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Trump's Impeachment: Chief Justice, Senators Sworn In by CaptainMeks: 10:07pm On Jan 16


WASHINGTON (AP) — Chief Justice John Roberts was sworn in Thursday to preside over President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, then immediately administered the oath to the full Senate to ensure “impartial justice” as jurors for only the third such proceeding in American. history.

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Roberts made the short trip across the street from the Supreme Court before being ushered to the Senate chamber.

“Will all senators now stand, and remain standing, and raise their right hand,” Roberts said.

“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 laws, so help you God?”

The senators, at their desks, responded and then were called up to sign the oath book

The Constitution mandates the chief justice serve as the presiding officer. Roberts, who has long insisted judges are not politicians, is expected to serve as a referee for the proceedings rather than an active participant. Senators will ultimately render the verdict.

GOP Sen. James Inhofe was absent, home in Oklahoma for a family medical issue, his office said. He plans to return when the full trial begins next week.

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The Senate opened the impeachment trial at the start of the election year as Trump seeks another term, a test not only of his presidency but also of the nation’s three branches of power and its system of checks and balances. Several senators are running for the Democratic Party’s nomination to challenge Trump in November.

Earlier Thursday, House Democrats prosecuting the case stood before the Senate and formally read the articles of impeachment against Trump.

“Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye!” said the Senate’s sergeant at arms, calling the proceedings to order at noon.

Senators filled the chamber, sitting silently at their seats under strict trial rules that prohibit talking or cellphones, as the ceremonial protocol shifted the proceedings out of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Democratic-run House to the Republican-majority Senate.

Seven lawmakers prosecuting the charges, led by Rep. Adam Schiff of the Intelligence Committee and Rep. Jerrold Nadler of the Judiciary Committee, made the solemn walk across the Capitol for a second day.

“With the permission of the Senate, I will now read the articles of impeachment,” said Schiff, standing at a lectern in the well of the chamber, a space usually reserved for senators.

All eyes were on him.

“House Resolution 755 Impeaching Donald John Trump, president of the united States, for high crimes and misdemeanors,” he began, reading the nine pages.

The other House prosecutors stood in a row to his side.

Trump faces a charge that he abused his presidential power by pressuring Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden, using military aid to the country as leverage. Trump was also charged with obstructing Congress’ ensuing probe.Ahead of the proceedings the Government Accountability office said Thursday that the White House violated federal law in withholding the security assistance to Ukraine, which shares a border with hostile Russia.

The president calls the impeachment a “hoax,” even as new information emerges about his actions toward Ukraine that led to the charges against him.

Pelosi said new allegations from an indicted associate of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, Lev Parnas, only reinforces the need for the Senate to consider further testimony about the president’s actions toward Ukraine.

Pelosi noted that typically a special prosecutor would investigate but she doubted that would happen.

“This is an example of all of the president’s henchmen,” Pelosi said, “and I hope that the senators do not become part of the president’

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell opened the chamber Thursday decrying Pelosi’s decision to hand out “souvenir pens” after she signed the resolution to transmit the charges to the Senate.

“This final display neatly distilled the House’s entire partisan process into one perfect visual,” McConnell said. “’It was a transparently partisan process from beginning to end.”

Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer renewed his party’s request that the trial include new witnesses and documents not available for the House impeachment proceedings.

“What is the president hiding? What is he afraid of?’’ Schumer said.

“The gravity of these charges is self-evident,” he said. “The House of Representatives have accused the president of trying to shake down a foreign leader for personal gain.”

The president has suggested recently that he would be open to a quick vote to simply dismiss the charges, but sufficient Republican support is lacking for that. Still, an eventual vote to acquit Trump is considered highly likely.

On Wednesday, in a dramatic procession across the U.S. Capitol, House Democrats carried the charges to the Senate.

“Today we will make history,″ Pelosi said as she signed the documents, using multiple pens to hand out and mark the moment. “This president will be held accountable.”

