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Proceedings opened with impeachment managers - the Democrats tasked with leading the prosecution - arguing their attempts were legitimate. In the 10-minute video used in their presentation, Mr Trump was shown telling his supporters to "fight like hell" before they stormed the US Capitol in violence that resulted in five deaths - including a police officer. Rep Raskin was brought to tears as he recounted fear for his own family's safety during the riot after he was separated from his visiting daughter. This cannot be the future of America," he told senators, who act as jurors for impeachment. "We cannot have presidents inciting and mobilising mob violence against our government and our institutions because they refuse to accept the will of the people under the Constitution of the United States." He argued there could be no "January exception" to impeaching outgoing officials without risking a dangerous precedent. Lawyers for Mr Trump then took the stand to outline their arguments with detailed complaints and allegations about due process and the constitutionality of proceedings. Former Pennsylvania prosecutor Bruce Castor opened the defence with a meandering presentation that was met with a critical reception by even allies of Mr Trump. A second lawyer, David Schoen, was more pointed. He showed videos dating back to 2017 as evidence of what he labelled as an "insatiable lust for impeachment" among Democratic lawmakers. "What they really want to accomplish here in the name of the Constitution is to bar Donald Trump from ever running for political office again, but this is an affront to the Constitution no matter who they target today," he told senators. Republican Senator Bill Cassidy, one of the six to vote with Democrats, said after that the House prosecution had "made a compelling, cogent case and the president's team did not". Widespread reports in US media suggest Mr Trump expressed anger at his lawyers' performance while watching on television from Florida. Donald Trump's Senate trial is just getting started. The final outcome, however, is all but certain. When the first substantive vote of the proceedings was taken on Tuesday - a vote about whether to have a trial at all - only six Republicans sided with all 50 Democrats to continue. That's well short of the 17 Republicans that will be needed to convict. The grim reality for Democrats is that making the case for the constitutionality of the trial should have been the easy part. They had precedent on their side. Nothing in the language of the Constitution explicitly said a former president can't stand trial. But only one senator - Bill Cassidy of Louisiana - appeared to shift from a previous position to join the Democrats. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who had reportedly been "pleased" that the House was impeaching Trump, voted no. He, more than anyone in the Senate chamber, knows the mood of his fellow Republicans. Democrats will now proceed with their case. They may make more heartfelt arguments that could resonate with the majority of Americans who polls indicate favour convicting Trump. Inside the chamber, however, it appears minds are already made up.