Impeachment live updates: Pelosi poised to name House managers ahead of transmission of impeachment articles against Trump to Senate
Later Wednesday, the House is expected to vote on a resolution that will trigger the transmission of the articles of impeachment to the Senate. The House managers plan to walk the articles across the Capitol and present them to the chamber led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who has repeatedly characterized the House case as weak.
The crux of the case is the allegation that Trump tried to leverage a White House meeting and military aid, sought by Ukraine to combat Russian military aggression, to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to launch an investigation of former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, as well as a probe of an unfounded theory that Kyiv conspired with Democrats to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.
●Impeachment spotlight turns to key question: whether to call witnesses.
●Ukraine prosecutor offered information related to Biden in exchange for ambassador’s ouster, newly released materials show.
●Pomp and a procession, then Trump impeachment trial begins in earnest.
●Capitol Hill reporters protest expected restrictions on media access during Senate impeachment trial.
Schiff says McConnell has choice between the Constitution and a coverup
As Pelosi prepared to unveil the House impeachment managers, Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) continued a Democratic effort to portray McConnell as participating in a coverup if the trial doesn’t include witnesses.
“Today, we take the next step to #DefendOurDemocracy, sending articles of impeachment to the Senate,” Schiff tweeted. “McConnell will have a choice: stand with the Constitution, or with Trump’s cover-up. Uphold the rule of law, or help Trump undermine it.”
8:15 AM: Sen. Coons says ‘virtually all’ Senate Republicans have mind up their minds
As Democrats continue to press the case for a Senate trial with witnesses, Sen. Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.) asserted Wednesday that “virtually all” Republicans have already made up their minds to acquit Trump regardless of the evidence.
During an interview on NPR, Coons pointed to McConnell’s plan to hear opening statements from House impeachment managers and lawyers for Trump before deciding whether to call live witnesses.
“Essentially what McConnell is saying is we ought to have the case in chief presented and then argue whether we need any additional witnesses,” Coons said. (“Case in chief” is a legal term for presentation of evidence.)
“What that’s really pointing to is that virtually all of the Republicans in the Senate have indicated they’ve made up their mind, and they’re going to vote to acquit regardless of what evidence is presented.”