Trump impeach trial moves forward despite sure acquittal

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Plans for the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump moved forward Tuesday — even though 45 Republican senators have already signaled agreement with a key defense point. The GOP bloc — which is large enough to ensure acquittal if it holds — last week voted in favor of dismissing the case against Trump on grounds that he’s now a private citizen. Trump echoed that argument Tuesday in a 14-page answer to the sole article of impeachment against him, with his lawyers saying the Senate “lacks jurisdiction over the 45th President because he holds no public office from which he can be removed.” Under the US Constitution, two-thirds of the Senate is needed to convict anyone following impeachment by the House of Representatives.