Published: Fri, December 20, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump rails against delay in moving impeachment to Senate

Trump rails against delay in moving impeachment to Senate

The day after the House cast historic votes to impeach President Donald Trump, Democrats grappled Thursday with when to send the charges to the Republican-led Senate, hoping to gain leverage in a bicameral clash over the contours of an election-year trial.

As the House was voting to impeach him, Mr Trump went on to tell his vocal supporters at the MI rally: "The Democrats are declaring their deep hatred and disdain for the American voter".

"Actually, they have zero proof of anything, they will never even show up".

And on Late Night, Seth Meyers explained how Trump's impeachment "is not some sort of misuse of congressional powers - it's exactly what the framers had in mind when they wrote the impeachment clause into the constitution".

He told a cheering crowd: "While we're creating jobs and fighting for MI, the radical Left in Congress is consumed with envy and hatred and rage, you see what's going on".

McConnell expressed befuddlement at Pelosi's strategy, a confusion shared by many in Washington.

"The next thing will be when we see the process that is set forth in the Senate", she said.

The Senate's Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, will determine the terms of the trial and the Democrats want him to provide details on which witnesses and what testimony will be allowed.

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In the spirit of the season, he continued: "I do want to give Donald Trump credit on a rare good decision: signing an executive order giving most federal employees a paid day off on Christmas Eve".

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham blasted Pelosi's move that would potentially delay the Senate trial, where she said Trump was sure to get a "fair shake" compared to the House.

"The framers built the Senate to provide stability", McConnell says in his Senate floor remarks, according to excerpts released by his office. The other is the Republicans' so-far solid defense of the President. "Ultimately, I think that this will go to the voters in 2020 and he's going to win in a landslide", said Hill. Jayapal was one of 228 Democrats to vote "Yes" on both articles of impeachment against the 45th president.

On a now-infamous July 25 phone call, Trump indicated to Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy that military aid and a possible meeting with the White House would be contingent on Ukraine announcing an investigation into the son of Trump's political rival and leading Democratic candidate, Joe Biden.

Top Republican Senator Mitch McConnell said on Thursday that that the Democrat-controlled House has "let its partisan rage at this particular president create a toxic new precedent that will echo will into the future".

Some say Trump's acquittal could backfire for Democrats and embolden his base.

US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaks about the impeachment inquiry earlier in December. But in reality, Mr Trump has little to fear from the Senate trial.

The trial will pit Mr Trump against one of a field of Democratic contenders, including Mr Biden, who have repeatedly criticised Mr Trump's conduct in office.

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