LIVE VIDEO: Senate Starts Mayorkas Impeachment Trial

NBC News reports:

Senate Democrats, led by Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, of New York, are expected to quickly move to dismiss or table the two impeachment articles, which would require only a simple majority vote. Meanwhile, Republicans want to drag out the process and make it as politically painful as possible for the other party.

There is no scenario in which Mayorkas will be convicted. None of the Senate’s 51 Democrats have said they support impeachment, and even some moderate Republicans have expressed openness to tabling the articles after some debate, arguing that Mayorkas’ conduct does not rise to the level of impeachment.

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, who has led the GOP push for a full trial, said it would be “acceptable” if the Senate referred the articles to a special impeachment committee. “Look, I know a number of us would prefer to have a full trial on the floor, but both are acceptable,” Lee told reporters.

Read the full article. At this writing, Senators are signing an “oath book” after being sworn in as jurors.