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Politics House votes to send Trump impeachment to Senate for trial

20:51  15 january  2020
20:51  15 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

Eleven Senate Republicans co-sponsor resolution to dismiss impeachment articles against Trump

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EARLIER: WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted Wednesday to send two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate and approve House prosecutors for only the third impeachment trial in American history.

The nearly party-line vote moved Trump’s impeachment from Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Democratic-run House to the Republican-majority Senate, where Trump expects acquittal, even as new evidence is raising fresh questions about his Ukraine dealings.

McConnell says he has enough Republican votes to begin Trump's trial without witnesses

  McConnell says he has enough Republican votes to begin Trump's trial without witnesses The process cannot get started until Nancy Pelosi sends the House-passed articles to the Senate."We have the votes once the impeachment trial has begun to pass a resolution — essentially the same as, very similar to, the 100-to-nothing vote in the Clinton trial," McConnell told reporters.

The vote was 228-193, coming at the start of a presidential election year and one month after the House impeached Trump. The president is charged with abuse of power over his pressure on Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden, using military aid to the country as leverage. Trump was also charged with obstructing Congress’ ensuing probe.

“We are here today to cross a very important threshold in American history,” Pelosi said, addressing the House before the vote. Earlier, she declared: “This is what an impeachment is about. The president violated his oath of office, undermined our national security, jeopardized the integrity of our elections.”

Trump, during an event at the White House, rejected the charges as a “hoax.”

Graham circulating resolution urging Pelosi to send over impeachment articles

  Graham circulating resolution urging Pelosi to send over impeachment articles Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is circulating a resolution urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to send over the articles of impeachment. Graham said that he passed out his resolution during Senate Republicans' closed-door caucus lunch on Tuesday, and hoped that most of the caucus would support it. "I've got a resolution urging her to send over the articles, and what she's doing is out of step with past precedent and an affront to the Senate," Graham told reporters after the lunch. "It's not her job to set the trial."He added that urging her to send over the articles would "get a lot of Republican support. Hopefully we don't have to do it.

The seven-member prosecution team will be led by the chairmen of the House impeachment proceedings, Reps. Adam Schiff of the Intelligence Committee and Jerry Nadler of the Judiciary Committee, two of Pelosi’s top lieutenants for only the third presidential impeachment in the nation’s history.

Ahead of Wednesday’s session, Schiff released new records from Lev Parnas, an associate of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, about the Ukraine strategy. including an exchange with another man about surveilling later-fired Ambassador Maria Yovanovitch.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., accompanied by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y. left, speaks during a news conference to announce impeachment managers on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana): House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., accompanied by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y. left, speaks during a news conference to announce impeachment managers on Capitol Hill on Jan. 15, 2020. © Provided by Associated Press House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., accompanied by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y. left, speaks during a news conference to announce impeachment managers on Capitol Hill on Jan. 15, 2020. Schiff said the new evidence should bring more pressure on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is reluctant to allow witnesses to testify.

Schumer indicates Pelosi may soon send impeachment articles to Senate

  Schumer indicates Pelosi may soon send impeachment articles to Senate 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. © Provided by Washington ExaminerSchumer, 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.

“If McConnell makes this the first trial in history without witnesses, it will be exposed for what it is and that is an effort to cover up for the president,” Schiff said.

Later Wednesday, the House managers are to walk the articles across the Capitol to the Senate in a dramatic procession. The Senate trial is set to start Thursday.

McConnell opened the Senate dismissing what he called a rushed impeachment that is more about the politics of Democrats who don’t like Trump than the charges against him.

“This isn’t really about Ukraine policy or military money,” McConnell said. “This has been naked partisanship all along.”

During Pelosi’s press conference announcing managers, Trump tweeted that impeachment was “another Con Job by the Do Nothing Democrats. All of this work was supposed to be done by the House, not the Senate!”

Trump’s trial will be only the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history, and it comes against the backdrop of a politically divided nation in an election year.

The Senate is expected to transform into an impeachment court as early as Thursday, although significant proceedings wouldn’t begin until next Tuesday after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The Constitution calls for the chief justice to preside over senators, who serve as jurors and swear an oath to deliver “impartial justice.″

McConnell tells Republicans he expects impeachment trial next week

  McConnell tells Republicans he expects impeachment trial next week He said he expects impeachment articles delivered as early as Friday.While senators and aides cautioned that McConnell does not have inside intelligence, the remarks serve as key scheduling advice for senators. Most Republicans are now gearing up for the relentless pace of the impeachment trial to start on Monday or Tuesday.

The managers are a diverse group with legal, law enforcement and military courtroom experience, including Hakeem Jeffries of New York, Sylvia Garcia of Texas, Val Demings of Florida, Jason Crow of Colorado and Zoe Lofgren of California.

McConnell, who is negotiating rules for the trial proceedings, is under competing pressure from his party for more witnesses, from centrists who are siding with Democrats on the need to hear full testimony and conservatives mounting Trump’s defense.

Senate Republicans signaled they would reject the idea of simply voting to dismiss the articles of impeachment against Trump, as Trump himself has suggested. McConnell agreed he does not have the votes to do that.

McConnell said Tuesday. ’’Our members feel we have an obligation to listen to the arguments.”

A mounting number of senators say they want to ensure the ground rules include the possibility of calling new witnesses.

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is leading an effort among some Republicans, including Mitt Romney of Utah and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska for votes on witnesses.

Romney said he wants to hear from John Bolton, the former national security adviser at the White House, who others have said raised alarms about the alternative foreign policy toward Ukraine being run by Giuliani.

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

  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.

Democrats have been pushing Republicans to consider new testimony, arguing that fresh information has emerged during Pelosi’s monthlong delay in transmitting the charges.

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Republicans control the chamber, 53-47, and are all but certain to acquit Trump. But it takes just 51 votes during the trial to approve rules or call witnesses. Just four GOP senators could form a majority with Democrats to insist on new testimony. It also would take only 51 senators to vote to dismiss the charges against Trump.

At Tuesday’s private GOP lunch, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky warned that if witnesses are allowed, defense witnesses could also be called. He and other Republicans want to subpoena Biden and his son, Hunter, who served on the board of a gas company in Ukraine, Burisma, while his father was vice president.

McConnell prefers to model Trump’s trial partly on the process used for President Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial in 1999. It, too, contained motions for dismissal or calling new witnesses.

McConnell is hesitant to call new witnesses who would prolong the trial and put vulnerable senators who are up for reelection in 2020 in a bind with tough choices. At the same time, he wants to give those same senators ample room to show voters they are listening.

— Associated Press writers Matthew Daly, Andrew Taylor and Padmananda Rama contributed to this report.

Schumer on Senate impeachment trial: 'We will force votes' on witnesses and documents .
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday night he is prepared to "force votes for witnesses and documents" in the Senate impeachment trial if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell does not call for it in his proposal. "We have the right to do it, We are going to do it and we are going to do it at the beginning on Tuesday if leader McConnell doesn't call for these witnesses in his proposal," Schumer said at a press conference in New York. "We're allowed to amend it, and ask for them.

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