House passes resolution to transmit Trump articles of impeachment to Senate to kick off trial

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The House of Representatives passed a resolution on Wednesday to transmit the two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate.
It could take several days for the Senate to finalize the rules for Trump’s trial, which includes a discussion on potential witnesses.
Pelosi announced earlier Wednesday that the impeachment managers who will lead the prosecution against Trump in the Senate will be: Rep. Adam Schiff of California, Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York, Rep. Jason Crow of Colorado, Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California, Rep. Val Demings of Florida, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York, and Rep. Sylvia Garcia of Texas.
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The House of Representatives passed a resolution on Wednesday to transmit to the Senate the two articles of impeachment that the House of Representatives passed against President Donald Trump.

The vote to send the articles came after Pelosi announced the impeachment managers in Trump’s trial. They will be:

Rep. Adam Schiff of California
Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York
Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California
Rep. Val Demings of Florida
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York
Rep. Jason Crow of Colorado
Rep. Sylvia Garcia of Texas

Wednesday’s vote also follows a fierce fight between Democrats and Republicans in the upper chamber over the terms of Trump’s impeachment trial since the House voted last month to impeach the president, charging him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Specifically, Democrats wanted Republicans to commit to calling witnesses during Trump’s trial and to remain impartial throughout the proceedings.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Trump allies, like Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, had said they were working closely with the White House ahead of the trial and would not act as objective jurors.

Last week, McConnell said he would move forward with the trial without committing to calling witnesses and would instead decide on that question once the trial starts, similar to what happened during Bill Clinton’s impeachment in the 1990s.

But after Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, among others, signaled their disapproval of McConnell’s actions, the Kentucky Republican conceded to reporters on Tuesday that some GOP lawmakers may join Democrats in calling for witnesses.

The two articles of impeachment against the president relate to his efforts to solicit foreign interference in the 2020 election by strong-arming Ukraine into delivering political dirt on one of his 2020 rivals, former Vice President Joe Biden, while Trump withheld vital military aid and a White House meeting that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky desperately wanted.

Trump’s actions came to light through a whistleblower complaint that an anonymous US intelligence official filed in August. At the center of the complaint was a July 25 phone call between Trump and Zelensky in which Trump repeatedly pressured Zelensky to investigate the Bidens and look into a bogus conspiracy theory suggesting that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 US election.

The White House released a memo of the phone call that confirmed the whistleblower’s main allegation. But subsequent testimony from nonpartisan, career national-security and foreign service officers revealed that the phone …read more

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