House Democrats Huddle Ahead of Expected Transfer of Trump Impeachment Charges to Senate

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday will discuss the strategy and timing for sending articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate as Republicans balk at a call to dismiss the charges without a trial.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will convene the meeting at 9 a.m. (1400 GMT) for a check-in session after saying on Sunday she planned to send the impeachment charges, which she has held since the House passed them in December, to the Senate this week.

Pelosi could also unveil the names of the lawmakers who will be the managers who argue the House’s case in the Senate trial.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said he expected the resolution naming the managers and authorizing the transfer of the articles to the Senate to become public before the end of the week.

“By the end of the week, maybe before the end of the week,” Hoyer told a reporter who asked when the resolution would emerge.

The House is currently scheduled to hold its last votes of the week on Thursday at 3 p.m., before lawmakers leave Washington for a one-week break that includes the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday on Monday.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed to help acquit Trump, a fellow Republican. But despite his preference for a quick trial, and the president’s suggestion that a full trial would give credibility to Democrats that he feels is undeserved, several Republicans signaled on Monday they would not support any effort to dismiss the charges outright.

McConnell has not committed to allowing any witnesses or new documents in the proceedings.

The impeachment charges stem from Trump’s request that Ukraine investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a leading contender for the Democratic nomination to face Trump in the Nov. 3 presidential election. Trump denies wrongdoing and has dismissed the impeachment process as a sham.

The Republican-controlled Senate is expected to vote to acquit Trump. The conviction and removal of Trump would require a two-thirds majority of those present in the 100-member chamber.

(Reporting by David Morgan and Richard Cowan; Writing by Jeff Mason; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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  1. “You are confused confuction not John.” The Real Bob

    Not according to factual numbers. You need to PROVE that I am wrong, not just confuse me.

  2. “I think what most Americans think, the Democrats have no legitimate case for impeachment against President Trump.” John Straub

    John is confused.

    Between 51 and 52% of American voters want King Donald The Loser impeached over the Ukraine affair. FiveThirtyEight maintains a running average of 50.4%.

    Therefore, John is wrong when he says that “MOST Americans think” that he should not be impeached. In fact, the exact same percentage of people who voted for him (46%) think that he should not be impeached. Coincidence?

    Don’t let rhetoric and political bias confuse you, John.

    1. Join the discussion…You are still a lying POS confuction. You are confused confuction not John.

  3. What an America hating, EVIL POS party the left is and always has been. They need to huddle to keep each other warm because EVIL is cold, very cold.

  4. They did not expect the Repubs to push back. They usually wimp out. Maybe Trump is teaching them how to fight.

  5. This vote is just another fig leaf trying to cover up an unconstitutional sham impeachment.

    They already voted to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate. This was EXPLICITLY stated in the very first paragraph of the Articles of Impeachment they approved in December. This is an attempt to cover up Nancy’s illegal act. The naming of House Managers is also a Constitutional requirement they unlawfully withheld.

    Finally, there is no Constitutional power given the House for appropriating the funds for a trial. The idea that the House can vote for impeachment, but stop or delay a Senate trial by withholding funds or the articles themselves is Unconstitutional, as is this whole ‘impeachment’.

  6. I think what most Americans think, the Democrats have no legitimate case for impeachment against President Trump. They have been wanting and threatening impeachment since before he was even inaugurated and have been banging that drum ever since. I can still hear that nagging voice of Crazy Maxine Waters and “Impeach 45” over and over again. They have tried everything they could from outright lies, to conspiring to commit a coup using different intelligence agencies from overseas and within our own government to legitimize President Trump’s election. The media, the Socialist Democrat party, Hollywood and university professors have been working non-stop to ignore everything President Trump has done for this country. The RINO’s are pissed, well along with the Democrats because Candidate Trump made promises during the campaign and he is probably the first one to actually do his best to fulfill those promises. Promises made by other people who ran for office, only to, I don’t know, maybe have their memories wiped once they won their seats.

    1. “I think what most Americans think, the Democrats have no legitimate case for impeachment against President Trump.” John Straub

      John is confused.

      Between 51 and 52% of American voters want King Donald The Loser impeached over the Ukraine affair. FiveThirtyEight maintains a running average of 50.4%.

      Therefore, John is wrong when he says that “MOST Americans think” that he should not be impeached. In fact, the exact same percentage of people who voted for him (46%) think that he should not be impeached. Coincidence?

      Don’t let rhetoric and political bias confuse you, John.

  7. Democrats should have listened to Pelosi. Now she’s stuck with it. Their slow run to impeachment is an embarrassment. Somehow they still think they are in charge. Bernie once again will be screwed as he was when he ran against Hillary. He’ll be tied up in hearings. So no campaigning for him. Not that it will matter. Dems think that Biden is their man.

  8. Two, four, six eight… the weak impeachment will be late
    Three, five, seven, nine … to make stuff up we need more time.

    Does sort of seem like the current Democrat Party mantra.

  9. “Huddle”? For what? It is widely agreed – as wannabe dictators – they know they screwed up royally; but they can’t “unring the bell” now. They’ll simply have to manufacture some more flimsy excuses to try and remove Trump from Office in 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024.

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