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REPORT: McConnell Ready to Roll into Senate Trial, Despite Democratic Stagnation

Is McConnell squirming or expediting the inevitable?

Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell are at loggerheads, and the only ones suffering on account of this are the American people.

The House Speaker, after working swiftly and determinedly to pass two articles of impeachment against President Donald J. Trump simply put the process in park before the congressional holiday break.  Without these documents making their mostly-symbolic journey to the higher chamber over which the Senate Majority Leader resides.

McConnell, who’ll be responsible for conducting the Senate trial, has repeatedly and forcefully stated that he will be expecting a swift and vindicating adjudication.  Pelosi wants her Senate counterparts to call witnesses.  The two have been locked in this dance for weeks now.

Today, Mitch McConnell took a mighty step toward breaking the gridlock.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that Republicans have enough votes to proceed with President Trump’s impeachment trial with no agreement with Democrats on witnesses.

The announcement came as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) faced increasing pressure to send articles of impeachment to the Senate, including from some in her own party, to allow a trial to begin. Pelosi has held on to the documents as Democrats seek guarantees about the scope of a trial, including witnesses. Earlier Tuesday, Trump highlighted objections to the prospect of testimony from former national security adviser John Bolton, as Bolton’s announcement that he is prepared to appear at a trial continued to roil Capitol Hill.

Bolton’s sudden emergence as a possible witness was a significant hit to McConnell’s case, and this sudden haste may very well be a symptom of the renewed pressure that he is facing.

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