NewsPoliticsHouse delivers impeachment articles to Senate, setting stage for historic trial

Avatar PilotnewsJanuary 15, 2020

The House of Representatives formally delivered two articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate on Wednesday, setting the stage for a trial to determine whether a president should be removed from office for just the third time in U.S. history.

In a ceremony that capped a whirlwind day on Capitol Hill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi signed both articles of impeachment: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

In the morning, Pelosi introduced the seven House impeachment managers who will present the case against the president in the Senate. Hours later, the House voted to approve a resolution formally designating the managers and authorizing them to transmit the articles to the Senate.

Speaker Pelosi and here is what she said, “So today we’ll make history. We’ll — when the managers walk down the hallway and cross a threshold in history. Delivers articles of impeachment against the president of the United States for abuse of power and obstruction of the house. As we make that history we’ll be making progress for the American people, progress in support of our constitution, progress in honor of the sacrifice and the vision of the founders, progress, and honor of the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform and progress for the future of our make it be very clear that this president will be held accountable that no one is above the law and that no future president should ever entertain the idea that article 1 — excuse me article II says that he can do whatever he wants. And so, with that, I will sign the resolution transmitting the articles of impeachment to the senate which will be delivered by our managers of whom I’m very proud.”

In the early evening, Pelosi finalized the articles themselves in a ceremony on the House side of the Capitol. In a ritual steeped in tradition, the managers and the House clerk then walked the articles across the Capitol to the Senate chamber, where the clerk delivered a message to the assembled senators.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell acknowledged receipt of the message and said senators would convene on Thursday to hear the formal presentation of the articles and swear in the chief justice of the Supreme Court, who will preside over the trial.

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