Moments later the prosecutors walked solemnly through the stately hall, filing into the Senate back row as the clerk of the House announced the arrival: “The House has passed House Resolution 798, a resolution appointing and authorizing managers of the impeachment trial of Donald John Trump, president of United States.”

Opening arguments are to begin next Tuesday after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Earlier Wednesday, the House voted 228-193, almost entirely along party lines, ending a weeks-long delay to deliver the charges with a tally reflecting the nation’s split.

The top Republican in the House, Kevin McCarthy of California, said Americans will look back on this “sad saga” that tried to remove the president from office with the “weakest case.”

The president’s team expects acquittal with a Senate trial lasting no more than two weeks, according to senior administration officials. That would be far shorter than the trial of President Bill Clinton, in 1999, or the first one, of President Andrew Johnson, in 1868. Both were acquitted.

The seven-member prosecution team is led by the chairmen of the House impeachment proceedings, Reps. Adam Schiff of the Intelligence Committee and Jerrold Nadler of the Judiciary Committee, two of Pelosi’s top lieutenants.

On Wednesday, Schiff released new records from Lev Parnas, an associate of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, about the Ukraine strategy, including an exchange with another man about surveilling later-fired U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.
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Re: Trump's Impeachment: Chief Justice, Senators Sworn In by Commentor: 10:20pm On Jan 16
Let's see what American democracy and justice system is made of.

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Re: Trump's Impeachment: Chief Justice, Senators Sworn In by Kingosytex(m): 10:24pm On Jan 16
It will take a miracle for Trump to survive this tsunami.


Interesting times ahead!!!��

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Re: Trump's Impeachment: Chief Justice, Senators Sworn In by Js22621: 10:29pm On Jan 16
God don catch ham

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Re: Trump's Impeachment: Chief Justice, Senators Sworn In by SUCKCESSFUL: 10:37pm On Jan 16
When The Senate Finally Acquits Trump.
Pelosi:

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Re: Trump's Impeachment: Chief Justice, Senators Sworn In by HsLBroker(m): 11:31pm On Jan 16
SUCKCESSFUL:
When The Senate Finally Acquits Trump.
Pelosi:

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Re: Trump's Impeachment: Chief Justice, Senators Sworn In by VegaJack: 1:31am On Jan 17
Commentor:
Let's see what American democracy and justice system is made of.

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Re: Trump's Impeachment: Chief Justice, Senators Sworn In by Ekemeze: 6:18am On Jan 17
I can't wait to mock pelosi and her poor Nigerian supporters

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Re: Trump's Impeachment: Chief Justice, Senators Sworn In by Trump2020: 6:25am On Jan 17
The most partisan impeachment in the history of America. Only idiots think that Republican senators will remove Trump 10 months to the election, a man with 95% republican approval rating.

I pity dems if Trump survives the trial

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Re: Trump's Impeachment: Chief Justice, Senators Sworn In by skkslar: 6:38am On Jan 17
American senate will clear him

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Re: Trump's Impeachment: Chief Justice, Senators Sworn In by Resrguru: 6:38am On Jan 17
Trump administration is a political researchers delight

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Re: Trump's Impeachment: Chief Justice, Senators Sworn In by tophumble(m): 6:38am On Jan 17
It is an exercise destined to fail.

Trump will survive this

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Re: Trump's Impeachment: Chief Justice, Senators Sworn In by 9jamag(m): 6:38am On Jan 17
Alright
Re: Trump's Impeachment: Chief Justice, Senators Sworn In by YorubaLord: 6:39am On Jan 17
Politics might eventually trump over Reality and of course, it's gonna be a big shame on the Judicial system and Constitution itself. angry

This dude is morally inept, corrupt, Narcissist, Racist, rogue amongst other evil terminology. angry

He's everything wrong with the American system. Get him out, hopefully! angry

But out ferrow Okolo blodas from the SE 9ja would still support an empty head like him that was rigged into power.

