- The House of Representatives passed a resolution on Wednesday to transmit the two articles of political trial against President Donald Trump to the Senate.
- It could take several days for the Senate to finalize the rules for Trump’s trial, which includes a discussion about witnesses.
- The president of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, announced Wednesday that those responsible for the accusation that will lead the prosecution against Trump in the Senate will be representatives Adam Schiff, Jerry Nadler, Jason Crow, Zoe Lofgren, Val Demings, Hakeem Jeffries and Sylvia Garcia
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The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a resolution to transmit to the Senate the two articles of political trial that it passed against President Donald Trump.
Earlier Wednesday, the president of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, announced that the administrators of political trial at Trump’s trial would be:
- Rep. Adam Schiff of California
- Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York
- Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California
- Rep. Val Demings of Florida
- Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York
- Rep. Jason Crow of Colorado
- Rep. Sylvia Garcia of Texas
Democrats and Republicans in the upper house have fought fiercely for the terms of Trump’s impeachment trial since the House voted last month to dismiss the president, accusing him of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Specifically, Democrats wanted Republicans to commit themselves to calling witnesses during Trump’s trial and to be impartial throughout the process.
The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, and other Trump allies, such as Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, had said they were working closely with the White House before the trial and would not act as objective jurors.
Last week, McConnell said he would move forward with the trial without committing to call witnesses and instead decide on that issue once the trial begins, similar to what happened during the Bill Clinton political trial in the 1990s .
But after some senators, including Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, indicated their disapproval, the Kentucky Republican on Tuesday acknowledged to reporters that some Republican lawmakers can join Democrats to ask for witnesses.
The two articles of political trial against the president relate to his efforts to request foreign interference in the 2020 elections by arming Ukraine forcefully to deliver political dirt to one of his 2020 rivals, former Vice President Joe Biden, while Trump retained vital military aid and a White House Meeting that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky desperately wanted.
Trump’s actions came to light through a whistleblower complaint that an anonymous US intelligence official filed in August. At the center of the complaint was a July 25 telephone call between Trump and Zelensky in which Trump repeatedly pressured Zelensky to investigate the Bidens and analyze a false conspiracy theory that suggests that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 U.S. elections .
The White House published a memorandum of the phone call confirming the main accusation of the complainant. But subsequent testimony from nonpartisan officials, national security and foreign service professionals revealed that the phone call was only a data point in a month-long campaign by Trump and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to force Ukraine to access Your demands
Gordon Sondland, the United States ambassador to the European Union, said “everyone was informed” about Trump’s efforts, including national security adviser John Bolton, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the House’s interim cabinet chief Blanca, Mick Mulvaney, and other senior officers in the White House and in all federal agencies.
After weeks of clinging to political trial articles, Pelosi discussed the next steps with House Democrats at their weekly caucus meeting last week.
It may take several days for the Senate to finalize the rules, including the discussion of witnesses, and begin the trial. Once the trial begins, McConnell will keep the Senate six days a week until a vote is taken to conclude the process.
The president of the court, John Roberts, will be the president. Pat Cipollone, the White House lawyer, and Jay Sekulow, Trump’s personal lawyer, will act as the president’s lawyers during the trial.
The Republican-controlled Senate is expected to acquit Trump; that would make him the third president of the United States to be dismissed but not removed from office.