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Politics Pelosi threatens to delay Trump impeachment trial in bid to pressure McConnell

05:55  19 december  2019
05:55  19 december  2019 Source:   cnbc.com

McConnell: Senate won't take up impeachment trial before Christmas

  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.

Pelosi 's stance was an apparent attempt to pressure McConnell , who will hold significant power once the impeachment proceedings are passed from the Democrat-led House to the GOP-controlled Senate. The House voted to impeach Trump nearly along party lines on articles of abuse of power

Nancy Pelosi : Trump 'an ongoing threat to our national security'House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ( D -CA) rebuked President Donald Trump during the debate on the articles of impeachment during two historic votes. Republicans began the day of the historic impeachment vote by trying to delay the process.

  • After the Democratic-led House impeached President Trump, the process will move to the Republican-led Senate.
  • But Speaker Pelosi told reporters that she wanted to see Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would lay out the trial before she sent over the articles.
  • She may be jockeying for more power before relinquishing control of the process to Republicans.
Nancy Pelosi smiling for the camera: US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi holds a press conference after the House passed Resolution 755, Articles of Impeachment Against President Donald J. Trump, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on December 18, 2019. -© Provided by CNBC US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi holds a press conference after the House passed Resolution 755, Articles of Impeachment Against President Donald J. Trump, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on December 18, 2019. -

LOS ANGELES – After the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump, Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday began a game of chicken with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday rejected Democratic leader Chuck Schumer's bid to have key aides to President Donald Trump testify at a Trump impeachment trial in January. McConnell called the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives' effort to impeach

Trump campaign fundraises off impeachment , calls it ‘war’. The Trump campaign sent supporters several The notion of impeaching Trump but holding the articles in the House has gained traction among some If no agreement is reached, some have argued, the trial could be delayed indefinitely

In a press conference following the historic vote Wednesday night, Pelosi told reporters that she wanted to see how McConnell, R-Ky., would lay out the trial's rules before she sent over the articles to the Senate.

"We can't name managers until we see what the process is on the Senate side and I would hope that would be soon. So far, we haven't seen anything that's looks fair to us," Pelosi said.

Pelosi's stance was an apparent attempt to pressure McConnell, who will hold significant power once the impeachment proceedings are passed from the Democrat-led House to the GOP-controlled Senate.

The House voted to impeach Trump nearly along party lines on articles of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The Constitution mandates that the Senate will conduct a trial to decide whether to convict Trump and remove him from office.

I thought Pelosi’s latest impeachment move was a joke, but it’s not – I still have to laugh

  I thought Pelosi’s latest impeachment move was a joke, but it’s not – I still have to laugh I’ll confess: Wednesday night, when I was first told that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was toying with the idea of not delivering the two articles of impeachment voted by the House against President Trump, I assumed it was a joke. © Provided by FOX NewsFor these last weeks, the Democrat-dominated chamber has been in a mad rush to impeach the president. Democrats even tacked on article two — “obstruction of Congress” — because, they told us, time could not be wasted engaging in the usual negotiation and litigation over legislative demands for executive branch information.

Mr. McConnell , of Kentucky, has voiced support for a short trial , even though Mr. Trump has privately pushed A spokesman for Ms. Pelosi declined to comment about the possible selection of Mr. Amash as an impeachment manager. As party leaders looked ahead to a trial in the Senate, lawmakers

Donald Trump is expected to become only the third US president to be impeached by the House of Representatives. This is noteworthy because there's been some speculation that Speaker Pelosi could hold back the impeachment articles until she is convinced the Senate will conduct a fair trial or

As part of the Senate trial, House Democrats will select so-called impeachment managers to appear before the Senate and share findings from their three-month inquiry into Trump's Ukraine dealings. House managers have historically been members of Congress, who assume the role of prosecutors in the Senate trial.

There is no set time frame for Pelosi to follow to carry out this step. But she suggested Wednesday night that she will hold off until she receives assurances about the Senate trial proceedings.

"This is what I don't consider a fair trial," she explained when pressed by reporters. "That leader McConnell has stated that he's not an impartial juror, that he's going to take his cues, in quotes, from the White House, and he's working in total coordination with the White House counsel's office."

Pelosi was referring to comments made earlier this week by McConnell, who acknowledged during a Fox News interview that he is not an impartial juror.

In impeachments, the party in the majority devises the rules, and lawmakers tend to use a combination of precedent from prior impeachments and whatever tactics are going to be most politically advantageous in the unique situation.

While the process was in the House, Democrats structured the impeachment hearings this fall in such a way as to ensure that they would have uninterrupted chunks of time in which to lay out a complicated narrative that involved dozens of individuals for the public without disruption from Republicans.

At the opening of the House impeachment hearings, Democrats made sure each party's chairman and lawyers would get 45 minutes to speak without interruption.

CNBC's Kevin Breuninger and Christina Wilkie contributed to this report.

'Liars!': Trump fires off post-Christmas tweetstorm over impeachment impasse .
Trump asked if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will face a primary challenge, blasting her San Francisco district as "filthy dirty.""The Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats said they wanted to RUSH everything through to the Senate because 'President Trump is a threat to National Security' (they are vicious, will say anything!), but now they don't want to go fast anymore, they want to go very slowly," Trump tweeted.

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