Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Impeachment. It's the constitutional way of saying bye Felicia. ♪ The magical ♪ ♪ Wonderful road to impeachment ♪ ♪ Who knows where it'll go ♪ - That's probably presidential harassment. - You may remember that after Trump was impeached back in December, Nancy Pelosi didn't pass the articles onto the Senate. Instead, she chose to hold onto them tight. Tighter than Mike Pence's sphincter in a room with two women. And temptation often passes through the back door. But, but today. After a month of tension, Pelosi finally announced she's handing the articles over to the Senate so that they can hold the trial. And I don't know what was going on with Nancy today, but at her press conference, she seemed a little spaced out. - Good morning everyone. This is a very important day for us and as you know, I'm referenced temple markers that are founders and our poets and others have used over time to places in time to emphasize the importance of time. Because everything is about time. - Yeah, and speaking of timing, it feels like Pelosi's edibles just kicked in at the wrong moment there. I think the point Pelosi was trying to make is that she feels that after a month of waiting, now is the right time to pass impeachment to the Senate. But handing over the Articles of Impeachment isn't as simple as handing over your mom to a nursing home, no. An occasion like this calls for a little ceremony. - [Announcer] They are going to be marching that articles from the House Chamber through the Statuary Hall, through the Rotunda, along the second floor of the Capitol, past the Old Senate Chamber, through the Ohio Clock Corridor and then eventually to the Senate Chamber. - [Narrator] Those documents now are being taken from the House of Representatives through Statuary Hall. They'll be going into the Capitol Rotunda to the Senate to present that Articles of Impeachment. - Mr. President. I have been directed by the House of Representatives to inform the Senate the House has passed H.Res.798, a resolution appointing and authorizing managers for the impeachment trial of Donald John Trump, President of the United States. - So, we're all just gonna pretend nobody invented email. And just as an aside, what was up with that graphic. What was that from the news, huh? We don't need to see an arrow making love to the Senate Chamber to understand how people enter a room. They're walking across the building, it's a straight line, it's a hallway, we get it. (audience laughing) So now, so now that the Senate has the Articles of Impeachment, the big fight is now going to be about whether or not the trial will include new witnesses and new evidence. Because you see, just yesterday, we learned new details about Trump and his shady dealings with Ukraine. - [Announcer] The new evidence collected by congressional investigators comes from Lev Parnas, an associate of Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, 59 pages of records, including text messages, emails and handwritten notes. Including one scrawled on hotel stationary that reads quote get Zalensky to announce that the Biden case will be investigated. And there's a letter from Giuliani requesting a meeting with Ukraine's then President-Elect Zalensky emphasizing Giuliani was working in his capacity as personal counsel to President Trump and with his knowledge and consent. - No, seriously. They wrote down the plot of their crime and then kept it. That is a literal paper trail. Why would you do that? What, were they just hanging around like you have to keep the receipts. Like isn't that taxes? No, no, it's for crimes, too. You have to keep them. Only Donald Trump would hire henchmen who are also into scrapbooking. They're like a bunch of criminal Martha Stewarts, you know, also known as Martha Stewarts. Trump's impeachment trial is set to begin next week. And with any impeachment trial, the Senate will serve as the jury. So this afternoon, all the senators were sworn in by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and then they signed their names one by one as what's known as the oath book. Yeah, it was a really solemn moment, and also the first time ever that anyone's ever has asked to Ted Cruz's autograph. Now, the one big question hanging over this trial has been will Republican senators allow new witnesses to testify? Well, apparently, some of those witnesses aren't waiting to find out. They're just showing up on TV, right? And the conversation everyone's talking about right now is Rachel Maddow's interview with Lev Parnas, an association of Rudy Giuliani, and a man with seven different hairstyles all at once. (audience laughing) Now, Parnas is important because unlike some previous witnesses who only heard about what's going on, he claims that he was working closely with Rudy Giuliani to get dirt on the Bidens. So if those who smelled the borscht, he actually made it and now he's telling all of America how it went down. - President Trump