Sentiment registered in the latest poll has remained consistent in that it breaks sharply along party lines.
Peter BakerAs opening arguments begin in the Senate trial, the American public remains divided right down the middle, almost exactly where it has been for weeks. In @politico@MorningConsult poll, 47% favored Trump’s removal and 45% opposed it. @caitlinoprysko
A report from Day One of the case against the President.
Peter Baker"The senators … looked like they will have a hard time making it through the ordeal. Within an hour or so, they were fidgeting in their seats. There was yawning, and … the first senator [was] caught snoozing.” @sbg1 on the opening of the Trump trial.
Mrs. Clinton also dodged a question about whether she’d endorse and campaign for Mr. Sanders if he became the Democratic nominee.
Peter BakerNot feeling the Bern: “Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done. He was a career politician. It’s all just baloney and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it," Hillary Clinton says of Sanders. @ByMattStevens
On Monday, the president’s lawyers asserted he did nothing wrong and urged the Senate to “swiftly reject” the charges against him.
Peter BakerThe president’s lawyers advanced their first sustained legal argument since the House opened its inquiry last fall, contending that the two charges passed along party lines were constitutionally flawed and set a dangerous precedent. @maggieNYT@npfandos
Twenty-one years ago, President Bill Clinton was brought up on charges of high crimes and misdemeanors. But there were some big differences from what President Trump now faces.
Peter Baker"You're a damn, damn, damn fool": When Clinton was impeached, Democrats did not hold back how angry they were with him. A look back at the last time a president went on trial in the Senate.
To make way for a historic impeachment trial, the Senate is undergoing a physical makeover, with custom tables for the prosecutors, cubbies for senators’ phones and quarters for the chief justice.
Peter BakerCarpenters have installed a cabinet of cubbyholes with charging cables just off the Senate floor. As senators enter the trial, they will drop off iPhones or iPads like kindergartners depositing galoshes and backpacks at the start of school. @shearm
A partisan start to the trial stands in contrast to a consensus approach struck in 1999, the last time the Senate weighed the fate of a president.
Peter Baker"The Trump trial provides an opportunity for senators to show that the institution can still rise above brutal partisan combat at a moment of constitutional gravity. But there is little reason for optimism,"'writes @hillhulse
Chief Justice John Roberts’s role at an impeachment trial may be mostly ceremonial, but signs of partisanship could damage the Supreme Court.
Peter Baker"The chief justice’s responsibilities at the trial are fluid and ill-defined, and they will probably turn out to be largely ceremonial. What is certain is that they will be full of peril for his reputation and that of his court.” Smart piece by @adamliptak
Records released just before President Trump’s impeachment trial included texts that suggested the ambassador, Marie Yovanovitch, was being watched in Kyiv.
Peter BakerNewly released documents suggest that Yovanovitch was kept under surveillance as Giuliani and his associates pushed to oust her because she was standing in the way of their scheming. @benprotess @WRashbaum @mrothfeld
The timing and scale of the attacks suggest the Russians may be looking for the same kind of damaging information on Joe Biden that President Trump wanted from Ukraine, security experts say.
Peter BakerRussian hackers have been probing the Ukrainian firm tied to Hunter Biden. Experts say the Russians could be searching for embarrassing material on the Bidens — the same kind of information that Trump wanted. @nicoleperlroth @AllMattNYT