Donald Trump‘s trial in the Senate could begin as soon as next week after Mitch McConnell said Nancy Pelosi could transmit the impeachment articles as soon as Friday.
Pressure has increased on the speaker to send over the two articles – abuse of power and obstruction of Congress – so the Senate can begin proceedings on the president. Even some Democratic senators have said it is time.
McConnell made his prediction on the timing at lunch with Republican senators Thursday on Capitol Hill and, while he has no inside knowledge of the speaker’s intentions, his remarks serve as a warning to lawmakers to prepare to go into trial mode.
Early predictions have the trial starting Monday or Tuesday.
Mitch McConnell told senators Speaker Pelosi could send Donald Trump impeachment articles to Senate as soon as Friday
Early predictions have Donald Trump’s impeachment trial starting Monday or Tuesday
‘The sense is that even if they got here at this very moment right now, there’s still a process involved to notify the White House and chief justice and turning it all around,’ Republican Sen. Marco Rubio told Politico. ‘I’m not sure he has any specific knowledge, but the gut feeling is that it will come over there tomorrow and set up for a Monday start.’
As for Pelosi, she simply said she will send the articles ‘soon.’
‘We need to see the arena in which we are sending our managers. Is that too much to ask?’ she said, complaining about a lack of transparency on McConnell’s part.
‘I’m not withholding them indefinitely. I’ll send them over when I’m ready, and that will probably be soon,’ she said Thursday at a press conference on Capitol Hill.
The Senate has been in waiting mode as it can’t formally begin its trial until the impeachment articles are transmitted.
Republican Sen. Josh Hawley, a prominent Trump ally on Capitol Hill, proposed legislation on Monday that would let the Senate begin the trial even without the articles if Pelosi waits longer than 25 days to send them.
McConnell has signed on to that measure – another move that will increase pressure on Speaker Pelosi. But the chamber is also not currently scheduled to debate Hawley’s resolution, a sign lawmakers believe the arrival of the articles is imminent.
It’s been 23 days since the House approved the two articles of impeachment against the president.
‘We’re going to have to do something or we could be here on day 200 or day 400,’ Hawley told reporters on Capitol Hill Tuesday. ‘I mean, really, there’s no end in sight.’
Some Democratic senators have urged Pelosi to send the articles and Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer suggested the speaker should transmit the articles to the Senate.
‘The speaker has said all along she wanted to see the arena in which she was playing when it came to a trial so she could appoint impeachment managers. Now it’s becoming clear that Mitch McConnell wants to do everything he can to avoid a fair trial so she has some idea of what’s happening,’ he said Tuesday.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said she’ll transmit the articles soon
Schumer also praised Pelosi for with holding them over the holidays.
‘By not sending the articles immediately she has already accomplished two things,’ he added. ‘One, Mitch McConnell could not do what some thought he might want to do: right before or after Christmas just dismiss. And second in two weeks there’s been a cascade of evidence that bolsters the case – strongly bolsters the case – for witnesses and documents. So now we have a greater feel for where we’re headed and Speaker Pelosi – I have great confidence in the decision she will make. But she’s accomplished a great deal already.’
Schumer wants to hear from four additional witnesses, including acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and former National Security Adviser John Bolton.
But Trump suggested on Thursday the White House would continue to block Bolton or others from testifying.
‘When we start allowing national security advisers to just go up and say whatever they want to say, we can’t do that,’ the president said. ‘So we have to protect presidential privilege for me, but for future presidents. That’s very important.’
Bolton said this week that he would testify if subpoenaed.
McConnell, however, announced that he has the votes from Republican senators to begin Trump’s impeachment trial with no witnesses.
‘We have the votes, once the impeachment trial has begun, to pass a resolution essentially the same, very similar to the 100-0 vote in the Clinton trial,’ McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, announced after having lunch with the members of his party.
The pronouncement doesn’t preclude witnesses from being called during the trial. It simply means senators will vote on the matter further down the road after opening arguments have been heard.
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