Jan 3, 2020

McConnell: Senators' impeachment role is "nothing like the job of jurors in the legal system"

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell argued Friday on the Senate floor that senators' role in an impeachment proceeding is "nothing like the job of jurors in the legal system."

"That is why the Constitution puts the impeachment trial in this place. Not because senators should pretend they are uninformed, unopinionated or disinterested in the long-term political questions that an impeachment of the president poses — but precisely because we are informed, we are opinionated and we can take up these weighty questions."

Flashback: McConnell's statement tracks with the position he expressed last month — when he stated that he is not an "impartial juror" and called impeachment "a political process."

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Pelosi confirms House will vote to send impeachment articles on Wednesday

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirmed in a statement Tuesday that the House will vote Wednesday on a resolution that would name impeachment managers and transmit the articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate.

Why it matters: The vote would end Pelosi's pressure campaign against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to allow additional documents and witnesses in the Senate's impeachment trial. McConnell said at a press conference that the trial will likely begin next Tuesday, with "housekeeping" measures like the swearing-in of senators taking place this week.

Go deeperArrowUpdated Jan 14, 2020

Pelosi slams McConnell trial rules as "deliberately designed to hide the truth"

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) claimed in a statement Tuesday that the rules Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has proposed for President Trump's impeachment trial diverge from the Clinton precedent and show he has "chosen a cover-up" over a fair trial.

Context: McConnell made public an organizing resolution Monday laying out the terms for the trial, which include 24 hours over two days for each side to present their cases. It would block evidence discovered in the House impeachment investigation from being presented without a separate vote, and it would delay a vote on whether to subpoena witnesses and documents until later in the trial.

Go deeperArrowJan 21, 2020

Pelosi signals she'll send impeachment articles to Senate next week

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a letter to colleagues Friday that she will ask House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler to "be prepared“ to name impeachment managers and send the articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate next week.

Why it matters: Her decision would potentially end a weeks-long standoff between Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell over the structure of the Senate trial — specifically whether new documents or witnesses would be allowed.

Go deeperArrowJan 10, 2020