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Senate accepts articles of impeachment against Trump

Posted at 11:52 AM, Jan 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-16 13:16:51-05

Impeachment managers formally introduced the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Thursday, beginning the third impeachment trial in U.S. history.

House lawmakers prosecuting the case walked across the Capitol and formally delivered the articles in the Senate chambers.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-California), one of the impeachment managers appointed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, read the articles in their entirety. The articles allege Trump abused his presidential power by pressuring Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden and used military aid to the country as leverage. Trump is also charged with obstructing Congress’ ensuing probe.

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will preside at the trial, which will begin next Tuesday according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky). Roberts will be formally introduced as the impeachment trial judge at 2 p.m. at the Senate.

Watch live video of managers presenting the articles i