House delivers Trump impeachment article to Senate

House Democrats delivered an article of impeachment charging former President Donald Trump with inciting the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, signaling the start of his second impeachment trial.
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She ventured George Stephanopoulos. Good evening we're coming on the air right now because the house and patient managers have gathered to deliver their article of impeachment to the senate. For the second impeachment trial. A former president Donald Trump there you see the scene at the house right now where the house managers. Nah I have them all. President trump with incitement of insurrection. Opportunity to the senate four delivered to the senate that article them peacefully red. On the senate floor again this is something we've never seen before in all of American history want to get our senior congressional correspondent. We just got there on Capitol Hill Rachel walk us through what's gonna happen the seat. Tonight we are going to see those nine house impeachment managers walked that article of impeachment charging. Former president Donald some with incitement of insurrection over to the senate chamber and George. This is the very same senate chamber where we saw nearly three weeks ago mobs violently try and break and and then after that tomorrow we will see these jurors give senators the lawmakers here be sworn in as well as. That senator Patrick Leahy will now be presiding over this now yourself. Here we see the house and teaching manners Morton over thank you Rachel Dudley led by eighty Jamie raskin congress congressman Jamie raskin. Of Maryland. Constitutional law professor. For more than 25 years at American University. Member of the House Judiciary Committee he will be the lead managers you see them walk through the rotunda. There have been some talk that they would have to walk with capitol police escorts of course this all stemmed from those violent events to domestic terrorist who took siege of the capital. I'm January 6 one week later. A house impeached president trump. For inciting that insurrection. Last week of course president Biden became the Prez United States and on January 20. And now this second impeachment trial. How president trump will take place. There will be a bit of the delay after the how's it matters want this over after the article was read. Some of the senators will be sworn in tomorrow but the trial will not begin until the week of February and that's by mutual agreement. Between the Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and the senate Republican leader. Mitch McConnell. Who had some strong words for president trump. And unlike his first impeachment has has not ruled out convicting the president trumpet John Carl or senior Washington correspondent. Getting a conviction here an uphill fight. George. It did the math is you two thirds of the senate to vote to convict fifty Democrats. He'll likely to get all fifty of them that mean. To vote did Donald Trump is guilty and a vote to convict him. I see that is almost the 0%. Probability. In the immediate aftermath of the riots it looked like a real possibility and and in look up Mitch McConnell has not said how he would vote. But what you're seeing most of the Republicans say is that they don't believe this is constitutional now the Donald Trump has left office there's really. Find no need to vote to convict him and remove him from office because he's already gone. And NEC they have approached the senate doors right now they renounced by the acting sergeant arms because first discharged not for both the house and the senate were relieved of duty. After the events of January 6. Carson are asking you see him right there are lost to sign. On New Year's Eve the 25 year old son two suicide was actually in the house chamber on January 6 and his other daughter. And described his son most terrifying moments. Of his life chosen by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to lead this effort right now and he will be reading an article of impeachment. Once they walk into the senate chamber there you see the president pro tem of the senate Patrick Leahy. Who is Rachel Scott said will be presiding over the trial let's listen and you may your site telling remembers one year ago a little over a year ago. When house impeachment managers walked over first article of impeachment because first try. The new material under safe Chuck Schumer of New York. I ask unanimous consent that the horrible he Vichy. And I'm veteran. We are 78. 7 PM Northern Iraq. He had concerns. We'll present the managers. On the part of the house representatives. Mr. President and members of the senate. I announced the presence of the managers on the part of the House of Representatives. To conduct proceedings on behalf of the house. Concerning the impeachment of Donald John trump. Former president of the United States. Managers on the part of the house so we received. And escorted to the well of the senate. Nine impeachment managers for the house there were seven. Can president comes first trial. Thirteen. In the impeachment trial of President Clinton. I do their arms. We'll make the proclamation of. It Kiri Kiri. Kiri. All persons are commanded to keep silent. On pain of imprisonment. While the House of Representatives. Is exhibiting to the senate the United States an article of impeachment. Against Donald John trump. Former president of the United States. He measures. On the part of the house moved proceed. Congress and rescue team Nebraska around. Mr. President the managers on the part of the House of Representatives are here. And president and ready to present article of impeachment which has been preferred by the House of Representatives against Donald John trump. Former president of the United States the house adopted the following resolution which with the permission of the senate I will read. House resolution forty. In the House of Representatives United States January 13. 2021. Resolved and mr. Raskind ms. degette mistress to Cellini mr. Castro Texas mr. swallow well. Mr. loom is passed did mr. Nickerson ms. dean are appointed managers to conduct the impeachment trial against Donald stunned. Proper president of the United States that a message be sent to the senate teen formed in descendant of the appointments. And at the manager so pointed may in connection with the preparation. And the conduct of the trial exhibit. The article of impeachment of the senate and take all other actions necessary which may include the following employing legal clerical and other necessary assistance. And incurring such other expenses and there's may be necessary to be paid from amounts available to the committee on the judiciary under applicable. Expense resolutions were from the applicable accounts of the House of Representatives. To sending for persons in papers and filing with the secretary of the senate. On the part of the House of Representatives any pleadings in conjunction with the war subsequent to the exhibition. Of the articles of impeachment managers consider necessary. Nancy Pelosi speaker of the House of Representatives. With the permission of the senate I will now read the article of impeachment. House resolution 24 in the House of Representatives United States January 13 2000 when he won resolved. That Donald. John trump. President of the United States is impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors. And that the following article of impeachment be exhibited to the United States senate. Article of impeachment exhibited by the House of Representatives of the United States of America. In the name of itself and of the people of the United States of America against Donald John trump. President of the United States of America in maintenance and support of its impeachment against him for high crimes and misdemeanors. Article want. Incitement of insurrection. The constitution