Dec 23, 2019

McConnell on Trump impeachment: "Let's quit the charade"

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the impeachment of President Trump a "charade" and "political exercise" on "Fox and Friends" on Monday, but added that Senate Republicans "haven't ruled out witnesses" for Trump's upcoming trial.

The big picture: Speaker Nancy Pelosi is withholding delivering the House's approved articles of impeachment until McConnell and Senate leadership determine the rules for the trial.

What he's saying: "[Pelosi] apparently believes that she can tell us how to run the trial."

  • "Do you think Chuck Schumer is impartial? Do you think Elizabeth Warren is impartial? Bernie Sanders is impartial? So let's quit the charade. This is a political exercise. ... All I'm asking of Schumer is that we treat Trump the same way we treated [President Bill] Clinton."
  • "Look, we’re at an impasse. We can’t do anything until the speaker sends the papers over, so everybody enjoy the holidays."

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Schumer argues for White House document production before Trump impeachment trial

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sent a letter to all senators on Monday arguing that the White House produce documents linked to an alleged effort to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate President Trump's political rivals ahead of the Senate's impeachment trial.

The big picture: A batch of newly released emails showed that the Office of Management and Budget ordered the Pentagon to withhold military aid to Ukraine 91 minutes after President Trump's July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Read the letterArrowUpdated Dec 24, 2019

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

Hawley says he will introduce motion to dismiss impeachment case

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Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) tweeted Thursday that he will introduce a measure next week to dismiss the articles of impeachment against President Trump that were approved by the House in December.

Why it matters: Hawley argues that Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision to withhold the articles from the Senate until Majority Leader Mitch McConnell outlines what the trial will look like undermines the Democratic case that impeachment is "urgent."

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