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Politics Key Senate Republican wants to start Trump impeachment trial within days

18:25  05 january  2020
18:25  05 january  2020 Source:   reuters.com

Senate Republican predicts impeachment trial ends by State of the Union

  Senate Republican predicts impeachment trial ends by State of the Union Sen. Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of GOP leadership, said on Tuesday that he expects President Trump's impeachment trial will be over by a State of the Union speech scheduled for early February. Blunt, the No. 4 Senate Republican, told KSSZ, a Missouri radio station, that the expected that the Senate trial would be "pretty predictable" and happen "quickly." "My guess is we'll be done with this by the time the president comes," Blunt said. House"My guess is we'll be done with this by the time the president comes," Blunt said.

WASHINGTON — Senate leaders wrangled on Friday over the terms of President Trump ’s impeachment trial , deepening their impasse and throwing the start date further into doubt amid disputes over whether to call witnesses or introduce documentary evidence.

A trial would be held in the Senate , and Trump is expected to be acquitted by the McConnell said on Friday the Senate should go ahead and start the trial and resolve the dispute over He said this would follow the precedent set in former President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial two decades ago.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee said on Sunday he wants the Senate to launch an impeachment trial of President Donald Trump within days, even if it means changing Senate rules so the chamber can move ahead without receiving articles of impeachment from the House of Representatives.

Lindsey Graham wearing a suit and tie: Lindsey Graham arrives for Senate Judiciary hearing on IG report on Capitol Hill in Washington © Reuters/ERIN SCOTT Lindsey Graham arrives for Senate Judiciary hearing on IG report on Capitol Hill in Washington

"My goal is to start this trial in the next coming days," Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told Fox News Channel's "Sunday Morning Futures."

"If we don't get the articles this week, then we need to take matters in our own hands and change the rules ... so we can start the trial."

(Reporting by Tim Ahmann; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

McConnell signs on to bill to start Trump trial over Pelosi's objections .
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has signed onto a measure that would allow lawmakers to begin President Trump’s impeachment trial without receiving the articles House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is withholding. © Provided by Washington ExaminerMcConnell, a Kentucky Republican, is among more than one dozen Republicans who are co-sponsors of a measure authored by Sen. Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican, authorizing the Senate to begin the trial as early as Monday, or 25 days after the House passed the impeachment articles on Dec. 19.

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