Politics Democrats poised to send articles of impeachment to Senate with vote Wednesday

17:20  14 january  2020
17:20  14 january  2020 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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The impeachment articles , passed over sharp Republican protests, accused the president of Democrats had gathered just before the votes in a cloakroom where Representative Lucy McBath Over the past two weeks, the president declined to send his lawyers to participate in the hearings or

When the House votes to send articles of impeachment to the Senate , it sets off a series of choreographed steps — some well-defined, others up for The vote will put to rest nearly a month of uncertainty over when a trial might begin and quickly turn over to the Senate a historic debate over

Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday morning told Democrats that the House will take up a resolution appointing impeachment managers on Wednesday, according to Democratic sources in a closed-door meeting.

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The vote will allow the House to transmit impeachment articles to the Senate to kick off trial proceedings in the coming days.

MORE: Pelosi plans to send impeachment articles to Senate

After passing two articles of impeachment through the House of Representatives on Dec. 18, Pelosi has refused to send the articles to the Senate. Instead, she demanded Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell publicly announce the rules of an impending trial.

"It's about a fair trial … and we think that would be with witnesses and documentation," Pelosi, D-Calif., told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" Sunday. "Now the ball is in their court to either do that, or pay a price for not doing it."

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CNBC's Ylan Mui reports on new comments from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi regarding when she will send articles impeachment to the Senate for trial.

The Democratic -run House is set to vote this week to send the articles of impeachment to the Republican-controlled Senate after The House voted more than three weeks ago to impeach Trump on charges that he abused his power by pressuring the president of Ukraine to investigate Democrats

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Last Friday, Pelosi finally appeared to budge, announcing in a Dear Colleague letter that she was instructing House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler to "be prepared" to offer a resolution transmitting the articles across the Capitol, while naming impeachment managers to prosecute the lower chamber's case before the Senate.

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"I will be consulting with you at our Tuesday House Democratic Caucus meeting on how we proceed further," Pelosi wrote to her caucus Friday. "In an impeachment trial, every Senator takes an oath to 'do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws.' Every Senator now faces a choice: to be loyal to the President or the Constitution."

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Last month, the House passed two articles of impeachment, obstruction of justice and abuse of power — serving as a constitutional indictment of the president.

Mitch McConnell wearing a suit and tie: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell heads to a briefing, Jan. 8, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington.© J. Scott Applewhite/AP, FILE Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell heads to a briefing, Jan. 8, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

While conviction in the Senate would result in President Donald Trump's removal from office, most Republicans have remained in the president's corner, arguing that the lower chamber's impeachment was a rigged hoax.

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Removal from office would require 67 senators voting in favor of conviction, constituting a simple majority of the body. That means at least 20 Republicans would need to turn against the president, assuming all Democrats vote to convict.

Even From Half a World Away, Pelosi Keeps a Tight Grip on Impeachment .
WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s motorcade was winding through Jerusalem on Wednesday, en route to a state dinner hosted by the president of Israel, when she placed perhaps the most important call of her day — to Representative Adam B. Schiff, the man leading the charge to remove President Trump from office. On the other end of the line, 5,900 miles away, Mr. Schiff, the top impeachment manager, was preparing to stride into the Senate chamber to begin arguing the House’s case, and the speaker wanted to compare notes before she slipped into a gathering of world leaders.Ms. Pelosi’s role in the impeachment of Mr.

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