WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The US House of Representatives, led by Democrats, will vote Wednesday to send charges of political trial against President Donald Trump to the Senate, lawmakers said Tuesday, paving the way for a trial that could begin The next Tuesday.
The president of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, said at a party meeting that she would also appoint the team of “managers” of the Democrats who will lead Trump’s trial in the trial, said Democratic Congressman Henry Cuellar.
GRAPH: Accusation of the president of the United States, Donald Trump, here
Trump became the third US president to be dismissed when the House last month approved charges of abuse of power by pressing Ukraine to announce an investigation into Democratic rival Joe Biden and obstructing Congress.
Pelosi has delayed sending charges to the Senate in an unsuccessful effort to get the Republican majority leader of that chamber, Mitch McConnell, to agree to include new witness testimony that could harm the Republican president.
The Senate is expected to absolve Trump, as none of his 53 Republicans has expressed support for expelling him, a step that would require a two-thirds majority in the 100-member Senate.
A House vote on Wednesday would allow the Senate to begin considering charges against Trump next week, McConnell said. The chamber will first address cleaning tasks, such as swearing on members and formally reading the two impeachment charges later this week, he said.
“We assume that we are at the trial next Tuesday and I think that is the case,” he said at a press conference.
US Senators UU. They will act as a jury at the trial, which will be supervised by the head of the Supreme Court, the president of the Supreme Court, John Roberts. A clash over the efforts of the Democrats to present new witnesses and documents as evidence will likely dominate the first part of the trial.
“If you want the truth, you have to have witnesses, you have to have documents,” the top Democratic Senator, Chuck Schumer, told reporters. “The president and the American people deserve nothing more than a fair, complete and honest process,” he said.
Trump has denied acting badly and dismissed his political trial as a partisan attempt to undo his 2016 election victory while trying to win reelection in November.
The White House said Tuesday that the trial was “purely political.”
“It is because of the desire to gain more power. It has nothing to do with the rule of law in any way because the articles they made do not actually cite any crime. It is only to try to defame this president because they know they cannot beat him at the polls, “White House spokesman Hogan Gidley told Fox News.
The case against Trump focuses on a July 25 telephone call in which he asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to open a corruption investigation into former Vice President Biden and his son Hunter, and a discredited theory that Ukraine, not Russia , meddled in the 2016 United States Election.
Democrats say Trump abused his power by asking a foreign government to interfere in an American election for his own political benefit at the expense of U.S. national security.
Joe Biden, whose son served on the board of a Ukrainian gas company, is a leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination to face Trump in the November 3 elections.
The two articles of political trial, or formal charges, against Trump include an accusation that he obstructed congressional efforts to investigate him by ordering officials to ignore the citations of the House committee to testify or produce documents at an earlier stage of the Ukrainian research.
Democrats want to listen to current and former White House officials at the trial, such as former national security adviser John Bolton, to hear about Trump’s campaign of pressure on Ukraine that could be detrimental to the president’s defense.
McConnell said the chamber will hold a vote to decide whether to call witnesses. If that succeeds, he said Republicans will probably want to call their own witnesses.
Pelosi could name up to 10 lawmakers as managers to argue the case against Trump, including the chairman of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, who led the political trial investigation, and the chairman of the House Judicial Committee, Jerrold Nadler
The 1999 political trial of then President Bill Clinton lasted five weeks. If the Senate conducts its trial in that regard, as McConnell has suggested, that would mean that lawmakers would continue to consider charges against the president while the first nomination contests for the 2020 presidential elections were held in Iowa and New Hampshire.
That could make life difficult for the four senators who run for the Democratic nomination: Elizabeth Warren, Michael Bennet, Amy Klobuchar and Bernie Sanders.
Republicans assume that Biden would have been politically damaged by a Ukrainian investigation into him and his son, but Trump and his allies have offered no evidence that they were involved in corruption in Ukraine.
A US cybersecurity company UU. He said Monday that Russian military hackers tried to steal emails from the Ukrainian energy company Burisma, where Hunter Biden was on the board.
No US president UU. He has been dismissed as a direct result of a political trial. Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 before he could be dismissed, while Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton were indicted by the House, respectively, in 1868 and 1998, but were not convicted by the Senate.
Reports by David Morgan and Richard Cowan; Additional repetition by Doina Chiacu and Susan Cornwell; Written by Alistair Bell; Edition by Andy Sullivan, Jonathan Oatis and Bill Berkrot