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Pelosi defends holding onto impeachment articles, accuses McConnell of supporting ‘cover-up’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at her weekly press conference in Washington on Jan. 9

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House will take steps next week to transmit the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, ending a three-week standoff but confronting the Senate with only the third trial in US history to remove a chief executive.

"It's not excluded", she said Sunday during an interview with ABC's "This Week", when asked about a subpoena for Mr. "To me, it means that we have to take that step back from being hand in glove with the defense, and so I heard what leader McConnell had said, I happened to think that that has further confused the process".

"We have done our job", she added. We would hope that the Senate would do that as well, she said.

The House speaker defended her controversial decision to hold onto the articles of impeachment, saying it "produced a positive result" of demanding documents and witnesses from a reluctant Republican Senate. Josh Hawley of Missourilast week to allow for the dismissal of the obstruction of Congress and abuse of power charges against Trump because Pelosi has not yet transferred the articles to the Senate for a trial. A trial could start as early as Wednesday, if the House acts quickly, though lawmakers and aides have speculated that it will not begin in earnest until the following week. "What was good enough for President [Bill] Clinton is good enough for President Trump".

And she seemed to leave open the possibility the House will subpoena former national security adviser John Bolton if the Senate doesn't - and doesn't rule out that the House could bring new articles of impeachment. Senators can then pose questions, but the issue of witnesses is debated later during the hearing.

While the rules of Senate trial remain unsettled, the outcome is not. 'If they want to go that route, again, the senators who are thinking now about voting for witnesses or not, they will have to be accountable for not having a fair trial'.

Republicans have the leverage with a slim 53-47 Senate majority, if Mr McConnell can keep GOP senators on board with his strategy.

Scalise, however, said the battle to impeach Trump on false charges and partisan lines, along with "Speaker Pelosi's cynicism and hypocrisy has done irreparable damage to our democracy".


"A senior White House official said it was 'super uncool.'"

". Making matters worse for Schiff, is that IG Atkinson is now under a House Intelligence Committee Republican investigation for apparently lying to Congress, as reported earlier.

Politico reported on Friday that Pelosi will be sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate this week. There are only 47 Democrats, and no Republican has indicated he or she is ready to cross the aisle to support convicting the president.

"This phony Impeachment Hoax should not even be allowed to proceed". That's just as the Democratic candidates are making their final pitches to voters in Iowa, where the first-in-the-nation caucuses take place on February 3. "We'll get about it as soon as we can", he said.

Pelosi was asked to respond to a tweet launched by Trump as the show aired. The White House may ask for more time for trial preparation as Trump attends the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on January 21.