Trump to give annual address to Congress amid impeachment drama

Trump to give annual address to Congress amid impeachment drama

Trump to give annual address to Congress amid impeachment drama

McConnell and Schumer have been at odds in recent days over their competing views about the parameters of a Senate impeachment trial.

However, a majority of 51 Senators can vote to change any of the rules at any time, according to the caveat "unless otherwise ordered by the Senate" which appears eight times in the rules. The leader of the upper chamber, Senator Mitch McConnell, has said there is no chance of the president being convicted.

The 2019 State of the Union address placed Pelosi and Trump at odds after she asked the president to postpone the State of the Union address or deliver it in writing citing security concerns during the government shutdown. They point out that there were no live witnesses at the 1999 impeachment trial of Democratic then-President Bill Clinton. "Why aren't we Impeaching her?"

In his speech, Mr McConnell warned that the 12-week investigation could damage the institutions of United States democracy and said the House had failed to prove that Mr Trump had broken any law.

Until the articles are submitted, the Senate can not hold the trial that is almost certain to acquit the president.

USA senators who control the fate of President Donald Trump left Washington, DC, for a holiday break on Friday with no agreement over how they will handle the Senate trial to consider his impeachment charges in January. He pointed to the justification provided in House Democrats' 658-page report detailing the evidence against Trump: "The president betrayed the nation by abusing his high office to enlist a foreign power in corrupting democratic elections ..."

The US Constitution stipulates that an impeachment vote by the House is just the first step toward removing a sitting president from office.

A trial in the Republican-controlled Senate would nearly certainly result in Trump being acquitted of the charges.

Under the U.S. constitution, it is impossible to fully impeach a president without the backing of the Senate.

Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 instead of facing the impeachment process after the Watergate scandal.

"The framers built the Senate to provide stability", McConnell says in his Senate floor remarks, according to excerpts released by his office.

Earlier, McConnell accused Democrats of succumbing to "transient passions and factionalism" and made it clear that he did not think the Senate should find Trump guilty. Trump is said to have threatened to withhold military aid that had already been approved by Congress, unless Zelenskiy provided the president with information on the dealings of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter involving the Ukrainian gas company Burisma.

"When you have a trial you get to call witnesses", he told Reuters. The House did also invite the president to testify before its investigators but he declined to do so. Democratic lawmakers pointedly advanced the case for Trump's impeachment.

Surprisingly, for a capital paralyzed by Democratic-Republican gridlock and a presidency mired in scandal, a whole string of major breakthroughs came through at once. Endangered Republican senators including Cory Gardner of Colorado and Martha McSally of Arizona need strong turnout by the GOP base to win, and will be hard-pressed to take Schumer's side.

"When we see what they have, we'll know who and how many to send over", Pelosi told reporters.

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