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The trial's first day: minute by minute

Investigating the President

WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, January 7) -- The following is the expected schedule for Thursday's Senate action in the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton :

(all time Eastern Standard Time)

9:45 a.m.: Senate convenes.

9:50 a.m.: Quorum call.

10 a.m.: Sen. Strom Thurmond, president pro tempore, requests that the House managers present the articles of impeachment. After the House managers are escorted into the chamber by James W. Ziglar, the Sergeant at Arms, Ziglar, much like a bailiff in a trial, will read the proclamation.

After the proclamation is read, House Judiciary Committee chairman Henry Hyde of Illinois will read the two articles of impeachment from the well of the Senate. This should take about 15 minutes. The House managers then depart through the center door and the Senate goes into recess until 1 p.m.

1 p.m.: The Senate convenes and Chief Justice William Rehnquist is escorted in the chamber by Sens. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Robert Byrd (D-West Virginia), Pat Leahy (D-Vermont), and Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland). Rehnquist will make a brief statement before being sworn in by Thurmond. Next, the Chief Justice will swears in all senators 'en bloc' at their desks and then all 100 senators will go down to the dais at the front of the chamber to sign the "oath book."

The Senate must also summons the president, informing him the trial is about to begin. This is done by a Senate vote determining the day and time of the summons, which will be carried to the White House by the Sergeant at Arms.



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