Trump trial likely to begin next Tuesday: Senate chief

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) is expected to move ahead quickly with an impeachment trial.

"I would expect" to be named a manager, Nadler told reporters after the caucus meeting.

After McConnell's announcement, Sen.

She had held on to the Articles of Impeachment - the charge sheet against Trump - that the House voted on December 18 in a bid to pressure McConnell to accept her terms for holding the trial and in an attempt to get some Republican senators to break ranks on procedural matters.

Pelosi said the House will vote to transmit the charges and name the House managers for the case.

"The American people will fully understand the Senate's move to begin the trial without witnesses and documents as a pure political cover-up", she added. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., who is part of the GOP leadership, said Monday.

McConnell initially said the Senate wouldn't act on the USMCA until it had finished with Trump's impeachment trial, but Pelosi's decision to delay sending the impeachment articles to the Senate created a window for the vote this week. In the last few days Republican leaders pushed the legislation quickly through several committees, started floor debate Wednesday by unanimous consent and scheduled a roll call for Thursday morning before members of the Senate were to be sworn in as jurors for Trump's impeachment trial.

"In conversations with Republican colleagues, especially after the briefing last week, they were discouraged that the attitude that was being communicated to us was that Congress is an annoyance" and they only wanted to provide "morsels of information", Kaine said.

The Senate is expected to acquit Trump, as none of its 53 Republicans have voiced support for ousting him, a step that would require a two-thirds majority in the 100-member Senate. The measure, co-sponsored by two Republicans, would send the wrong message to US allies after the Trump administration killed Iran's top general earlier this month, McConnell said. The president's request for "a favor" came as the Trump administration held up a White House meeting with President Volodymyr Zelensky and nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine.

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White House counsel Pat Cipollone will lead Trump's defense.

The resolution "simply makes clear that only the legislative branch may declare war or commit our armed forces to a sustained military conflict with Iran", said Collins, one of the most vulnerable Republicans seeking reelection this year.

"Getting the Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO to both endorse this trade deal was no easy feat, and it took both sides' good faith efforts to get us here", said Sen.

Mr McConnell has not yet published a draft of the resolution but he said it would be "very similar" to one adopted in January 1999 during the impeachment of Democratic former President Bill Clinton.

Bolton, the former national security advisor, announced last week that if he were to be subpoenaed, he would testify in the Senate Impeachment Trial. It also would take only 51 senators to vote to dismiss the charges against Trump.

Trump will become only the third president in USA history to go on trial, risking his removal from office.

Most Republicans appear willing to go along with McConnell's plan to start the trial first then consider witnesses later, rather than upfront, as Democrats want. Republicans could seek to call witnesses of their own as well.

Several of the documents show Parnas communicating with Giuliani and another attorney, Victoria Toensing, about the removal of Marie Yovanovitch, who was the time the US ambassador to Ukraine.

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