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tv   U.S. Senate Reading of the Articles  CSPAN  January 16, 2020 4:04pm-4:20pm EST

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[background sounds] >> the hour of 12 noon, having arrived the sergeant in armful present that managers on the part of the house of representatives. mr. president, members, i announce the managers. the house of representatives,
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conduct proceedings on behalf of the house concerning the impeachment of donald john trump, president of the united states. speemac on the part of the house, we'll be received andd escorted to the will of the senate. >> the sergeant at arms will make the proclamation. here they hear the air date. all persons are commanded to keep silent. for the end up in prison. the house of representatives to the senate of the united states, articles of impeachment against donald john trump, president of the united states. the managers on the part of the
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house, will now proceed. mr. president, the managers on the part of the house of the representatives are present and ready to present the articles of impeachment which have been preferred by the house of representatives against donald john trump, president of the united states. the house adopted theth followig onresolutions which would with permission of the senate i will read. house resolution 798, appointing and authorizing managers from the impeachment trial of don and john trump, president of the united states. result to mr. shift in network and the smart, mr. jeffries, mrd are appointed managers to conduct the impeachment trial
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against donald john trump, president of the united states hathat a message be sent to the senate to inform the sentence appointments and that the managers so appointed in connection with the preparation and conduct of the trial, exhibit articles of impeachment to the senate and take all of their actions which may includee the following. employing legal clerical and other necessary assistance, and incurring such other expenses as may be necessary to be paid for amounts available to the committee on the judiciary under applicable expense resolutions. our from the applicable account of the house of representatives. number two, persons and papers filing the secretary of the senate on the part of the house of representatives. any pleadings in conducting with her subsequent to, the exhibition of the articles of impeachment that the managers may consider necessary. with the permission of the senate, i will not read the articles of impeachment house resolution 755.
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house resolution 755, impeaching donald john trump, president of the united states for high crimes ands, misdemeanors. result, the m president that donald j trump president of the united states, is impeached 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 of america, against donald john trump, president of the united states of america and maintenance in support of its impeachment against him for high crimes and misdemeanors. article one, abuse of power. the constitution provides that the house of representatives d all have thee sole power of
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impeachment. and the president shall be removed from office on impeachment for and conviction of treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors. in his conduct ofio the office f the president of thes united states, and in violation of his constitutional oathex, simply to execute the office of president of the united states, and to the best of hisol ability preserve protect and defend the constitution of the united states. and in violation of the constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, donald j trump has abused the powers of the presidency in that using the tewers of his high office, president trump solicited the interference of a foreign government, ukraine and the 2020 united states presidential election. he did so through a scheme of conduct that included soliciting the government of ukraine to
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publicly announce investigations that would benefit his reelection. hardly election prospects, of a political opponent and influence the 2020 united states presidential election to his advantage. president trump also sunk to pressure the president of ukraine to take steps by conditioning official united states governmentva tax significant value to ukraine on its public announcement of the investigations. president trump engaged in this game or force of conduct, for corrupt purposes in pursuit of personal political benefit. tin so doing, president trump abused the front powers of the presidency in a manner the compromise the national security of the united states and undermine the integrity of the united states democratic process. ignored and entered the interests of the nation.
