Trump Impeachment trial: Former president to be charged with inciting insurrection
By Abiodun Ogundairo
10 February 2021 | 3:45 pm
It is a first-ever second impeachment trial. Special edition on the first day of Donald Trump's impeachment trial before the U-S Senate. He is charged with inciting insurrection when in a bid to stop the certification of his re-election loss, he encouraged a crowd of supporters to march over to the U-S Capitol.
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