Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill Thursday, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders admitted that while the start of the impeachment trial in the Senate isn't a "happy day for the country" it was important to establish for future generations that "no President is above the law."

The chief justice of the United States was sworn in Thursday to preside over President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, then immediately swore in the entire Senate body in turn with an oath to ensure “impartial justice” as jurors for only the third such proceeding in American history.

The Senate opened the impeachment trial at the start of the election year as Trump seeks another term, a test not only of his presidency but also of the nation’s three branches of power and its system of checks and balances. Several senators are running for the Democratic Party’s nomination to challenge Trump in November.

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Xinhua 20 Feb 2020 11:30 CET

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