It’s expected the Republican-controlled U-S Senate will acquit President Trump when a vote comes in his impeachment trial this afternoon (Wed). Democratic Minnesota Senator Tina Smith says she’ll vote to convict, arguing that no prior U-S president — not Nixon or Clinton — has categorically rejected the power of Congress to investigate the executive branch:

“How can our constitutional system work if we allow the president to decide if and how Congress can investigate the president’s misconduct? It can’t.”

Republicans say the offenses that Democrats allege the president committed are *not* impeachable conduct.