House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), the lead impeachment manager, presented the articles and detailed the two charges against Trump — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
The impeachment articles are formally known as House Resolution 755, “Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for High Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
“President Trump thus warrants impeachment and trial, removal from office and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust or profit under the United States,” Schiff said as he finished reading from the articles.
Before his remarks, senators were admonished to remain silent upon “pain of imprisonment” by the Senate sergeant at arms.
As Schiff spoke for 20 minutes, all of the senators present sat at their desks.
Some pulled out pen and paper and took notes, including Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Robert P. Casey Jr. (D-Pa.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.). Others sat expressionless, including McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.).
At the midway point, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) pulled out a yellow legal pad and jotted down some notes. Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) folded his arms on his desk the entire speech, almost as if in prayer.
The other six House Democratic managers stood off to the Democratic side of the chamber — which is the designated spot for managers during an impeachment trial, regardless of party affiliation — holding their own copies of the articles of impeachment.
Just after 12:20 p.m., as Schiff finished, the managers lined up and departed back to the House, not set to return until next week when the actual prosecution of their case begins.