House delivers article of impeachment against Trump to Senate

Sen. Patrick Leahy will lead the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump next month. Dominion Voting Systems has filed a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit against Rudy Giuliani.
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Transcript for House delivers article of impeachment against Trump to Senate
Good evening and it's great to have you with us here and we start another week together. And we have several developing stories as we come on the air tonight. The coronavirus. What president Biden said late today about what he believes when Americans who want a shot will get a shot. And will the vac seens work against the new variant of the but we're going to go to the other major story playing out. Just moments from now, members of the house of representatives will deliver the article of impeachment over to the senate. Former president trump charged with incitement of insurrection. The first former president to face an impeachment trial after leaving office. We remember that image, house speaker Nancy Pelosi signing the document hours after the house voted to impeach. You'll also remember ten Republicans in the house joining the Democrats. The house managers, right there with speaker Pelosi, who will now make their case against the former president in the trial. They're expected to focus their case on what members of congress lived through and witnessed themselves. Millions of Americans watching, too, the storms of the capitol that turned deadly. Members of congress rushed to safety. And they will point to the president's words at that rally that came just before the storming of the capitol and what he repeatedly claimed about the election for weeks leading up to the riots. Tomorrow, the senators will be sworn in as jurors. We have already reported here senate leaders havegreed to delay the actual start of the trial and this time, chief justice John Roberts will not preside over the trial. So, tonight, who will, and where do things stand among Democrats would need 17 Republicans to join them to convict. ABC's Rachel Scott on the hill tonight leading us off. Reporter: Tonight, just moments away from history. The house preparing to deliver that article of impeachment to the senate, setting the stage for the second impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump. It has been just 19 days since the deadly mob of trump supporters stormed the capitol, egged on by the president himself, in a desperate effort to overturn the election. If you don't fight like hell, you're not going to have a country anymore. We're going to walk down, and I'll be there with you. Reporter: Rioters making it clear they were following the orders from their leader. There's a Million of us out there, and we are listening to trump, your boss! Reporter: Capitol police officers crushed in the throng, screaming for help. Help! Reporter: Democrats say that since then, the case against trump has only grown stronger. He has not demonstrated remorse. He has not even acknowledged his role in the events of January 6th. And he has never disavowed the lies that were fed to the American people by him about who actually won the election. Reporter: The single article of impeachment charges that the president's offenses extend beyond his words at that rally. It also accuses him of trying to subvert and obstruct the results of the election, by pressuring the Georgia secretary of state to find nearly 12,000 votes to help him win. So what are we going to do here, folks? I only need 11,000 votes. Fellas, I need 11,000 votes. Give me a break. Reporter: Democrats claim trump "Gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of government." He knew exactly what he was doing, and the outcome was Reporter: The big question night, will trump be convicted? Democrats need 17 Republican senators to vote with them. A handful, like Mitt Romney, seem open. Incitement to insurrection is an impeachable offense. If not, what is? Reporter: Other Republicans attacking the whole idea of putting the former president on trial. I think the trial is stupid. I think it's counterproductive. We already have a flaming fire in this country, and it's like taking a bunch of gasoline and pouring it on top of the fire. We're going to hear these argue pts in the days and weeks ahead. Rachel Scott on the hill tonight. And tomorrow senators will be sworn in as jurors but we know senate leaders have agreed the trial won't get under way until the week of February 8th. And you learned that chief justice John Roberts will not be presiding. That's a change from the first trial. You'll fill us in on that. And what do we know among Republicans tonight, that key number, Democrats would need 17 for a conviction of the former president. Reporter: And David, Republican leader Mitch Mcconnell has said that he is keeping an open mind. He has not yet decided how he will vote in this trial. And so far, we have not heard from a single Republican senator who says they plan to vote to convict former president Donald Trump. And you mentioned that change, with who will preside over this impeachment trial. The constitution says the chief justice will preside over impeachment trial of the president, but Donald Trump is no longer in office so now you'll see senator Patrick lay hi step in to preside over this trial. He's the longest serving member of the majority party and he will be taking a special oath to do impartial justice. But Leahy, as a sitting U.S. Senator, will also have a vote as a juror, David. All right, Rachel Scott leading us off on this Monday night with the breaking news. Rachel, thank you.

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