Start Here: House delivers impeachment articles to Senate and Putins parliament shakeup
Here’s what you need to know to start your day.
January 16, 2020, 10:03 AM
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It’s Thursday, Jan. 16, 2019. Let’s start here.
1. Delivery and trial
The House has formally delivered the impeachment charges against President Donald Trump to the Senate, setting up the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history.
On the Senate floor today, the seven impeachment managers selected by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will read aloud the articles that the president abused his power and obstructed Congress by pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rivals.
“It is a diverse group with varied experience representing districts from across the country, but one thing a lot of them have in common is a background in litigation,” ABC News Senior Congressional Correspondent Mary Bruce tells “Start Here” today. “That was intentional. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she wanted a team that felt comfortable in a courtroom.”
2. Putin’s power
The Russian government has resigned after Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed constitutional changes that would increase the parliament’s power.
Moscow observers have interpreted the move as part of Putin’s efforts to prepare for his looming transition in 2024, when constitutional term limits will force him to leave the presidency, according to ABC News’ Patrick Reevell.
“What the point of these changes in the constitution is to weaken anyone who comes after him and goes in the presidency, so that actually the real power will be of Putin and not with whoever is president,” he tells the podcast.
3. ‘Completely unrecognizable’
Ash and smoke continue to spew from the main crater of the Taal Volcano in the Philippines days after volcanic tremors began.
ABC News’ Bob Woodruff joins the podcast from the scene, “We see these people sweeping this grey ash off the top of their cars and off their roofs, everything is absolutely covered.”
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