Trump trial 'first' priority in January, says Senate leader

Cheryl Sanders
December 12, 2019

In a news conference, House Democrats formally accused Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress regarding his interactions with Ukraine, but they notably dropped some language that they have been using for weeks.

"So, you are absolutely right in your scenario, but the only thing I would say slightly different is that it might not be the same articles of impeachment because the odds are we'd have a ton more information and then the odds of that, sadly enough is that, you know, he probably has other examples of criminal behavior", she continued.

The first investigation Mr Trump wanted from Ukraine was into former Vice-President Joe Biden, his main Democratic challenger, and his son Hunter.

The House Judiciary Committee is due to begin considering those charges at 7 p.m. on Wednesday (0000 GMT) and is expected to approve them on Thursday.

Steve Cohen, another Democrat on the judiciary committee, said the allegations against Mr Trump were serious.

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks during a campaign rally at the Giant Center, in Hershey, Pa., on December 10, 2019.

Another freshman Democrat, Rep. Dean Phillips, told CNN this week that he plans to support the articles of impeachment.

Media captionWhat does it take to impeach a president?

The charges, if approved by the House of Representatives in a vote expected next week, would make Trump only the third USA president to be impeached and placed on trial in the Senate. If impeached, he will be the third USA president to face a trial in the Senate.

In his Senate speech, McConnell assailed the Democratic impeachment effort against Trump, saying the president's political opposition has been set on his removal since the day he took the oath of office in early 2017.

If, following the hearings, the House of Representatives votes to pass articles of impeachment, the Senate is forced to hold a trial.

A copy of a page of the Articles of Impeachment is seen in Washington, Dec. 10, 2019.

A vote by the full chamber next week is likely to make Trump the third US president to be impeached by the House. "Such conduct is clearly impeachable".

Trump has maintained that he did nothing wrong and that Democrats are trying to undo his victory in the 2016 election. The U.S. intelligence community concluded that Russian Federation interfered to help Trump win.

It is only the fourth time in the 243-year history of the United States that impeachment charges have been brought against an American leader. "He consistently puts himself above the country".

Trump has reportedly told advisors he wants to make a dramatic show of the trial, and that calling witnesses to appear in person in the Senate could help him damage Democrats ahead of the November election.

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