•   
  •   
  •   

Politics McConnell signs on to bill to start Trump trial over Pelosi's objections

23:55  09 january  2020
23:55  09 january  2020 Source:   washingtonexaminer.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.

Mr. McConnell shared his intentions with senators over lunch in the Capitol, declaring that he had the votes he needed — including among moderate Republicans — to steamroll over Democratic objections and proceed with the trial that puts off final decisions on whether to consider evidence.

Ms. Pelosi has been withholding the charges in a bid to help Democrats press their case that any fair trial must include the guarantee of new He urged Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, to listen to his own members who have begun to voice impatience to start the trial .

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.

John Thune, Mitch McConnell, Joni Ernst are posing for a picture© Provided by Washington Examiner

McConnell, 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.

The measure would require a change to the Senate rules, which is normally authorized with an affirmative vote from 67 Senators. A top aide to signaled McConnell isn’t going to “go nuclear” and allow a rules change to pass with only 51 votes, so the measure probably cannot pass.

Pelosi accuses McConnell of 'doubling down on his violation of his oath' on Trump trial

  Pelosi accuses McConnell of 'doubling down on his violation of his oath' on Trump trial Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Friday fired back at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) after he said it was a "non-starter" for House Democrats to try to make demands for the Senate's impeachment trial of President Trump.Earlier Friday, McConnell dug in over the ongoing stalemate and accused House Democrats of having "cold feet" after Pelosi declined to send the articles of impeachment passed by the House two weeks ago over to the Senate. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

Pelosi has been holding the two charges — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — in the hope of strengthening the hand of Senate Minority Warner also responded to a question about Pelosi ’ s decision to hold on to the articles of impeachment. “I may not always agree with her approaches, but

8:15 PM: Pelosi suggests McConnell needs to publicly release legislation detailing trial parameters. White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said on Fox Business Channel over the weekend that the Warner also responded to a question about Pelosi ’ s decision to hold on to the articles of impeachment.

A vote has not been scheduled but it would put Democrats on the spot.

Several of them have called on Pelosi to send over the articles or have indicated they are ready to start the trial, which was supposed to begin this week. The California Democrat is holding onto the articles, she said, until McConnell provides the details of a resolution that will govern the terms of a Senate trial. Democrats want key Trump Administration officials to testify and held off on sending the articles in an effort to pressure McConnell to agree to a witness list before the trial begins.

McConnell has rejected their request.

He chided House Democrats Thursday for failing to send over the articles, noting the impatience among their Democratic colleagues in the Senate.

"The Speaker of the House has managed to do the impossible," McConnell said. "She has created this growing bipartisan unity in the United States Senate in opposition to her own reckless behavior."

Democrats say Republicans are trying to avoid testimony that could incriminate the president by refusing to agree to a witness list ahead of the trial.

McConnell crows on Senate floor that Pelosi's impeachment 'gambit' produced 'absolutely nothing' .
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., tore into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Monday just days after the congresswoman promised to send the articles of impeachment brought against President Trump to the Senate later this week.During a speech on the Senate floor, McConnell chastised Pelosi for ending what he called “her one-woman blockade” and questioned her strategy for holding off sending the articles to the Senate.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

usr: 1
This is interesting!