Democrats Ready to Send Impeachment Articles to Senate on Wednesday
It’s about dang time.
Closure is finally on the horizon.
After weeks of stalling, stonewalling, and stymying, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appears ready to just get on with it in terms of Donald Trump’s impeachment.
The U.S. House is set to vote Wednesday to send the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate for a landmark trial on whether charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress are grounds for removal.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the next steps after meeting privately with House Democrats at the Capitol, ending her blockade Tuesday a month after they voted to impeach Trump.
It will be only the third presidential impeachment trial in American history, a serious moment coming amid the backdrop of a politically divided nation and an election year.
“The President and the Senators will be held accountable,” Pelosi said in a statement. “The American people deserve the truth, and the Constitution demands a trial.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been waiting for this day for some time, and has promised the President an expedient trial in the higher chamber.
The Senate is expected to transform into an impeachment court as early as Thursday. The Constitution calls for the chief justice to preside over senators, who serve as jurors, to swear an oath to deliver “impartial justice.″ The House managers will walk the articles across the Capitol in a dramatic procession after the vote.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday the chief justice would open the trial this week, but that the significant proceedings would launch next Tuesday, after the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
It is a nearly forgone conclusion that President Trump will be acquitted by the Senate, given the strong Republican majority in the upper chamber of Congress, which could finally bring some closure to a nation torn asunder by this partisan folly.
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