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World No sign of end to standoff over Trump impeachment trial

23:15  08 january  2020
23:15  08 january  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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Trump , who says he did nothing wrong and has dismissed his impeachment as a partisan bid to undo his 2016 election win, is likely to be acquitted in the trial , as no Republicans have voiced support for ousting him from office. McConnell has said that Senate rules prevent it from starting the trial until the

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Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has this week declared there would be no haggling with the Democratic-led House of Representatives over the rules for US President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. 

With lawmakers' shifting their attention to the US-Iran tensions, McConnell said he would not be pressured by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has effectively delayed Trump's trial by refusing to send the Senate the two articles of impeachment approved by the House last month.

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McConnell is showing no signs of shifting off his position that a vote on calling witnesses can be left until after the impeachment case is argued by House managers and Trump ’s counsel. While most lawmakers won’t return to Washington until next week -- when haggling over the trial process is likely

The standoff over President Trump ’s impeachment trial continued Monday, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi repeating her demand for a “fair” trial before sending the two articles of impeachment to the Senate majority leader, while the two parties dug in on their conditions.

"There will be no haggling with the House over Senate procedure. We will not cede our authority to try this impeachment," McConnell said on the Senate floor.

a close up of a man wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Capitol Hill © Reuters/LEAH MILLIS Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Capitol Hill The statement came a day after McConnell announced he had enough Republican votes to start the trial without agreeing to Democrats' demands for the introduction of new witness testimony and documentary evidence.

McConnell, who has pledged to coordinate the trial with the White House, accused Pelosi of wanting to keep Trump "in limbo" indefinitely.

Some Senate Democrats are now saying that Pelosi should release the impeachment articles so that the trial can get underway. But there appeared to be no clamour from Pelosi's fellow Democrats in the House for a change in her strategy.

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After the House impeached Trump on Dec. 18, Pelosi (D-Calif.) decided to withhold the articles of impeachment to try to help Senate Minority Leader But Trump has been eager to get a trial over with and a likely acquittal vote in the Republican-led Senate, a possible reason for Graham to try to

The speaker of the House, which impeached Trump on Dec. 18, is insisting on seeing the proposed rules of a trial in the Senate before transmitting documents necessary Impeachment live updates: Pelosi, McConnell remain in standoff over Senate trial as Trump prepares to address nation on Iran.

"We need to know what the plan is," Democratic Representative Gregory Meeks.

Nancy Pelosi et al. standing next to a person wearing a suit and tie: U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Capitol Hill © Reuters/LEAH MILLIS U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Capitol Hill House Democrats' meeting Wednesday morning focused on hostilities with Iran, not impeachment, lawmakers said.

Iranian forces fired missiles at military bases housing US troops in Iraq on Wednesday in retaliation for the US killing of an Iranian military commander last week. Trump administration officials are expected to brief lawmakers later on Wednesday.

The House last month charged Trump with abusing his power for personal gain in connection with his effort to pressure Ukraine to announce a corruption investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden, a leading contender for the Democratic nomination to face Trump in November's presidential election.

It also charged the Republican president with obstructing Congress by directing administration officials and agencies not to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry.

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His decision deepened a standoff over the shape of a Senate trial that has gripped the Capitol in the weeks since the House voted to impeach Mr He said he modeled his plan on the procedures used during the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton in 1999, the Senate’s only modern precedent.

The stalemate over President Donald Trump 's impeachment trial is deepening with neither Republican nor Democratic leaders in the Senate showing any sign of moderating entrenched positions over the holidays.

Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump are posing for a picture: FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Trump arrives for closed Senate Republican policy lunch on Capitol Hill in Washington © Reuters/Brendan McDermid FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Trump arrives for closed Senate Republican policy lunch on Capitol Hill in Washington Under the US Constitution, the House brings impeachment charges and the Senate holds the subsequent trial to decide whether to remove a president from office. A two-thirds majority of the Senate is needed to do so.

Trump, who says he did nothing wrong and has dismissed his impeachment as a partisan bid to undo his 2016 election win, is likely to be acquitted in the trial, as no Republicans have voiced support for ousting him from office.

McConnell has said that Senate rules prevent it from starting the trial until the House sends it the articles of impeachment.

Pelosi said late on Tuesday that McConnell should reveal the Senate's plans for the coming trial in a written resolution before she agrees to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate.

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