tv U.S. Senate Impeachment Trial CSPAN February 5, 2020 5:59pm-6:37pm EST
a person convicted based on hearsay? >> host: the president acquitted of both of the articles of impeachment this afternoon by the u.s. senate for the third time in history. the president has weighed in on twitter. we won't hear from him tomorrow at noon eastern. we'll have that live on c-span2 and more for your comments, your called ahead but i want to take you back to a little after 4:00 p.m. eastern today the 21st day of the senate impeachment trial of president donald trump and show you the votes as they happen on the senate floor. >> if there's no objection the proceedings of the trial are approved to date. if the sergeant-at-arms will make the proclamationif. >> hear ye, hear ye all persons are commanded to keep silent on the senate of the united states
for the tribe of the articles of impeachment exhibited by the house ofim representatives and donald john trump president of the united states. as a reminder to everyone in this chamber as well as those in the galleries, demonstrations of approval or disapproval are prohibited. >> the majority leader is recognized. >> mr. chiefen justice the senae is ready to vote on the articles of impeachment and after that is done we will adjourn. ..
is abuse the powers of, the united states president did so under a scheme of conduct in the ukraine to publicly announce investigation that benefit is reflection of the political influence the presidential election to his advantage. president trump the government of ukraine to take the steps by conditioning officials united states government on value to
ukraine on his public announcement of the investigation. president trump engaged in this clean or course to contact for crop purposes in pursuit of political will benefit. in doing so president trump use the power of the presidency in a manner that compromised national security of the united states of undermining the integrity of the democratic process. president trump engaged in the scheme through the following means, one, president trump acting both directly the united states government solicited the government of ukraine to announce investigations into a, a political opponent,t, former vice president biden junior md, ukraine rather than russia in the 2016 united states presidential election. two, the same corrupt motive of
president trump acting directly and through his agents abou conditioned to ask that he had requested. a, the release of $391 million of the united states taxpayer funds that congress had appropriated in a bipartisan basis of providing vital military and security assistance to ukraine to oppose russia aggression and president trump had ordered suspended. b, had a state meeting at the white house which the president of ukraine sought to demonstra demonstrate, continued united states support for the government of ukraine and russian aggression. three, the public revelation of his actions, president trump ultimately released the military and security assistance to the government of ukraine and has persisted in openly incorrectly urging soliciting ukraine to undertake investigation first bullet interpersonal political benefit. these wereli consistent with president trump's previous
invitation of foreign interference in the united statesra election. and all of those, president trump abuse the power of the presidency by ignoring and interning national security and other vital national interest to obtain a personal benefit. he has also betrayed the nation by abusing his high office to enlist a foreign power in corrupting democratic election. wherefore president trump by such conduct has demonstrated he will remain a threat to national security in the constitution if allowed to remain in office and has acted in a manner grossly compatible with self-government in the world law. resident trump warnsilti impeact trial, removal from office and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, tru trust, under the united states be back each senator when his or her name is called will stand in his or her place and vote guilty or not guilty as required by rule 23 of the senate rules of impeachment.
article 16 entry clause six of the constitution regarding the vote required for conviction of impeachment provides that no person shall be convicted without the two thirds of the members present. the question is on the first article of impeachment. senators, is the respondent donald john trump guilty or not guilty. the role call vote is required. the kirk entry clerk will call the roll. [roll call vote] [roll call vote] [roll call vote] [roll call vote]
senators have pronounced donald j trump president of the united states guilty as charged, 52 senators have not guilty as charged. two thirds of the senatorssd president not have pronounced guilty, the senate of judges at the respondent donald john trump president of the united states is not guiltyy as charged in the first article of impeachment. the clerk will read the second article of impeachment. >> article two obstruction of congress hurried the constitution divides that the house are presented as shall have the sole power of impeachment and the president shall be removed from office on impeachment and conviction of treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors. in the conduct of the office of the president in the united states in violation of the constitutional oath faithfully
to execute the office of president of the united states and to the best of his ability reserve, 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 the science of subpoenas issued by the house of representatives pursuant to the sole power of impeachment. president trump has abuse the powers of the presidency in a manner offensive to an subversive of the constitution and that the house of representatives has engaged in an impeachment inquiry focused on president trump's solicitation of the government of ukraine to interfere in the 2020 united states presidential election. as part of this impeachment inquiry, the committee undertaken the investigation
serve subpoenas, seeking documents and testimony vital to the inquiry executive branch agencies and offices in current and former officials. in response without lawful cause or excuse, president trump directed executive branch agencies officesy and officials not to comply with the subpoenas. president trump interposes the power of the presidency against the lawful subpoenas of the house of representatives and assume to himself functions and judgments necessary to the exercise of the sole power of impeachment invested by the constitution and the house of representatives. president trump abuse power of the high office for the following means. one, directing the white house to defy a lawful subpoena withholding the production of documents. it sought therein by the committees. two, directing others executive branch agencies and offices to defy lawful subpoenas and withhold the production documents and records from the committee in response to what the department of state, office
of management and budget, department of energy and the department of defense refused to produce a single document or record. three, directing current and former executive branch officials not to cooperate with the committees. in response to administration officials subpoena for testimony. mainly john michael, mick mulvaney, blair, eisenberg, griffith, voth, mcduffie, mccormick, these actions were consistent with president trump previa enter previous efforts into foreign interference. through these actions president trump sought to arrogate to himself the right to determine the nature of an impeachment inquiry into his own conduct as well as a unit rattle prerogative to deny any and all information to the hel house of
