Transcript for Articles of impeachment hand-delivered to the Senate
Good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a Wednesday night. And history was just made a short time ago in our nation's capital. The impeachment of a president advancing to the senate for only the third time in history. The president will now face a senate trim. Just before we came on the air, house speaker Nancy Pelosi taking the historic step, signing the two articles of impeachment against president trump. One for abuse of power, the other for obstruction of congress. The articles, look at this, then carried from one side of the capitol to the other, about a two and a half minute walk from the house to the senate. This walk, this moment, hasn't been seen in 21 years. Seven members of congress making the walk. They will present the case for senators to judge. Meantime, at the white house tonight, the president aware of this history made, but also trying to focus on his victory today. A split screen at the white house, where he signed a preliminary trade deal with China. So, what's next? How quickly does this move? Will be there witnesses? And with Republicans in control of the senate, is the outcome all but certain? Mary Bruce leads off from the hill tonight. Reporter: Tonight, an historic handoff. House speaker Nancy Pelosi signing the two articles of impeachment against president trump. Then, a solemn March across the capitol. The articles hand-delivered to the senate. Make it very clear that this president will be held accountable. That no one is above the law. Reporter: The speaker today announcing the team of lawmakers that will prosecute the case against the president. Seven members of congress, led by chairman Adam Schiff. During the trial, all 100 senators will have to sit silently and weigh the charges that the president abused his power and obstructed congress by pressuring Ukraine to investigate his rival, Joe Biden. The senate is on trial. We will see whether they conduct a fair trial and allow the wittenses or conduct a coverup. Reporter: Democrats insist there's more to uncover. And they're sending the senate new evidence, handed over by lev parnas, an associate of the president's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. Among the documents, a note parnas wrote himself -- "Get Ukrainian president zelensky to announce that the Biden case will be investigated." Giuliani and parnas saw the former American ambassador to the Ukraine, Marie yovanovitch, as an obstacle. And text messages provided by parnas suggest she may have been under physical surveillance. In the texts, Robert Hyde, a trump supporter and congressional candidate, claims to have contact with a private security team monitoring the ambassador. "She's talked to three people," Hyde told parnas. "Her phone is off. Computer is off. She's next to the embassy. They'll let me know when she's on the move." And then these ominous words -- "They are willing to help if we/you would like a price. Guess you can do anything in the Ukraine with money." Hyde would not comment to ABC news. Yovanovitch was eventually fired. She later learned president trump told the Ukrainian president she was "Going to go through some things." I was very concerned. Did you feel threatened? I did. Reporter: Parnas also gave congress a letter Giuliani sent to the president of Ukraine. Giuliani requesting a meeting in his "Capacity as personal counsel to president trump and with his knowledge and consent." That letter makes clear that Giuliani, in his own words, is acting at the behest and with the knowledge and consent of the president. Reporter: But one top Republican senator is unimpressed. There's nothing much there that hasn't already been acknowledged by either the president or Mr. Giuliani. So, let's get right to Mary Bruce, she's live up on the hill tonight. And Mary, tomorrow, all 100 senators will be sworn in to act as jurors in the trial of president trump? Reporter: And David, the chief justice, John Roberts, will administer that oath. He will be presiding over the entire senate trial. Now, today, the president's team said they think it is, quote, extraordinarily unlikely, that the trial lasts more than two weeks. David, we'll see. Mary Bruce. It could be a long two weeks thank you for that. As I mentioned at the top
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