knew exactly what was going on. He was aware of all of my movements. He, I wouldn't do anything with the consent of Rudy Giuliani or the President. - Are you saying specifically, and I want to sort of drill down on that, that the President was aware that you and Mr. Giuliani were working on this effort in Ukraine to basically try to hurt Joe Biden's political career? He knew about that? - Yeah, well, it was all about Joe Biden, Hunter Biden. It was never about corruption. It was never strictly about the Burisma, which included Hunter Biden and Joe Biden. - That's a big deal coming from Rudy Giuliani's right-hand man. This would be like if Luigi went on Rachel Maddow like Mario doesn't care about the princess. He just love to murder turtles. He wants to kill all of them, he's a very sick man. It'll be huge. (audience applauding and cheering) Now the White House, the White House has responded to this interview saying that Parnas is a liar. They're saying he's only saying this because he's been indicted for campaign finance fraud and so now he's trying to get a lighter sentence, like the Ukrainian's Tekashi 6ix9ine. And Trump has gone one step further saying that he doesn't even know what a Lev Parnas is, much less that he gave him instructions to give him dirt on Joe Biden. To which Parnas is now responding, picks, it did happen. - The President of the United States said he didn't know you. - I don't know those gentlemen. Now it's possible I have a picture with him because I have a picture with everybody. I don't know them. - I welcome him to say that even more. Every time he says that, I'll show him another picture. - [Anderson] He's lying. - He's lying. - I hope when Parnas does release the pictures, it just gets steadily more incriminating, you know. It would be funny if like at first they're just at a party together, you know, then in the next picture they're riding together on Space Mountain. Then eventually like all pictures will just end up with like nudes. You know, that's where it's gonna go. Yeah, Trump will be like that doesn't mean anything. I take nudes with everyone. So many nudes. (audience applauding and cheering) So, the third presidential impeachment trial in American history began today. And because impeachment is such a momentous occasion, the Senate had to kick things off with a formal proclamation. - The U.S. is about to take on an historic and perhaps grueling task. The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. - Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye. All persons are commanded to keep silent on pain of imprisonment while the Senate of the United States is sitting for the trial of the Articles of Impeachment, exhibited by the House of Representatives, against Donald John Trump, President of the United States. - Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye. It's one of those phrases that has to be shouted. Certain phrases have to be shouted, like make some noise or you're not even my real dad. (audience laughing) Gotta shout certain things. And despite the ASMR intro, Trump's impeachment trial is already filled with drama. Just look at the all-star defense team President Trump put together, right? This is an insane team that Trump collected. It's got Ken Starr, the lawyer who is famous for doing the investigation that led to Bill Clinton's impeachment. And it's got Alan Dershowitz, who's famous for defending O.J. Simpson. So these lawyers are perfect for trial because they have experience with super guilty people and super horny presidents. It's great, it's a good combination. But I will say this, Trump's lawyers may want to polish up their defense strategy because things have already gotten off to a rocky start. - [Announcer] The President's legal team offering the first glimpse of their defense. The President did not wrong, did not commit a crime, and even the Democrats' argument of abuse of power does not rise to an impeachable offense. Something one of his lawyers Alan Dershowitz maintained over the weekend. - The Articles of Impeachment are two non-criminal actions. - [Announcer] But many constitutional scholars disagree. Trump's lawyer, Alan Dershowitz himself once argued the opposite during the Clinton impeachment. - This certainly doesn't have to be a crime. If you have somebody who completely corrupts the Office of President. - This is really interesting. What he said in the 90s was, in fact, correct. And what he's saying now is also, in fact, correct. - Previously you said it doesn't have to be a crime if the person in office completely corrupts the Office of President. Now you're saying criminal-like. So corrupting the Office of the President, is that in your criminal light or criminal like? - No. - Behavior. - No, it's not and that was rejected. That was rejected by the-- - So you were wrong, you're saying you were wrong back then? - I was saying that I'm much more correct right now having done all the research-- - Much more correct, what does that mean?