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Re: Trump's Impeachment: Chief Justice, Senators Sworn In by WiLdFLame(m): 6:40am On Jan 17
Pelosi Just disgraced the USA and also the women . This is the reason a woman no matter who she is should not be at the helm of government. They are bitter, vindictive and poisonous when in power.. this is the thought of every original White American Women on Pelosi . She’s going to be punished for making America an object of ridicule.

A president can only be impeached when serious criminal offenses, treason , bribery is committed even if Trump breached some law the its a civil offense and not impeachable offense.

Democrat’s are socialist . They want the poor to be poorer and the rich richer( take a look at their policies..from Healthcare to all, lazy man policies) while The Republican says the poor should be richer the richer should be rich too therefore work hard for everything you get

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Re: Trump's Impeachment: Chief Justice, Senators Sworn In by lilprinze: 6:41am On Jan 17
Waste of time and money . This impeachment process is dead on arrival. Trump would remain president till 2024, Democrats can go and hug transformer and die.

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Re: Trump's Impeachment: Chief Justice, Senators Sworn In by INSTANTCASH345(m): 6:42am On Jan 17
I watched it live on Aljazera yesterday and Representative Pelosi was just changing pens she used in signing several places on the impeachment document.

Trump Right Now...

angry

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Re: Trump's Impeachment: Chief Justice, Senators Sworn In by devigblegble: 6:42am On Jan 17
If he is innocent he should come and testify , fuckinG piece of Sh1t

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Re: Trump's Impeachment: Chief Justice, Senators Sworn In by Ustec(m): 6:42am On Jan 17
Trump2020:
The most partisan impeachment in the history of America. Only idiots think that Republican senators will remove Trump 10 months to the election, a man with 95% republican approval rating.

I pity dems if Trump survives the trial
Be thinking like a Nigerian politician here o.

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Re: Trump's Impeachment: Chief Justice, Senators Sworn In by Benwallt(m): 6:43am On Jan 17
Like play like play this thing is gathering momentum

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Re: Trump's Impeachment: Chief Justice, Senators Sworn In by MajorWarren: 6:43am On Jan 17
I know nothing about politics but even I know nothing's gonna come of this. smh

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Re: Trump's Impeachment: Chief Justice, Senators Sworn In by Zuorom: 6:44am On Jan 17
Kingosytex:
It will take a miracle for Trump to survive this tsunami.


Interesting times ahead!!!��

It won't take any miracle, he will be acquitted by the Senate, that is certain. It will rather take a miracle for him to be removed.

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Re: Trump's Impeachment: Chief Justice, Senators Sworn In by cRobo: 6:44am On Jan 17
wink
Re: Trump's Impeachment: Chief Justice, Senators Sworn In by DonFreshmoney(m): 6:44am On Jan 17
Why cant we commence impeachment proceedings on the herdman In aso rock..

He has done way worse than trump did but no impeachment against him

Rubber stamp national assembly

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Re: Trump's Impeachment: Chief Justice, Senators Sworn In by Valwezzy(f): 6:44am On Jan 17
Lord save the POTUS cum PABOTUS grin cheesy

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Re: Trump's Impeachment: Chief Justice, Senators Sworn In by Abfinest007(m): 6:44am On Jan 17
a new judge was swore in just bcus of this impeachment case i swear Nigeria don't have democracy what we have is demonstration of craze

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Re: Trump's Impeachment: Chief Justice, Senators Sworn In by nurex01(m): 6:45am On Jan 17
Like UEFA LIKE SUPREME COURT

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Re: Trump's Impeachment: Chief Justice, Senators Sworn In by dollarsplenty(m): 6:45am On Jan 17
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Re: Trump's Impeachment: Chief Justice, Senators Sworn In by pickatyou: 6:46am On Jan 17
Trump sef no dey bothered.
Na we die here, general buhari and our Iranian Muslim sympathisers Nigerian branch will drink snipper

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Re: Trump's Impeachment: Chief Justice, Senators Sworn In by johnpaul1101(m): 6:47am On Jan 17
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