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Majority of U.S. Senate says Trump impeachment trial is constitutional

WASHINGTON, Feb 9 (Reuters) - A majority of the U.S. Senateon Tuesday voted to hold a full impeachment trial of formerPresident Donald Trump when they backed Democrats' argument thatthe proceeding is allowed under the U.S. Constitution.

Trump's lawyers argued that as a former president, theSenate has no legal standing for holding a trial on the House ofRepresentatives' impeachment charge that he incited aninsurrection while in office.(Reporting by Richard Cowan)