WASHINGTON (AP) – House Democratic leaders have carried the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump across the U.S. Capitol in a formal procession to the Senate. Trump will now face trial in the Republican-controlled Senate, with arguments expected to start next Tuesday and all 100 senators as the jurors. Chief Justice John Roberts will preside. It’s only the third such trial in American history. Trump is complaining anew that it is all a “hoax,” even as fresh details emerge about his efforts in Ukraine. He is accused of pressuring the Ukrainians to investigate Democrat Joe Biden, while withholding military aid as leverage.
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(AP) – The U.S. House has voted to send two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate. The House also approved the chamber’s prosecutors for what will be only the third Senate impeachment trial in American history. The nearly party-line vote on Wednesday moves Trump’s impeachment from Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Democratic-run House to the Republican-majority Senate. Trump expects acquittal in the Senate, though new evidence is raising fresh questions about his Ukraine efforts.
WASHINGTON (AP) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced the House prosecutors for the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. They include Democrats Adam Schiff of California and Jerrold Nadler of New York, who led the House impeachment probe. Others include: Rep. Zoe Lofgren Rep. Hakeem Jeffries Rep. Val Demings Rep. Jason Crow Rep. Sylvia Garcia
Pelosi made the announcement Wednesday morning, hours before the House was expected to vote to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate for trial. Trump was impeached last month on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
.@SpeakerPelosi on Impeachment Managers: “The emphasis is on litigators. The emphasis is on comfort level in the courtroom. The emphasis is making the strongest possible case to protect and defend our Constitution, to seek the truth for the American people.” pic.twitter.com/p6lSHmyK4i
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 15, 2020
The charges stem from his pressure on Ukraine to investigate Democrats as he withheld security aid to the country.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 15, 2020
The House is expected to vote Wednesday to send the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate. Speaker Nancy Pelosi made the announcement Tuesday. Meanwhile, pressure is mounting on senators to call fresh witnesses for the trial.
The House released a “trove” of new documents from Lev Parnas, an associate of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the trial could start this week, but significant proceedings would launch next Tuesday.
Trump was impeached by the Democratic-led House last month on charges of abuse of power over pushing Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden and obstructing Congress’ probe.