John Bolton impeachment testimony will be blocked, Donald Trump says

John Bolton impeachment testimony will be blocked, Donald Trump says

John Bolton impeachment testimony will be blocked, Donald Trump says

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday that the House would finally forward the two articles of impeachment passed December 18 against President Trump to the Senate next week.

The unified support among Democrats for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's impeachment strategy has cracked, with leading Senate Democrats publicly urging Pelosi to advance the articles of impeachment and signs that her own caucus is losing patience as well.

"Has nothing to do with the validity and urgency of these impeachments, but rather with assuring the American people that we will have a Senate trial and not just an unfair vote", said Sewell (D-AL).

"In an impeachment trial, every Senator takes an oath to 'do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws.' Every Senator now faces a choice: to be loyal to the President or to the Constitution", she wrote.

When the stalemate eases and the Senate can finally make preparations for Trump's impeachment trial that could begin as soon as next week, there will be an accounting of what exactly Pelosi achieved.

Trump's statement came as Pelosi signaled an end to a standoff between House Democrats and Senate Republicans that has delayed a Senate trial of the case.

The rules require the Senate to summon Trump, as the combative president is unlikely to be used to hearing.

Next week, Nancy Pelosi plans to take her Articles of Impeachment to the Senate, launching the official impeachment hearing that will nearly certainly result in President Trump being exonerated. In addition to coordinating a defense with the White House, he was also refusing to call witnesses-even the witnesses that refused to comply with congressional subpoenas in the House-and said he had enough votes among his fellow Republicans to move forward on his own terms.

Sen. Susan Collins, a centrist Republican up for reelection later this year, told the Washington Examiner she is working with "some of my Republican colleagues", as well as party leaders, "to reach an agreement" that would allow for calling witnesses in the expected trial. The move could be seen as using a foreign country to intervene in a USA election, as Joe Biden is one of Trump's main Democratic rivals for the presidency in 2020.

Pressure has increased on the speaker to send over the two articles - abuse of power and obstruction of Congress - so the Senate can begin proceedings on the president. All eyes were on the GOP leader this month as he delivered blistering floor speeches knocking Democrats for playing politics.

They brought attention to how Republicans plan to hold a Senate trial. Democrats insist her delay was about maximizing leverage, and that she got as much as she could.

Despite McConnell's wishes for a speedy trial, some Republicans in his caucus have indicated that they are open to witnesses.

Trump pointed to acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and former Energy Secretary Rick Perry as potential witnesses, too.

During the standoff, emails also emerged from the Pentagon showing concern over delays in the almost $400 million in military aid is accused of holding back to pressure Ukraine for political favors.

The House also charged him with obstructing Congress by directing administration officials and agencies not to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry.

White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said White House counsel Pat Cipollone would lead Trump's defense and outside counsel Jay Sekulow would be involved.

Democrats believe Bolton, ousted by Trump last September, has key insight into the president's failed efforts to secure a so-called quid pro quo with the government of Ukraine.

"Members of the U.S. Senate, especially Republicans, you need to end this for the sake of our country and our Constitution and frankly, for the sake of future presidents". Pelosi is expected to ensure the managers are diverse in gender and race, and also geographically.

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