Pelosi keeps hold on impeachment articles in hopes of leveraging more favorable terms in Senate trial

The President of the Chamber asks for pressure on witnesses and additional documents; Garrett Tenney reports from Washington with the Republicans’ response.

On Tuesday evening, President of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, told Congress Democrats that he intends to continue holding articles on the political process against President Trump, asking for now that Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell first publishes the resolution describing the terms of a trial in the Senate.

In a letter to his colleagues, Pelosi, a California Democrat, said he would not send political judgment articles to the Senate until McConnell moved on to “publish” the resolution immediately while accusing him of making “misleading statements” on previous political trials. to “justify” republican plans.

“Unfortunately, leader McConnell made it clear that his loyalty is to the President and not to the Constitution,” wrote Pelosi. “Leader McConnell insisted that the approach under consideration is identical to that of the Clinton trial and that” the fair is fair. “This is simply not true.”

Democrats have always insisted that Republicans agree to call some witnesses as part of Trump’s impeachment process, while McConnell called to start the trial earlier and resolve issues such as witness testimony later.

Both sides are investigating, but the latest statements appear to leave an opportunity for the trial to end, although it is unclear who will make the next move.

Pelosi suggested that the Assembly could appoint “managers” of political judgment and pass on the articles once McConnell publishes the resolution. Meanwhile, McConnell said Tuesday that Republicans “have the vows” to start a political trial, even without an agreement on possible witnesses wanted by the Democrats, once the chamber receives House articles. McConnell also said Tuesday that Republican leaders will share the resolution to govern the process once it is revealed.

McConnell said the Senate could initiate “phase one” of Trump’s impeachment process, after informing Pelosi that he has a simple majority and that he can proceed.

“Fifty-one senators determine what we do and there will certainly be an intense discussion once we pass the first phase, especially the argument of the witnesses,” said McConnell, insisting that the Senate receive articles for the first time. home.

Senate minority leader Chuck Schemer defended his party’s efforts last week to find high-level witnesses and documents amid new reports of what happened within the administration at the time of the decision to freeze millions of dollars of military aid to Ukraine. Schumer said that it is imperative to know the “full truth” while expressing concern that McConnell may end up with a “fake trial”.

“Never, never in the history of our country has there been a political process in which the ability to listen to witnesses has been denied in the Senate, however, the Republican leader seems to want to violate that precedent and deny critical evidence to this body and the people American, “said Schumer, adding that McConnell” has no intention of being impartial. “

The House last month voted in favor of adopting two articles of political judgment against the president: abuse of power and obstruction in Congress. Pelosi, after the vote, said he wanted reassurance that the Senate would hold a trial shortly before sending the articles.

In the event that Pelosi transmits the articles to the Senate, he would elect the “managers” of the Democratic Chamber’s accusation of pursuing the case against the president.

Last month, bipartisan sources told Fox News that several names have been presented to defend the president’s impeachment.

Probable candidates include the president of the House of Representatives intelligence committee, Adam Schiff, a Democrat for California, who conducted much of his committee’s political trial investigations with dramatic hearings to develop the case against the president; The president of the judicial committee of the House of Representatives, Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Whose group drafted the articles of political judgment; President of the House Democratic Caucus Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y.; and representative Jamie Raskin, D-Md., constitutional lawyer.

Other possible candidates include Democrats who have been most outspoken during the hearings of the political process such as Representative David Cicilline, D-R.I., Ed Eric Swalwell, D-Calif. Sources told Fox News that other published names include representatives from Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash; Val Demings, D-Fla., Who was the first police chief in Orlando; and Zoe Lofgren, a California Democrat, involved in the political process of former President Bill Clinton and staff member during Congress’s investigation into former President Richard Nixon.

During Clinton’s impeachment in 1999, there were 13 managers of the House’s layoff. A source familiar with the planning told Fox News that Pelosi should designate less of this.

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