What’s Next: The Trial Continues Wednesday, February 5
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The Senate is expected to hold its final vote on whether to acquit the president on Wednesday at 4p.m. After Friday’s vote not to call witnesses in the trial, Trump’s acquittal appears all but ensured.
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In the beginning
The seven House Democrats selected as the managers of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial officially walked the articles of impeachment across the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, January 16 at noon to formally deliver them to the U.S. Senate.
The managers already walked over the articles on Wednesday, January 15, but only to notify the Senate that the articles would be delivered.
The move came after the full House voted on Wednesday afternoon to transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate and after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi named the managers Wednesday morning. Pelosi named Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Jerry Nadler, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, Rep. Val Demings, Rep. Jason Crow and Rep. Sylvia Garcia as the managers, who will serve as the prosecutors for the Senate trial.
President Trump was impeached last month when the House voted to approve two articles of impeachment–abuse of power and obstruction of justice.
Pelosi delayed delivering the articles to the Senate as Democrats and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell disagreed over whether additional witnesses would be called to testify during the Senate trial.
BACKGROUND: Takeaways from the articles of impeachment:
The two articles released by the House Judiciary Committee total nine pages. They are entirely focused on Trump’s efforts to have Ukraine investigate Democrats as the U.S. also withheld military aid to the country and denied Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy a White House meeting.
The first article, abuse of power, says Trump “used the powers of the presidency in a manner that compromised the national security of the United States and undermined the integrity of the United States democratic process.” It says he “corruptly” solicited Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden and a “discredited theory” about the interference in the 2016 presidential election.
The second article, obstruction of Congress, says that Trump “directed the unprecedented, categorical and indiscriminate defiance of subpoenas” issued by the House, and calls that behavior “offensive to, and subversive of” the Constitution. It lists subpoenas from Congress for documents and testimony that were ignored.
“In the history of the republic, no president has ever ordered the complete defiance of an impeachment inquiry or sought to obstruct and impede so comprehensively the ability of the House of Representatives to investigate “high crimes and misdemeanors,” the second article reads.