tv U.S. Senate Reading of the Articles CSPAN January 16, 2020 6:22pm-7:05pm EST
[background sounds] >> the hour at 12 noon, having arrived the sergeant and arms present the managers on the part of the house of representatives. mr. president, i i announce the managers and the house of representatives and contempt proceedings of the on behalf of the house concerning the impeachment of donald john trump, president of the united states. the part of the house, will be received and escorted to the will of the senate.
the sergeant and arms will make the proclamation. hearing date, here they come up. dave, all persons are commanded to keep silent, imprisonment. while the house of representatives, and the scent of the united states articles of impeachment against donald john trump, president of the united states. the managers on the part of the house will now proceed. mr. president, the managers on the part of the house of representatives are present and ready to present the articles of impeachment that have been performed by the house of representatives against donald john trump, president of the
united states. they also adopted the following resolution which with permission of the senate, i will read. house resolution 798, appointing and authorizing managers for the impeachment trial and donald john trump, president of the united states. resolved that mr. schiff, mr. mehta, ms. loughlin, mr. jeffries, ms. deming news, mr. crow, and ms. garcia, of texas are appointed managers to conduct the impeachment trial against donald john trump president of the united states. then a missing present in the senate to inform the senate and these appointments and that the managers so appointed may in connection with the preparation and conduct of the trial, exhibit articles of impeachment and the senate and take all other actions necessary which may include the following: template legal clerical and unnecessary assistance and incurring such other expenses as may be necessary to be paid for an amounts available to the
committee on the judiciary under applicable expense resolutions or from the applicable account of the house of representatives. and m2, persons and papers in filing with the secretary of the senate on the part of the house of representatives, any pleadings, and conjunction with or subsequent to the exhibition of the articles of impeachment that the managers may consider necessary. the permission of the senate, i will now read the articles of impeachment house resolution 7 755: house resolution 755. impeaching donald john trump, president of the united states tar high crimes and misdemeanors. result, the president and donald j trump president of the united states, is the peach for high crimes and misdemeanors and that the following articles of impeachment be exhibited to the united states senate.
articles of impeachment exhibited by the house of representatives of the united states of america, in the name of itself, and of the people of the united states, against donald john trump president of the united states of america. in maintenance and support of its impeachment, against him for high crimes and misdemeanors. articlesd one, abuse of power.th the constitution provides that the house of representatives shall have the sole power of impeachment and that the president shall be removed from office on impeachment for and conviction of treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors. in his conduct ofti the office f the president of the united states, and in violation of his constitutional oath, faithfully to execute the office of president of the united states, and in the best of his ability preserve and protect and defend the constitution of the united i states, and in violation of his
constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, donald j trump has abused the powers of the presidency and that using the powers of his eye office, president trump solicited the interference of a foreign government ukraine, and 2020 united states presidential election. he did so through a scheme or course of conduct that included soliciting the governments of ukraine to publicly announce investigations that would benefit his reelection. our reelection prospects of a political opponent and influence the 2020 united states presidential election to his advantage. president trump also sought to pressure the government of ukraine to take the steps by conditioning official united states government acts of significant value to ukraine on its public announcements of the
investigations. president trump engaged in this game or course of conduct, for correct purposes in pursuit of personal political benefit. in so doing, from whom trump used the press terms of the presidency in a manner to compromise national security of the unitedty states. he undermined the integrity of the united states democratic process. spee8 ignored injured the interest on the nation. president trump engaged in the scheme of product through the following means. number one, president trump acting vote both directly and through his agents, within and outside of the united states government. corruptly solicited the governments of ukraine to publicly announce investigations into eight, a political opponent former vice president joseph r. biden junior, nb, a discredited theoryss promoted by russia
alleging that ukraine rather than russia, interfered in the 2016 united states residential election. the same corrupt motives and number two, acting both directly and through his agents within and outside of the united states government, conditioned to official acts from the public announcement they had requested. a release of millions of dollars in taxpayer funds, the congress had appropriated on a bipartisan basis for the purpose of providing spinal military and security assistance to ukraine to oppose russian aggression at which present trump and ordered suspended. and be, head of state meeting at the white house which the president of ukraine sought to demonstrate continued then united states support for the
government to ukraine in the face of russian aggression. number three. faced with the public revelation of his actions, president trump rntimately released military and security assistance. to the government of ukraine but has persisted in openly and correctly urging and soliciting ukraine to undertake investigations for his personal political benefit. these actions were consistent with president trump's previous imitations of foreign interference in the united states collections. in all of this, president trump has abused the powers of the presidency. injured national security and other vital national interests, to obtain an improper personal political benefit. it is also betrayed the nation by abusing his high office to enlist a foreign power in correcting democratic elections. wherefore, president trump by such product has demonstrated
that he will remain a threat to national security and the constitution if allowed to remain in office. and expected in a manner grossly incompatible with self-governance and the rule of law. president trump thus wants impeachment and trial, removal from office and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust, for-profit under the united states. article two. obstruction of congress. the constitution provides that the house of representatives shall have the sole power of impeachment. the president shall be removed from office on impeachment for and conviction of treason bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors. it is product of the office of president of the united states, and in violation of this constitutional oath, faithfully to execute the office of president of the united states.
