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House sends impeachment articles to Senate

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WASHINGTON (ABC) -- The House today voted to formally send the impeachment articles against President Donald Trump to the Senate, triggering the third presidential impeachment trial in American history.

The House resolution officially appoints the seven managers, named by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Wednesday morning, who will act as prosecutors presenting the Democrats' case.

“Resolved, That Mr. Schiff, Mr. Nadler, Ms. Lofgren, Mr. Jeffries, Mrs. Demings, Mr. Crow, and Ms. Garcia of Texas are appointed managers to conduct the impeachment trial against Donald John Trump, President of the United States, that a message be sent to the Senate to inform the Senate of these appointments, and that the managers so appointed may, in connection with the preparation and the conduct of the trial, exhibit the articles of impeachment to the Senate and take all other actions necessary…,” the resolution states, formally naming each impeachment manager.

The Senate trial is expected to begin as early as Thursday, although significant proceedings wouldn’t begin until next Tuesday after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

The Constitution calls for the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court to preside over senators, who serve as jurors and swear an oath to deliver “impartial justice.″

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