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president trump engaged in this scheme of conduct through the following means: number one, president trump acting both directly and through his agents, within and outside the united states government, corruptly solicited the governments of ukraine to publicly announce investigations into a, political opponent former vice president joseph r. biden junior, and b, a discredited three promoted by russia alleging that ukraine rather than russia, interfered in the 2016 united states presidential election. number two, the same corrupt motives, president trump acting both directly and through his agents within andtw outside the united states government condition to official acts, on the public announcement of that he had requested. eight, the release of io390 million 91 million dollars
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of the united states taxpayer funds, the congress had appropriated on a bipartisan basis for the purpose of providing vital military and security assistance to ukraine to oppose russian aggressions, i wish president trump had ordered suspended. nb, head of state meeting at the white house which the president of ukraine sought to demonstrate continued than the united states support for the government of ukraine in the face of russian aggression. number three, faced with the public revelation of his actions, president trump ultimately released the military to the governments of ukraine. but has persisted in openly and corruptly urging and soliciting ukraine to undertake investigations for his personal e political benefit. these actions were consistent with president trump's previous imitations of foreign interference in the united
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states elections in all of this, president trump has used the power of the presidency by ignoring and entering national security and other vital national interests, to obtain an improper personal political benefit. he has also betrayed the nation by abusing his high office, to enlist a foreign power in correcting democratic elections. president trump, by such conduct has demonstrated that he will remain a threat to national security and the constitution if allowed to remain in office. and is acted in a manner grossly incompatible for self-governance and the rule of law. president trump thus impeachment trial, removal fromfi office, ad disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust, or profit under the united states.
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article two. obstruction of congress. the constitution provides that the house of representatives shall have the sole power of impeachment. in the present date shall be removed fromen office on impeachment for, and conviction of treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors. in his conduct of the office of the president of the united states, and in violation of the constitutional oath, faithfully to execute the office of president of the unitedhe state. enter the best of his ability, preserve protect and defend the constitution of the united states. and 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 full power of impeachment. president trump has abused the power of the presidency in a manner of december merced eight
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of the constitution. and that, the house of representatives has engaged in impeachment inquiry focused on president trump's corrupt, solicitation of the governments of ukraine to interfere in the 2020 united states presidential election. as part of this impeachment inquiry the committees undertaking the investigation serves subpoenaed documents and testimony, deemed vital to the inquiry from various executive branch agencies and offices and current and former officials. in response, without lawful cause or excuse, president trump directed executive branch agencies, offices and officials not to comply with the subpoenas. president trump intervals the powers of the presidency against the law office of the subpoenas of house of representatives and assume to himself functions and judgments necessary to exercise
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the sole power of impeachment. vested by the constitution and the house of representatives. president trump abuse the powers of his high office to to the following means. number one, directing the white house today five lawful subpoena by withholding the production of documents sought. by the committees. number two, directing other executive branch agencies and offices to define office subpoenas and 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 for record. directing current and former and executive branch officials not to cooperate with theto committs in response to which nine
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administration officials defined subpoenas for testimony. namely john michael mick mulvaney, robert blair, john eisenberg, michael ellis, preston griffith, russell locke, michael duffey, ryan mccormick, nt orrick reptile, these actions were consistent with president trump previous efforts to undermine the united states governmentfe investigations into foreign interference in the united states elections. through these p actions presidet trump sought to arrogate to himself the right to determine scope and nature of the impeachment inquiry into his own conduct. as well as the unilateral prerogative to deny any and all information to the house of representatives in the exercise of its sole power of impeachment. in the history of the republic, no president have ever reported
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the complete defiance of an impeachment inquiry or sought to obstruct and impede, sohe comprehensively the ability of the house of representatives to investigate high crimes and misdemeanors. this abuse of office served to cover up the president's own repeated misconduct. and to seize and control the power of impeachment and thus to nullify the vital constitutionat safeguard invested solely in the house of representatives. in all ofth this, president trup acted in a manner contrary to his trust of president and preserve perverse of constitutional government to the great prejudice of the cause of law and justice and to the manifest injury of the people of the united states. twherefore, president trump, by such conduct has demonstrated that he will remain a threat to
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the constitution. if he's allowed to remain in office. and is acted in a manner grossly incompatible for self-governance and a rule of law, president trump once impeachment and trial removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust, or profit under the united states. mr. president, that completes the exhibition of the articles of impeachment against donald john trump, president of the united states. the manager news request that the senate take order for the trial, the managers now request leave to withdrawal. >> thank you. the senate will delete notify when it is ready to receive the child.

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