and the best of his ability preserve and protect and defend the constitution of the united states. in violation of the constitutional duty, to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, donald j trump has directed the unprecedented categorical and indiscriminate defiance of subpoenas issued by the house of representatives pursuant to its sole power of impeachment. president trump has abused the power of the presidency in a manner offensive to answer versus the constitution. in that, the house of representatives have engaged in impeachment inquiry focused on president trump's corrupt solicitation of the government of ukraine to interfere in the 2020 united states presidential election. as part of this impeachment inquiry, the committees undertaking the investigation served subpoenaed documents and testimony deemed vital to the inquiry from various executive branch agencies and offices at
current and former officials. in response, without lawful cause for excuse, president trump directed executive branch agencies, offices and officials not to comply with those subpoenas. president trump thus interpose the powers of the presidency and insult office of the house of representatives, and assumed to himself, functions and judgments necessary to exercise the sole power ofse impeachment. invested by the constitution in the house of representatives. president trump abused the powers of his high office to buy the followinghe means. number one, directing the white house to divide a subpoena by withholding the production ofnt documents sought therein by the committees. number two, directing others executive branch agencies and offices to be five office subpoenas withhold the production of documents and records from the committees in
response to which the department of state, the office of management and budget, department of energy, and department of defense refused to produce a single document or record. directing current and former number three directing these officials, not to cooperate with the committees in response to which nine administration officials defined subpoenas for testimony. namely john michael mullaney, robert b blair, johnny eisenberg, michael ellis, preston wells v griffin, russell teapot, michael duffey, brian mccormick, and t bechtel. these actions were consistent with president trump's previous efforts to undermine the united states government investigations in a foreign interference. in the united states elections.
through these actions, president trump sought to arrogate to himself, the right to determine the propriety scope and nature of the impeachment inquiry into his own conduct. the whole as a unilateral prerogative to deny any and all information to the house of representatives in the exercise of its sole power of impeachment. in 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. this abuse of office concerned to cover up the president's own repeated misconduct. two season control the power of impeachment and thus to nullify the vital constitutional safeguard vested solely in the house of representatives.
in all of this, president trumpo acted in a manner contrary to his trust as president and subversive constitutional government. to the great prejudiced on the cause of law and justice into the manifest injury of the people of the united states. wherefore, president trump by such conduct has demonstrated that he will remain a threat to the constitution if allowed to remain in office. as acted in a manner grossly incompatible with self-governance and rule law. president trump thus ignores impeachment and trial removal from office, and disqualification to a bullet enjoyed any office of honor, trust, or profit under the united states.mr mr. president that completes the exhibition of the articles of impeachment against donald john
>> sanders, i and in conformity which you've noticed. the purpose of enjoyed with you for the trial of the president of the united states. i now am prepared to take the oath. we placed her left hand on the bible, and raise your right hand do you solemnly swear, that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of donald john trump, president of the united states, now pending, you will do impartial justice according to the constitution and the laws so help you god. speemac i do. >> at this time i will administer the oath to all of the senators in the chamber in performance causing the constitution and the senate
impeachment rules. will all centers now stand or remain standing and raise their right hand. do you solemnly swear that in all things that pertain to the trial of the impeachment of donald j buntrock, president of the united states, now pending you will do impartial justice according to the constitution so help you god. speemac iio do. >> the clerk will call names in groups of four and the senators will present themselves to sign the of. mr. alexander, ms. baldwin, mr. barrasso, mr. bennett,
>> any senator who is not in the chamber of the time the oath was administered to the other senators will make that known to the chair so that the oath may be administered as soon as possible. >> the sergeant and arms will make the proclamation. hear ye, hear ye, hear ye, all persons are commanded to keep silent, imprisonment. while house representatives articles of impeachment against donald john trump, president of the united states. . . .
6:00 p.m. on saturday january 18 cut, 2020 to file his answer with the secretary of the senate. which will be spread upon the journal, and the house of representatives until 12 noon on monday, january 20, 2020 to file its replication with the secretary of the senate. i asked consent that the secretary the senate be authorized to present as the document and that document to be available for all parties. >> is their objection? without objection so ordered. >> 's unanimous consent that the house of representatives wishes to trial footage to can be filed with the secretary of senate by 5:00 p.m. on january the 18th, 2020.
further that if the president which is to file a trial brief, if he files the sec. the senate by 12 noon on monday january 20, 2020. further, that if the house wishes to file rebuttal brief it be filed with the secretary of the senate by 12 noon on tuesday, january toy first, 2020. and finally i asked consent that the secretary of the senate be authorized to print, as a senate document, all documents filed by the parties together to be available for all parties. >> is there an objection? if no objection so ordered. >> i ask unanimous consent to the recognition of the unique requirementsof raised by the impeachment trial of donald jon trump, president of the united states, the sgt of arms will install appropriate equipment and furniture in the senate chamber at all times that the senate is sitting for trial with the chief justice of the united states presiding. the appropriate equipment
furniture, and computer equipment in accordance with the allocations and provisions announced at the desk and i ask that they be printed in the record. >> is their objection? without objection so ordered. >> i ask unanimous consent that the senate sit at the court of impeachment adjourned chuntil tuesday january 21, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. >> is their objection? without objection soct ordered. the senates sitting as a court of impeachment is adjourned until tuesday january 21 at 1:00 p.m. >> for the third time in history the president is on trial the u.s. senate. watch live tuesday when the trial resumes at 1:00 o'clock eastern on cspan2. senate minority leader chuck sherman held a news conference after today's proceedings. to talk about new accusations
against the president from rudy giuliani's associate lev parnas. at a new gao report saying the president violated the law when he withheld aid from ukraine. this is 25 minutes. [background noises] okay, good afternoon to everybody. now is everyone here knows, hopes -- get your footing or your knee and or whatever. , so as everyone knows,