Trump’s trial starting: ‘Grievous crime’ or just ‘theater’?

  • On the eve of the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., left, Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., center, and other Democratic House impeachment managers walk through the Rotunda after preparing for the case in the Senate, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021. The trial will begin Tuesday with a debate and vote on whether it’s even constitutional to prosecute the former president, an argument that could resonate with Republicans keen on voting to acquit Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON — The Senate launches Donald Trump’s historic second impeachment trial on Tuesday, with lawyers for the former president insisting he is not guilty of inciting mob violence at the Capitol to overturn the election while prosecutors say he must be convicted of the “most grievous constitutional crime” even though he’s gone from the White House.