Trump’s fate rests with McConnell in impeachment trial

In this image from video Secretary of Defense Mark Esper talks to the press on Iran and Iraq Tuesday Jan. 7 2020 at the Pentagon in Washington

Nancy Pelosi says Republicans will pay price for denying impeachment witnesses

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House will take steps this week to transmit the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, ending a three-week stand-off but confronting the Senate with only the third trial in United States history to remove a chief executive. The speaker has said she will schedule a vote on naming impeachment managers after hearing from her caucus. "What is the president hiding from the American people?" he said.

The Republican President gives mixed messages prior to the House's milestone vote that will start the Senate procedure in a few days, only the third trial of presidential accusation in American history.

The impeachment charges stem from Trump's request that Ukraine investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a leading contender for the Democratic nomination to face Trump in the November 3 presidential election. Lindsey Graham of SC, has already predicted that the trial would end "in a matter of days".

The president appeared to urge Senate Republicans to reject the idea of holding a trial at all.

Looking ahead to a Senate trial, 48% say the President should not be removed from office, while 40% think he should be.

She said, "Now the ball is in their court to do that or pay a prize".

The Democratic House has not yet set the timing of this week's vote to send the accusation articles to the Senate.

"I think our members are generally not interested in a motion to dismiss", Sen. "We wanted the public to see the need for witnesses". Roy Blunt, R-Mo., who is part of the GOP leadership, said Monday.

It was an extraordinary suggestion, but one being proposed by Trump allies with support from some GOP senators, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

That would only require a majority vote. Mitt Romney of Utah, said they, too, would oppose a motion to dismiss the charges.

Pelosi said senators need to consider new witnesses, including former national security adviser John Bolton, who has said he would be willing to testify.

However, the Senate is controlled by Republicans, meaning that acquittal is nearly assured as it would take a two-thirds majority to convict and remove the president from office.

"I am not going to go through this for the 80th time", she said, as an elevator door closed saving her from any more questions.

"Do Senate Republicans want to break the lengthy historical precedent?"

McConnell develops an organizational resolution that describes the next steps. Republicans only control 53 seats in the chamber.

"In an impeachment trial, every Senator takes an oath to do 'impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws, '" she wrote.

Here's what happened in past trials: The two previous presidential impeachment trials - for Bill Clinton in 1999 and Andrew Johnson in 1868 - both featured witnesses. Republicans could seek to call witnesses of their own as well.

Senators say if witnesses are allowed, some Republicans could also try to summon Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, who served on the board of a gas company in Ukraine while his father was vice president. "If they want to go that route again, the senators who are thinking now about voting for witnesses or not - they will have to be accountable for not having a fair trial".

WASHINGTON -President Donald Trump, finally facing his impeachment trial, needs Mitch McConnell more than ever. She and the others appear to be gathering support. However, as TheBlaze's Nate Madden reported, the House Speaker said during a press briefing with reporters on Thursday that she will send them to the Senate "when I'm ready", which "will probably be soon".

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