representatives and the exercise of the sole part of impeachment. in the history of the republic, no president has ever ordered ordered the complete defiance of an impeachment inquiry orr sougt to obstruct so comprehensively the ability of the house of representatives to investigate high crimes and misdemeanors. this abuse of office serve to cover up the president's repeated misconduct to seize and control the power of impeachment. invest in gold by the constitutional safeguard vested solely in the house of representatives. in all of this president trump has acted inth a manner contrary to the trust of president and subversive of the constitutional government to the great prejudice of the cause of law and justice in the managements energy of the people of the united states. therefore president trump bysu such conduct has demonstrated he will remain a threat to the constitution if allowed to remain in office and acted in a
manner grossly incompatible with self-governance and the rule of law. president trump those warns impeachment and trials, removal from office and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust under the united states. >> the question is on the second article of impeachment. senators, is the respondent donald john trump guilty or not guilty. the clerk will call the roll. [roll call vote] [roll call vote]
47 senators have pronounced donald john trump, president of the united states guilty as charged. 53 senators have pronounced him not guilty as charged. two thirds of the senators present not having pronounced him guilty, the senate of judges that responded donald john trump, president of the united states is not guilty as charged of the second article of impeachment. per siding off of officer of the senate owes follows. the senate having tried donald john trump president of the united states upon two articles of impeachment exhibited against him by the house of representatives and two thirds of the senators present not having found him guilty of the charges contained therein. it is therefore ordered and adjudged that the said donald john trump acquitted of the articles.d set
>> mr. chief justice. >> the majority leader is recognized. >> i send an order to the desk. >> the clerk will report. >> the secretary be directed to communicate to the secretary of state as provided in rule 23 of the rules of procedure and practice in the senate when sitting on impeachment trials. also to the house of representatives the judgment of the senate in the case of donald john trump and transmit a certified copy of the judgment to each. >> without objection the order will be entered. >> mr. chief justice. >> will enter majority leader's records. >> for this process fully concludes, i want to quickly acknowledge a few of the people who help the senate fulfill our duty these past weeks. first and foremost i know my colleague join me in thinking
chief justice roberts for presiding over the senate trial with a clear head, steady hand and a forbearance that is rare occasion demands. [applause] we know well that his presence is our presiding officer came in addition too, not instead of, his day job across the street. so the senate thinks the chief justice and his staff who helped him perform the unique role. like his predecessor, he will be awarding chief justice robert the golden gavel. to commemorate his time presiding over this body, we typically award this to new senators after 100 hours in the chair but i think we can agree chief justice has put in his due and then some.
>> thank you very much. >> of course there are countless senate professionals, i have more to offer next week to all of those teams. the secretary of the senate's office to the parliamentarian, sgt of arms team and beyond. but there's two more groups i would like to single out right now. first the two different classes of senate pages who participated in this trial, their footwork and cool under pressure kept the floor running. our current class came on board right in the middle of the third presidential impeachment trial in american history. and quickly found themselves and delivering 180 question cards from senators desks to the dais. no pressure right guys? so thank you all for all your
work. [applause] and second, the fine men and women of the capitol police, we know the safety of our democracy rest in their hand every single day. that the major surrounding the trial went even more hours and even more work and even more vigilant. thank you all very much for your service toen this body and to te country. [applause] the chair recognizes the democratic leader. >> i joined the republican leader in thinking the person who painted the senate over the past couple of weeks. the capitol police day in and day out to protect the members of the chamber, staff, press and everyone who works in and visits his capital. they were asked to work extra
shifts in a greater numbers to provide additional security over the past three weeks. thank you to everyone of them. it would like to think those wonderful pages i so much enjoyed you of your serious faces walking down here and giving the chief justice are questions, as a leader noted, the class of pagers started midway in the petro trial and when you take a new job you're usually given a few days, to get up to speed this class was giving no such leeway but they separated, did not miss a beat that being hundreds of questions from u.s. senators to the chief justice on national television is not how most of us spend our first week at work. but they did it. i would also like extend my personal thank you to david, the office of accessibility services, tyler humphrey, the wonderful director of capital facilities.r
everyone graces teamwork so hard to make sure we were ready for impeachment. gary richardson, known to us as tiny, who were in the cabinet shop that built new confidence in the use of our electronics and foot phones during the trial. brenda byrd and her team did a spectacular job for keeping the capital clean and moving the furniture and moving it again and again. grace, we appreciate all of your hard work, please convey our sincerest thanks to your staff. thank yothank you all for your t work of many long days and long nights in this trying time in a nation's history. >> the chair also wishes to make a very brief statement.
i would like to begin by think of the w majority leader in the democratic leader for their support as i tempted to carry out ill-defined response abilities and unfamiliar setting. they insured i had the wise counsel of the senate itself through the secretary and legislative stock. i am grateful for the parliamentarian and her deputy for the unfeeling patient and keen insight. i likewise am grateful for the sgt at arm's and his staff for the assistance and many ucourtesies that extended durig my period of required residency. and thankr you all for making y presence here as culpable as possible. as i depart the chamber i do so with an invitation i long tradition in memory ofta the 135 years we sat intr this buildingo keep the front row of the gallery in a courtroom open for members of congress who might want to drop by to see an argument. or to escape one.
i also depart the sincere good wishes as we carry out our common commitment to the constitution through the distinctct roles assigned to usy that charter. you have been generous host and i look forward to seeing you again under happier circumstances.ge >> the chair recognizes the majority leader. >> i move the senate sitting on the articles against donald john trump adjourned. >> without objection the motion is agreed to, the senate sitting as a court of impeachment has adjourned. [silence] >> that light on the capitol dome means one of the two houses that the congress is untested.