MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The second U.S. Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump got underway Tuesday.
Senate Pro Tempore Patrick Leahy is presiding over the proceedings.READ MORE: Johnson & Johnson Single-Shot COVID-19 Vaccine Joining In The Fight Against Global Pandemic
It began with the chaplain leading the Senate in prayer and then the pledge of allegiance. The acting Senate sergeant-at-arms Jennifer Hemingway also read a proclamation.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer introduced a resolution on the rules of the impeachment trial.
It was passed by a vote of 89 to 11.
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Before the proceeding got underway, Senator Marco Rubio expressed his displeasure in a video that it was moving forward.
“There isn’t a single American that’s going to get a vaccine because of this impeachment trial. There isn’t a single American that’s going to find a job because of this impeachment trial. There isn’t a single thing that’s going to happen to make us safer from the threat of China from this impeachment trial,” Rubio said.
He added that those were the things that lawmakers should be working on. Getting more vaccines, getting the economy growing, and getting people back to work instead of holding a trial to impeach a president who’s no longer in office.
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A CBS News poll out Tuesday morning showed a majority of Americans, 56 percent, believe the Senate should convict former President Trump, but only 17 percent of Republicans agree.