"Hear ye!" With those words from the Senate's sergeant at arms, the upper chamber yesterday launched its third-ever impeachment trial. As Chief Justice John Roberts administered an oath of "impartial justice" to senators, the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office said President Donald Trump broke the law when he withheld U.S. aid to Ukraine. Meanwhile, an indicted associate of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani forked over fresh evidence implicating the president in Giuliani's efforts to pressure Kyiv for political help.
What's unique about these proceedings? The trial is not only occurring during an election year — raising the stakes for both parties — but four of the senators acting as jurors are running for president.