeachment Trial: February 13, 10–5 p.m.

Final vote on impeachment is expected.

Judy Woodruff, host of PBS NewsHour.

Judy Woodruff, host of PBS NewsHour.