"Every Senator will have to vote: is their loyalty is to the President or the Constitution?"
House Speaker Pelosi indicates she’ll send impeachment articles to the Senate this week, moving process to the impeachment trial.
- In a Friday letter to her colleagues, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said she will consult with her colleagues on Tuesday, indicating she will deliver the two articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate next week, ending the standoff with Senate Republicans.
- In recent weeks, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) have been unable to come to an agreement concerning whether to subpoena documents and witnesses. In her letter, Speaker Pelosi wrote:
“The American people have clearly expressed their view that we should have a fair trial with witnesses and documents, with more than 70 percent of the public stating that the President should allow his top aides to testify. Clearly, Leader McConnell does not want to present witnesses and documents to Senators and the American people so they can make an independent judgment about the President’s actions.”
- WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT: Before the impeachment articles can transmitted to the Senate, the House must first name impeachment managers who will present the case for impeachment in the Senate. Although Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will preside over the trial, his role is fairly limited seeing as the Senate can overrule his decisions by a majority vote. Ultimately, the GOP-controlled Senate will decide the procedures governing the trial and its ultimate outcome — whether or not to remove the President.
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