US President Donald Trump wants a Senate trial immediately after US House Speaker Pelosi said she would not hand off impeachment to the Senate until she learned how Republicans would manage the proceeding.
“So after the Democrats gave me no due process in the House, no lawyers, no witnesses, no nothing; they now want to tell the Senate how to run their trial. Actually, they have zero proof of anything, they will never even show up. They want out. I want an immediate trial!”
So after the Democrats gave me no Due Process in the House, no lawyers, no witnesses, no nothing, they now want to tell the Senate how to run their trial. Actually, they have zero proof of anything, they will never even show up. They want out. I want an immediate trial!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 20, 2019
The impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump in a sharply divided US Congress enter a new phase Monday; when the House Judiciary Committee convenes a hearing expected to result in specific charges against Trump.
Minutes after the House impeached Trump, Pelosi threw uncertainty into the process by refusing to say, repeatedly; when or whether she would send two articles to the Senate for a trial.
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Her comments came as a surprise in a news conference that was intended to express Democrats’ sombre closing message after voting to impeach Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Pelosi declined to say when she would send the articles to the Republican-led Senate. Until the articles are submitted, the Senate cannot hold the trial that is nearly certain to acquit the president.
She said House Democrats could not name impeachment managers; House prosecutors who make the case for Trump’s conviction and removal from office; until they know more about how the Senate will conduct a trial.
Lawmakers in the US House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to impeach 45th President, Donald Trump.