Democrats to send Trump impeachment articles to Senate next week

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Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that if Mitch McConnell doesn't call witnesses to testify in the impeachment trial in the Senate he will be helping "cover up" Donald Trump's actions that led to the proceedings.

George @GStephanopoulos, ask Crazy Nancy why she allowed Adam "Shifty" Schiff to totally make up my conversation with the Ukrainian President & read his false words to Congress and the world, as though I said it?

"We have done our job", she added.

Pelosi had held the articles in hopes of getting more favorable terms for a Senate trial, including a commitment in advance for subpoenas of witnesses and documents.

The Democratic-controlled House, in a party-line vote, impeached Trump on December 18 on charges of abusing power and obstructing Congress. Trump says he did nothing wrong and has dismissed his impeachment as a partisan bid to undo his 2016 election win. The Senate's Republican majority is widely expected to vote down House Democrats' charges. His guilt or innocence would not be officially determined until the Senate votes and with Republicans holding a majority there and the case against the president flimsy at best, it's highly unlikely he will actually get impeached.

Following McConnell's announcement earlier this week that he had secured enough votes to adopt impeachment-trial rules that don't include the precondition demanded by Pelosi, the speaker has struggled to maintain party support for her stalling gambit. Mitch McConnell's claims that he will follow the precedent of Bill Clinton's impeachment trial in the late 1990s in bringing out any witnesses and new evidence after the opening presentations. Senators can then pose questions, but the issue of witnesses is debated later during the hearing.

It remains unclear when the impeachment trial will exactly take place or whether the Senate will call additional witnesses for the trial.

Republicans have the leverage with a slim 53-47 Senate majority, if Mr McConnell can keep GOP senators on board with his strategy.

She said she wanted to prove to the public first that there was a need for the Senate to call witnesses to testify in the trial.

"The Senate should not reward this behavior by the House".

Despite McConnell's wishes for a speedy trial, some Republicans in his caucus have indicated that they are open to witnesses.

"This phony Impeachment Hoax should not even be allowed to proceed.

That will probably be soon", Ms Pelosi told reporters at the Capitol Thursday, noting she is not postponing it "indefinitely".

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is eager to test Senate Republicans, especially those like Collins who are up for re-election in 2020, with votes to compel testimony from Bolton, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and others who have so far resisted appearing before Congress.

Gaetz also took fire from fellow Republicans with a spokesperson for Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) stating, "As an FYI, my boss, Ms. Cheney, will be standing with and supporting President Trump and voting against this unconstitutional, partisan resolution". McCarthy argued that this would boost former vice president Joe Biden, one of Sanders's rivals, in the run-up to the February 3 Iowa Democratic caucuses.

"On other witnesses, we've been in court", the speaker said.

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