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How Donald Trump's impeachment differs from a criminal trial

In Trump's trial, the Senate will serve as both judge and jury
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AP   |   Washington   |   Published 18.01.20, 02:40 PM

Yes, it's a trial — but the Senate's impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump won't resemble anything Americans have seen on Court TV.

In Trump's trial, the Senate will serve as both judge and jury. The Republicans who control the chamber can forge their own rules if they have enough votes. And the presiding judge is the top one in America, yet can be decisively overruled.

A look at some of the key differences between a courtroom trial and the impeachment trial that will play out in the coming days:

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