The historic political trial against the president of the United States, Donald Trump, begins on Tuesday in the Senate, with the partisan division that characterizes his mandate: while the Democratic opposition struggles to remove him from office, Republicans who control the Upper House seek a swift absolution.
Four months after the Ukrainian scandal that hampered the end of the Trump administration exploded, when there are 10 months left for the presidential elections, the 100 senators will meet in Congress for the trial that will begin at 1:00 p.m. local time (18:00 GMT), and that it will probably conclude with the president's acquittal.
Senators – who swore last week to be sworn in the process – must decide on the charges that the House of Representatives charged against Trump last month: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.RELATED
According to the indictment, Trump tried to pressure Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 elections to help him, suggesting his Kiev counterpart, Volodimir Zelenski, to investigate the business of Joe Biden's son, who could be his Democratic rival in the presidential elections.
Then, according to the opponents, he obstructed the work of the investigation in Congress by refusing to have his main advisors testify. Trump will become the third president in the country's history to be tried by the Senate, after Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1999.
An important vein of the scandal is the call between Trump and Zelenski on July 25, during which the US president allegedly pressured his peer to announce an investigation into Biden.
The Democrats who control the Lower House and who led the investigation against Trump accuse him of having manipulated Ukraine by withholding about $ 400 million in military aid for a country that has a conflict with pro-Russian rebels in the east of its territory.
(With information from AFP)