Published: Wed, January 15, 2020
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Trump impeachment: House lawmakers appointed to prosecute case

Trump impeachment: House lawmakers appointed to prosecute case

Speaker Nancy Pelosi named House prosecutors for President Donald Trump's impeachment trial on Wednesday ahead of votes to send the charges to the Senate, even as new information about the president's Ukraine efforts intensified pressure for more witnesses.

The Senate impeachment trial will be only the third ever of a United States president. All the senators present will act as the jury at the trial, which will be overseen by the head of the US Supreme Court, Chief Justice John Roberts.

Then shortly after, and echoing the message of Cruz and Paul, McConnell publicly warned Democrats that if they want to call additional witnesses during the proceedings, Republicans will counter with some of their own, and Democrats won't like who's on the GOP list.

Politico reports: "The material released on Tuesday contains several handwritten notes, emails, encrypted messages, and other documents that underscore the close relationship between Parnas and Giuliani, who was actively pursuing an effort past year to push the Ukrainian government to announce investigations targeting Trump's political rivals".

Pelosi is expected to sign the articles of impeachment at around 5:00 pm (2200 GMT) before they are then ceremoniously transferred from the House and travel through the USA capitol's main hallways before being delivered to the Secretary of the Senate.

Pelosi said the House will vote to transmit the charges and name the House managers for the case. "The notion that American citizens and others were monitoring [her] movements.is disturbing", her lawyer said.

"Leader McConnell and the president are afraid of more facts coming to light", she said.

"The President and the Senators will be held accountable", Pelosi said in a statement.

Trump was impeached by the Democratic-led House last month on charges of abuse of power over pushing Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden and obstruction of Congress in the following probe.

The White House is steeling itself for a trial that could present damaging evidence against the U.S. leader on national television.

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The only other presidential impeachment trial in the Senate involved President Andrew Johnson in the 19th century.

Senate Republicans signaled they would reject the idea of simply voting to dismiss the articles of impeachment against Trump, as Trump himself has suggested.

"This is a political impeachment", said House Republican Doug Collins.

Pelosi meanwhile called for a fair trial and demanded the Senate subpoena witnesses and documents from the White House that will be crucial in the trial.

Pelosi had delayed sending the charges in an effort to allow new testimony to be heard in the Senate. The seven House managers will physically carry the documents across the ornate US Capitol building from the House to the Senate.

'I'm not going to be voting for witnesses prior to the opening arguments.

His Republican Party holds a 53 to 47 majority in the chamber, and conviction requires a two-thirds majority, meaning if all Democrats voted to convict then 20 Republicans would have to also vote that way for Trump to lose the presidency.

McConnell prefers to model Trump's trial partly on the process used for then-president Bill Clinton's trial in 1999.

The California Democrats has requested McConnell provide her with the planned rules for the trial before she hands over the impeachment articles, but the Majority leader would not comply with that request, claiming Pelosi would not dictate the Senate trial.

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