Senate Formally Receives Trump Impeachment Articles

Tarrah Gibbons
January 16, 2020 - 12:45 pm
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The Senate just opened the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump.

On Thursday afternoon, House managers presented the two charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress to the Senate.

The House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to send the articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate for a trial which is set to begin next week.

The resolution passed 228-193, mostly along party lines. The vote came almost one month after the House voted to impeach the president on the two counts.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a press conference on Wednesday morning where she named the House managers who will take on the impeachment case.

Pelosi named Representatives Jerrold Nadler and Adam Schiff among the impeachment managers who will represent the House during the Senate trial.

Others include Reps. Zoe Lofgren, Hakeem Jeffries, and Val Demmings, Jason Crow and Sylvia Garcia.

“Today is the day that we name the managers, we go to the floor to pass the resolution to transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate,” Pelosi said.

There will be a House vote Wednesday over whether or not to send the articles of impeachment against Trump to the Senate for a trial to see if the charges of abuse of power are grounds for his removal.

White House counsel Pat Cipollone and Jay Sekulow, Trump's personal lawyers, will defend the president.

Then, Wednesday afternoon will include the impeachment vote, during which the House will vote to send the impeachment articles to the Senate. The managers will walk them across the Capitol to the Senate.

Should the trial come to fruition, it will be only the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history.

The House vote comes just after new documents were disclosed ahead of the trial. According to AP, the documents come from a close associate of President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. The documents include a handwritten note talking about "the Biden case."

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