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Politics Schumer indicates Pelosi may soon send impeachment articles to Senate

00:20  08 january  2020
00:20  08 january  2020 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday that Democrats will hold off on appointing impeachment managers and transmitting articles to the Senate until

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House will not send the Senate the just-passed articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump until she sees

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may finally be ready to send the Senate the articles of impeachment for President Trump that the House passed last month, now that it is clear Democrats will not win a pretrial agreement for witness testimony.

Chuck Schumer wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a building© Provided by Washington Examiner

Schumer, a New York Democrat who is working very closely with Pelosi on the timing for delivering the two impeachment articles, said the new information would allow Pelosi to decide which Democratic lawmakers should serve as impeachment managers who would deliver the articles to the Senate and present the case to lawmakers there.

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“The speaker has said all along that she wanted to see the arena in which she was playing so she could appoint impeachment managers,” Schumer said Tuesday. “She has some idea of what’s happened.”

The trial terms became clearer on Tuesday when Republicans quashed Democratic demands for a pretrial agreement to summon impeachment witnesses.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said at least 51 GOP lawmakers support his plan to start the trial without an immediate agreement on witnesses, which McConnell said would be decided on later in the trial.

Schumer and Pelosi had been demanding a pretrial agreement to summon four Trump administration officials as well as documents, but it’s now clear they lack the votes to win such an agreement.

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“ Pelosi feels her phony impeachment HOAX is so pathetic she is afraid to present it to the Senate , which can set a date and put this whole SCAM into Pelosi shut down questions at her weekly press conference about when Democrats will send articles of impeachment to the Senate , saying she

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told ABC News that Speaker Pelosi “will maximize” the timing of sending the articles in order “to get the fairest trial possible.”

House Democrats last month passed two articles impeaching Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Pelosi held on to the articles, bucking precedent, because she hoped to pressure the GOP into agreeing to the witness list ahead of the trial.

Schumer, on Tuesday, appeared ready for Pelosi to send over the impeachment articles and is pivoting to a plan to call votes on witnesses individually after the trial opens. Schumer said he believed some Republicans would join Democrats in agreeing to summon those witnesses. Democrats need only four GOP lawmakers to side with them on votes to compel a witness to testify.

One of the witnesses Democrats are seeking, former national security adviser John Bolton, announced Monday he would agree to testify if called by the Senate.

“They can delay it, but they can’t avoid it,” Schumer said of the GOP.

Pelosi hasn’t made any new announcements about when or if she’ll send over the articles, but pressure is mounting in both parties for her to do so, and it increased further on Tuesday when it became clear the effort had failed to require witnesses before a trial begins.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi , seen departing a press conference following the House vote Wednesday, said she was ready to send the articles of impeachment once she has more information about the contours of a Senate trial. (Win McNamee/Getty Images).

Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer , meanwhile, are hoping that new information will trickle out to increase pressure on vulnerable Republican members in the Senate to support a trial that includes witnesses and document production, as in all past impeachments .

"I think the time has passed,” Sen. Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, told the Washington Post. “She should send the articles over.”

About a dozen Republicans are backing a proposal to alter the Senate rules to allow an impeachment trial to begin without Pelosi sending over the articles.

Republicans are eager to start the trial. Although it is all but certain the president will be acquitted, it could damage his reelection bid if the trial is delayed and the matter drags on.

“I don’t think we’ll wait indefinitely,” Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, told the Washington Examiner, when asked when the Senate might change the rules to allow a trial to proceed. “It’s sort of like a sword of Damocles hanging over the presidency. I don’t think that is what the founders had in mind when it comes to impeachment.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said he planned to bring up a nonbinding resolution this week urging Pelosi to send over the articles.

Graham told the Washington Examiner that if Pelosi does not send the articles over this week, he’ll push McConnell for a vote to change the Senate rules to allow a trial to proceed without them.

“If she doesn’t deliver them this week, I want to move on to the trial next week,” Graham said.

Nancy Pelosi gambled and lost on the impeachment delay .
Speaker Nancy Pelosi's announcement Tuesday that the full House would vote on sending the articles of impeachment against Donald Trump to the Senate this week -- a move that will formally trigger the start of the trial against the President in the upper chamber -- amounts to a stark concession that her plan to delay that action for nearly a month failed. When the House passed the two articles of impeachment against Trump -- one for abuse of power, the other for obstruction of Congress -- in mid-December, Pelosi pointedly refused to transmit the articles to the Senate.

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