U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated House Democrats will decide Tuesday when to send official impeachment charges against President Trump to the Senate and warned that Republicans will pay a political price for refusing a trial with witnesses.
Pelosi, speaking on Sunday on “This Week” program, stated her council at a regular meeting Tuesday would vote on the timing of sending charges of impeachment to the Senate and calling trial managers in the House.
Pelosi has delayed sending of the charges for weeks to compel Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to agree to include new witness testimony and proof about Trump’s stress on Ukraine to investigate former VP Joe Biden, a leading Democrat among hopefuls to face Trump in the November election.
Her gambit seemed to fail as McConnell slammed the door on that idea last week, saying he had enough Republican votes to start the trial without a dedication to hear from more witnesses, together with former Trump national security consultant John Bolton.
Pelosi insisted her delay helped make American voters aware of the necessity for a fair trial with witness testimony and evidence. If McConnell continues to block such measures, Republicans will pay a political price.
The Senate, where the Republican party is in the majority, is widely anticipated to clear Trump of the charges, as no Republicans have sounded support for ousting him, a move that would require a two-thirds majority.
Nonetheless, Democrats want a more extended trial that reveals more information about Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukrainian Prez Volodymyr Zelenskiy to open a Biden investigation, including a July 25 phone call between the leaders.