Pelosi sets Wednesday votes to send impeachment to Senate
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D Calif., arrives to bague argent homme horus meet with the bague pandora ceramique Democratic Caucus at the Capitol in bague solitaire homme Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Pelosi, who has not yet relayed the articles bague argent 925 1000 et oxydes de zirconium of impeachment to the Senate for the trial of President Donald Trump, has said she will discuss her next steps in that delayed process during her meeting today with fellow Democrats. Trump was impeached by the Democratic led House last month on charges of abuse of power prix d’une bague pandora over pushing Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden and obstruction of Congress in the probe. (AP Photo/J. House is set to vote Wednesday to send the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate for a landmark trial on whether the charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress are grounds for removal.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the next steps after meeting diamant bague solitaire privately with House Democrats at the Capitol, ending her blockade Tuesday a month after they voted to impeach Trump.
It will be only the third presidential impeachment trial in American history, a serious moment coming amid the backdrop of a politically divided nation and an election year.
“The President and the Senators will be held accountable,” Pelosi said in a statement. “The American people deserve the truth, and the Constitution demands a trial.”
The Senate is expected to transform into an impeachment court bague pandora st valentin as early as Thursday. The Constitution calls for the chief justice to preside over senators, who serve as jurors, to swear an oath to deliver “impartial justice.” The House managers will walk the articles across the Capitol in a dramatic procession Wednesday evening after the bague argent femme dentelle midday vote.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday the chief justice would open bague argent franc macon the trial this week, but that the significant proceedings would launch next bague pandora scintillante Tuesday, after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
Trump was impeached by the Democratic led House last month on charges of abuse of power over pushing Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden as the president withheld aid from the country, and obstructing Congress’ ensuing probe.
McConnell bague pandora voeu brillant met behind closed doors Tuesday with GOP senators who are under pressure from Democrats to call new witnesses and testimony.
Late Tuesday, House investigators announced they were turning over a “trove” of bague argent flocon new records of phone calls, text messages and other information from Lev Parnas, an associate bague pandora nature 191009cz of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said the information shows Trump’s effort ‘to coerce Ukraine into helping the President’s reelection campaign.” He said this and other new testimony must be included in the Senate trial.
McConnell, who is negotiating rules for the trial proceedings, he said all 53 GOP senators are on board nettoyer une bague pandora with his plan to start the session and consider the issue of witnesses later.
Senate Republicans also signalled they would reject the idea of simply voting to dismiss the articles of impeachment against Trump, as the president has suggested. McConnell agreed he does not have the votes to bague pandora taille do that.
“There is little or no sentiment bague solitaire argent in the Republican conference for a motion to dismiss,” McConnell said. ‘Our members feel we bague pandora promesse have an obligation to listen to the arguments.”
In fact, a mounting number of senators say they want to ensure the ground rules include the possibility of calling new witnesses.
Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is leading an effort among some Republicans, including Mitt Romney of Utah and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska for witness votes.
“My position is that there should be a vote on whether or not witnesses should be called,” Collins said.
Romney said he wants to hear from John Bolton, the former national security adviser at the White House, who others have said raised alarms about the alternative foreign policy toward Ukraine being run by Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
Democrats have been pushing Republicans, who have a bague pandora photo slim Senate majority, to consider new testimony, arguing that fresh information has emerged during Pelosi’s monthlong delay in transmitting the charges.
“We want the truth,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday as the chamber opened. He said that in other presidential impeachment trials the Senate called witnesses. “Do Senate Republicans want to break the lengthy historical precedent”
Republicans control the chamber, 53 47, and are all but certain to acquit Trump. It takes just 51 votes during the impeachment trial to approve rules or call witnesses. Just four GOP senators could form a majority with bague pandora 190947gcz Democrats to insist on new testimony. It also would take only 51 senators to vote to dismiss the charges against Trump.
At the private GOP lunch, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky warned that nettoyer bague pandora if witnesses are allowed, defence witnesses could also bague pandora avec miniature be called. He and other Republicans collection bague pandora want to subpoena Biden and his son, Hunter, who served on the board of a gas company in Ukraine, Burisma, while his father was vice president.
“I look forward to forcing votes to call Hunter Biden and many more,” tweeted Paul, an ally of the president, late Monday.
McConnell is drafting an organizing resolution that will outline the steps ahead. Approving it will be among their first votes of the trial, likely next Tuesday.
He prefers to model Trump’s trial partly on the process used for then President Bill Clinton’s trial in 1999. It, too, contained motions for dismissal or calling new witnesses.
“Fifty one senators will decide who to call,” McConnell said.
McConnell is hesitant to call new witnesses who bague pandora couronne prix would prolong the trial and put vulnerable senators who are up for reelection in 2020 in a bind with tough choices. At the same time, he wants to give those same senators ample room to show voters they are listening to demands for a fair trial.
Most Republicans now appear willing to go along with McConnell’s plan to start bague argent ethnique pierre the trial first then consider witnesses later, rather than upfront, as Democrats want.
Even if senators are able to vote to call new witnesses, it is not at all clear there would be majorities to subpoena Bolton or the others.
“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…