House Speaker Pelosi Says Trump’s Impeachment Articles Will Head to the Senate

The House will send them as soon as next week. Once that happens, the trial is expected to begin almost immediately.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Friday that she plans to hand over the articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate as early as next week. Once that happens, the trial is expected to begin almost immediately. 

“I have asked Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler to be prepared to bring to the Floor next week a resolution to appoint managers and transmit articles of impeachment to the Senate,” Pelosi said in a letter to colleagues.

On December 18, the House voted to impeach Trump for abuses of power, including bribing a foreign power (Ukraine) to interfere in the 2020 elections, and obstruction of Congress, by ordering his top aides not to testify. The decision whether to indict Trump and remove him from office or to exonerate him will be decided by the Senate in the next few weeks. 

There has been much speculation about when Pelosi would send the articles. She and Chuck Shumer were reportedly holding onto the articles in the hopes that Senate Republicans would agree to a pre-trial witness list, which would include National Security Advisor John Bolton and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney. Pelosi also wanted to ensure a fair trial.

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced this week that he has the votes among the party to block a resolution requiring the list. Despite this, Democrats have pledged to hold repeated votes on calling up witnesses once the trial starts.