provides that the House of Representatives shall have the sole power of impeachment and the presidential be removed from office. On impeachment for and conviction of treason bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors. Further section three of the fourteenth amendment to the constitution. Prohibits any person who hasn't quote engaged in insurrection or rebellion. Against. The United States from holding any office. Under the United States on quote. In his conduct while president of United States and in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to acts acute. The office of the president of the United States and the best of his ability preserve protect and defend. The constitution of the United States and in violation. Of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed. Donald John trump engaged in high crimes and misdemeanors by inciting violence against the government of the United States. In naps on January 6 2002 when he won pursuant to the twelfth amendment the constitution of the United States. The vice president United States to House of Representatives and the senate met at the United States capitol for a joint session of congress. To count the votes of the Electoral College in the months preceding the joint session president trump. Repeatedly issued false statements asserting that the presidential election results. Where the product of widespread fraud. And should not be accepted by the American people or certified by state were federal officials. Shortly before the joint session commenced president trump. Addressed a crowd at the ellipse in Washington DC there he reiterated false claims that we won this election and we won it. By a landslide. He also willfully made statements that in context encouraged. And foreseeable Lee resulted in lawless action at the capitol such as if you don't fight like hell. You're not going to have a country. Anymore. Thus incited by president truck members of the crowd he'd addressed. In an attempt to among other objectives he interfere with the joint session solemn constitutional duty to certify the results of the 22 when he presidential election. Unlawfully breached. And vandalized the capital. Injured and killed. Law enforcement personnel. Menace to members of congress the vice president and congressional personnel and engage in other violent deadly. Destructive. In seditious acts. President trumps conduct on January 6 two point one and one followed his prior efforts to subvert. And obstruct the certification of the results of the 22 when he presidential election. Does prior efforts included a phone call on January seconds 221. During which president trump. Urged the secretary of state of Georgia. Brad reference burger to. Quote I find it enough votes to overturn to torture presidential election results. And threatened secretary rapids Berger if he failed to do so in all of this. President trump briefly endangered the security. Of the United States and its institutions of government he threatened the integrity of the democratic system. Interfered with the peaceful transition of power. And imperiled a coequal branch of government he thereby be trade his trust. As president to the manifest injury of the people of the United States we're for Donald John trump. By such conduct. Has demonstrated that he will remain. A threat to national security. Democracy in the constitution if allowed to remain in office and his acted in a manner grossly incompatible with self governance in the rule of law. Donald John trump thus warrants impeachment and trial removal from office and disqualification. To hold and into weight. Any office honor trust or profit under the United States Nancy Pelosi speaker of the House of Representatives. Mr. President that completes to exhibition of the article of impeachment against Donald John trump. President United States the manager's request that the senate take order for the trial the managers now request leave to withdraw. Thank you know if jurors can. Do several brewing over a private house representatives. Who is ready to proceed. With the trial. Thank you. Here are welcome impeachment delivered right there. Carson Jimmy rationally house impeachment manager. As members of the house impeachment managers tonight impeach managers will now withdraw to the house. Senate will reconvene tomorrow. Where all the senators will be sworn in as jurors in the trial but as we said that trial will be postponed. He until the week of February 8 giving president from time to prepare. His defense. I'll bring in Dan Abrams is the president is preparing his defense we heard John Cross state right now at least. We know those votes aren't there the question is what kind of evidence we'll come forward between now and when the trial begins. Yeah I mean because everything that we just heard he's known and we know what the president said at the rally. We know a lot of what the president did and said leading up to the rally. And according to Jon Karl that's not enough for most of the Republican jurors the question becomes what else might they find. And I think the only thing that they could find that might make a difference would be something if the president did or didn't do. All in January this sixth not leading up to it's not in the days before foot specifically. There on this sixth of January. And that's going to be the question can they find anything else is there anything else to find. And K Charles our legal analyst professor blog Cardoza law school it appears that many of the Republican senators want to avoid that question at all focus on process. They say it's unconstitutional. To impeach a former president. Some are raising the question the fact that the chief Justice Roberts is not can preside is another reason that this trial is unconstitutional. What George quickest front we've never had a trial for a former president but impeachment is a rarely used mechanism in our scheme we've only ever impeached president. Prior to administration of Donald Trump. Com and impeachment is available for other federal officials and our house and trials of former federal officials just not former presidents so an 1876. A cabinet secretary was impeached and tried after resigning the senate consider the question of whether it had jurisdiction to hold the trial. But concluded that it did and no I'm not sure if there's any really decisive evidence that the president's treatment should be different. If the misconduct happens in office the argument goes showing the power to impeach which is the constitutional remedy for high crimes and misdemeanors should extend to former president. Kate shot thanks very much finally Terry Moran our senior national correspondent. Proving it's quite sunk in just how extraordinary is this we've just watched the president of the United States impeach for a second time this time. For incitement of insurrection seditious acts against the government he let it. It is extra. Ordinary George and there's great drama. In this moment in the coming trial but there's also dread I think our previous impeachment have been about policy Andrew Johnson. About personal behavior Bill Clinton and and to some degree behavior and office would Donald Trump this is about. This is about the instruction and attack on our democracy there's bloodshed. The death mentioned in the article of impeachment itself. And beneath that. This struggle we've been having for a long time this extreme polarization not about the direction of account of our country but about. The nature of the country the very reality. That we live in and I think resolving that through this is is going to be impossible it's another chapter these extraordinary politics the kinds of politics. That you see. Franklin democracies that are in crisis right with the jurors themselves the managers bringing the charges were all witnesses to the events in question camera and thanks very much.

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