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Politics White House on Trump impeachment: 'We look forward to a fair trial in the Senate'

16:58  05 december  2019
16:58  05 december  2019 Source:   cnbc.com

Rules for Trump Impeachment Trial May Be Modeled After Clinton's

  Rules for Trump Impeachment Trial May Be Modeled After Clinton's Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made it clear that he thinks the rules for the impeachment trial of President Clinton would be a place to start for what a trial of President Trump might look like.In the House, the three committees conducting the impeachment inquiry have begun compiling a report that could be sent to the House Judiciary Committee as early as next week. The Judiciary panel has scheduled a Dec. 4 hearing where legal experts are expected to testify on what Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D., N.Y.

WASHINGTON -- White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham on Thursday responded to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's announcement that she would ask the Judiciary Committee to proceed with articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump , tweeting moments after Pelosi finished

The White House has said US President Donald Trump and his lawyers will not attend an impeachment hearing on Wednesday, citing a lack It is expected that those charges will be drafted this month. After a vote in the Democratic-controlled House , a trial would be held in the Senate .

WASHINGTON -- White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham on Thursday responded to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's announcement that she would ask the Judiciary Committee to proceed with articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, tweeting moments after Pelosi finished, "We look forward to a fair trial in the Senate."

"The president's actions have seriously violated the Constitution," Pelosi said at a news conference on Capitol Hill, adding that Trump, "leaves us no choice but to act."

Earlier in the day, the president tweeted that if Democrats planned to impeach him, they should "do it now, fast, so we can have a fair trial in the Senate, and so that our Country can get back to business."

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House Democrats are in the midst of an inquiry into whether Trump abused his power by withholding military aid to Ukraine in exchange for investigations for his own political benefit at the expense of U.S. interests.

Pelosi's comments confirm what was widely expected: that Democrats in the House will vote on whether to impeach the president.

"Sadly, but with confidence and humility, with allegiance to our founders, and our heart full of love for America, today I am asking our Chairman to proceed with the articles of impeachment," she said.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump adjusts his jacket during a tour of Apple's Mac Pro manufacturing plant in Austin, Texas, November 20, 2019. © Provided by CNBC President Donald Trump adjusts his jacket during a tour of Apple's Mac Pro manufacturing plant in Austin, Texas, November 20, 2019.

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McConnell: Senate won't take up impeachment trial before Christmas .
McConnell and Schumer have yet to negotiate an agreement on the trial.“What is not possible obviously would be to turn to an impeachment trial or to do [the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement] in the Senate before we break for Christmas,” McConnell told reporters, while outlining the Senate’s agenda for the rest of the year.

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