Setting the stage for President Donald Trump's trial in the Senate, which kicks off with procedural formalities today, the lower chamber also appointed seven Democratic lawmakers to make their case against him. "It’s not partisan. It’s patriotic," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell decried the "factional fever" he claims has tainted the process.
What's on Trump's mind? While he dismissed the proceedings as a "hoax," some allies suggest he's split between wanting a swift conclusion and a prolonged trial to publicly defend himself.