Why Chief Justice Roberts' role in impeachment trial is 'critical'


Hour the third impeachment trial of a U. S. president in history has officially begun correspondent Linda Kenyan has our top story it began in the Senate chamber with the official presentation of the articles of impeachment with one of the chief house impeachment managers outlining the charges against president trump president trump solicited the interference of a foreign government Ukraine in the twenty twenty United States presidential election then representative Adam Schiff the chairman of the house intelligence committee described the second article of impeachment obstruction of Congress 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 on the other side of the capitol building house speaker Nancy Pelosi was addressing the issue of whether the Republican controlled Senate must take into account recent new evidence and allow witness testimony in the trial they don't see documents they don't hear from my witnesses a they don't want they want if nor anything new that comes up what's come up includes a statement from the government accountability office that says the trump administration broke the law when it withheld US security aid to Ukraine last year that had been appropriated by Congress house minority leader Kevin McCarthy dismiss this new revelation saying the house had its chance they made their case for impeachment the Senate role now is the judge in the afternoon a harsh enveloped the Senate chamber as Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts entered senators I attend the Senate in conformity with your notice for the purpose of joining with you for the trial of the president of the United States justice Roberts who will preside over the president's impeachment trial was administered the oath by the president pro tem of the Senate Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley Roberts interns Warren the members of the U. S. Senate they will act as the jury in the trial do you solemnly swear that in all things pertaining to the trial of the impeach cement 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 trial will begin with opening statements next Tuesday but there's still a lot of questions to be answered like the issue of whether there will be a witness testimony Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer says he really doesn't know we expect that we will have votes on these witnesses on Tuesday we can't be sure to we see the resolution that McConnell has put together he refers to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who at first said he did not want any witness testimony in the trial but later said the issue would be put to a vote

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