Pelosi confirms House will vote to send impeachment articles on Wednesday

Carla Harmon
January 15, 2020

Ted Cruz of Texas, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, John Cornyn of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah to his office to discuss strategy, according to people familiar with the meeting. McConnell was open to that message, said a source familiar with the discussion.

Republican Marco Rubio represents Florida in the U.S. Senate.

Wallace joined Harris Faulkner on Wednesday to break down the House's vote to move impeachment to the next step after a month of delay from Pelosi.

Sen. Susan Collins of ME is leading an effort among some Republicans, including Mitt Romney of Utah and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, for votes on witnesses. A simple majority is required to win a motion; Republicans control 53 seats.

Schiff and Lofgren were also managers during the last federal impeachment trial in 2010 that saw a Louisiana judge removed from the federal bench.

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But Mr Trump's impeachment by the House last month will remain as a stain on his record and the televised trial in the Senate could be uncomfortable for him as he seeks re-election on November 3, with Mr Biden a leading contender for the Democratic nomination to challenge him.

The White House has yet to unveil its defence team.

"I've been working to make sure that we will have a process that we can take a vote on whether or not we need additional information, and yes, that would include witnesses", Murkowski told reporters.

"There's little or no sentiment for a motion to dismiss". "All 53 of us have reached an understanding very, very similar to one that was achieved at the beginning of the [Clinton] impeachment trial".

And THEN the opening arguments of the trial can start. "He said "no" each time".

While it is a near certainty that two-thirds of senators are not going to agree to make Trump the first-ever sitting USA president to be removed from office, it is anyone's guess how the upcoming weeks will play out in the court of public opinion, not only for Trump and the Republicans.

This confirms, as many have argued repeatedly, that Giuliani's efforts in Ukraine were clearly for Trump's personal benefit, not the country's. "The Senate is on trial, as well as the president".

House Democrats are expected to vote on sending the articles of impeachment from the House to the Senate, where Trump will be tried. David Perdue (R-Ga.), who declined to comment on McConnell's handling of the trial. "And for that reason I don't want to legitimize it".

An impeachment inquiry against Trump was launched by House Democrats in September following a whistle-blower complaint claiming that the president pressed on his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate business activities of the former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter in Ukraine.

The case against Trump will be led by California Rep. Adam Schiff, who as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee led the initial impeachment inquiry against Trump.

The procedures of an impeachment trial in the Senate are a mix of straightforward actions - like House managers walking the articles over to the other chamber and the Supreme Court chief justice swearing in senators as jurors - and a more complex set of rules, traditions and precedents that set out how the trial is conducted.

But it is clear McConnell does not have the votes needed from his GOP majority to do that. Bolton, who refused to appear before House investigators, has said he is willing to testify to the Senate if subpoenaed.

Pelosi had delayed delivering the articles to the Senate, promising she would deliver the articles once she felt they would get a fair trial in the Senate.

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