House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that she will send impeachment articles to the Senate in order for a trial to start next week, Fox News reports.
Pelosi wrote, “I have asked Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler to be prepared to bring to the Floor next week a resolution to appoint managers and transmit articles of impeachment to the Senate.”
“I will be consulting with you at our Tuesday House Democratic Caucus meeting on how we proceed further,” Pelosi added in a letter to colleagues.
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Pelosi’s fellow Democrats started to voice their frustration and impatience as Pelosi withheld the articles of impeachment.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) told to Politico “The longer it goes on the less urgent it becomes. So if it’s serious and urgent, send them over. If it isn’t, don’t send it over.”
Several high ranking Democratic senators have reached out to media outlets to publicly announce that they are waiting for Pelosi to complete her part of the process. They have been waiting for the articles of impeachment for what they believe is an unbelievable amount of time.
The Independent senator from Maine, Angus King joined Feinstein, Doug Jones and Chris Coons have all told media outlets that they do not want Pelosi to hold up the process any longer.
“Pelosi nevertheless defended her approach in the memo Friday, stressing important new information on the Ukraine controversy at the heart of impeachment that emerged during the interim,” Fox News added.
Pelosi wrote, “I am very proud of the courage and patriotism exhibited by our House Democratic Caucus as we support and defend the Constitution.” Pelosi has been pressing the Senate for a “fair trial” with witnesses and documents.
“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 to the Constitution,” Pelosi wrote.
“No one is above the law, not even the President,” Pelosi concluded.
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Pelosi’s demands in recent days included calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to reveal the resolution that would set the terms for the trial before she would transmit the articles.
Pelosi and her allies seemingly wanted a commitment to call certain Democrat-sought witnesses, and at least learn more about McConnell’s plans. But McConnell wouldn’t budge, insisting that the Senate first launch the trial, and then resolve issues surrounding witnesses later, declaring that he would not haggle with Pelosi and accusing her Thursday of playing “irresponsible games.”
While Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., had largely backed Pelosi in calling for commitments from McConnell, other Democratic senators began this week to pressure the House to get moving.
“I think it’s time to turn the articles over,” Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Wednesday on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.” “Let’s see where the Senate can take it.”
McConnell has already confirmed that the resolution to govern the impeachment trial in the Senate would mirror the same rules set by a Democrat majority and used for then-President Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial in 1999.
Once he receives the articles, McConnell said earlier this week he has the votes needed to pass the resolution and begin the trial.
While most resolutions can pass with a simple majority of 51 votes, there must be 67 votes to remove the president from office.