The House of Representatives voted to transmit articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate following a month-long delay. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) signed the articles of impeachment and her House managers delivered the articles to the Senate on Wednesday evening.
Senate Majority Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on the Senate floor as the articles were transmitted on Wednesday night: “Mr. President, I have been directed by the House of Representatives to inform the Senate. The House has passed H Res 798, a resolution appointing and authorizing managers for the impeachment trial of Donald John Trump, president of the United States.”
It came hours after Pelosi named two House chairmen who led the impeachment inquiry as prosecutors for the Senate trial. They are Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who led the probe, and Judiciary Chair Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), whose committee approved the impeachment articles.
Nadler called the House to vote on the managers just hours after they were named by the speaker. A 10-minute debate ensued between the GOP and Democrats on the floor, with Nadler again arguing that a “fair trial” in the Senate “must include additional documents and relevant witnesses.” Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), the ranking Judiciary Committee Republican, argued that Democrats didnt hold a “fair hearing in the House” and said the “president wasnt allowed” to present counter-arguments and bring in fact witnesses.
The House voted to send up two articles that allege Trump abused his power and obstructed Congress, which is the last major action the lower chamber can take before the Senate takes over. After that, the managers will walk with the articles over the Senate building.
“Today is an important day,” said Pelosi in a news conference. “This is about the Constitution of the United States.”
Other managers named included Reps. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), Sylvia Garcia (D-Texas), Val Demmings (D-Fla.), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), and Jason Crow (D-Colo.)
Senators have said they expect to be sworn in as jurors this week, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has told reporters that the trial likely wont start until next week, possibly Tuesday.
The House voted Dec. 18, 2019 to impeach Trump—in a party-line vote—but Pelosi announced that her caucus would place a hold on sending the articles of impeachment, saying that she would like to see how the Senate votes on its trial. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Pelosi have both called for witnesses, including former Trump adviser John Bolton, to be subpoenaed in the Senate trial, but McConnell has insisted on holding a trial within the parameters of the rules that were used during the impeachment efforts against then-President Bill Clinton in the late 1990s.
Ahead of the vote, McConnell on Wednesday again faulted the Democrats for rushing their case against Trump. “These things take time,” he said on the Senate floor. Democrats have disputed this claim, saying they need to move with urgency ahead of the 2020 election.
In his speech, McConnell laid out his case for acquitting Trump. “Speaker Pelosi and the House have taken our nation down a dangerous road. If the Senate blesses this unprecedented and dangerous House process by agreeingRead More – Source