WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she will “probably” soon transmit the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate. At a news conference Thursday, Pelosi said she has no plans to hold onto the articles indefinitely.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., meets with reporters following escalation of tensions this week between the U.S. and Iran, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
The ongoing standoff between Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is turning into a test of wills for the leaders.
It’s been three weeks since Trump was impeached, but Pelosi has yet to send the impeachment articles to the Senate for trial.
Pelosi wants clear terms of the trial made public as Democrats demand witnesses. McConnell insists there will be no “haggling.”
She said she knows ''exactly when" she’ll be transmitting the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate, brushing back Democratic comments that the time has come to start the trial.
Under the Constitution, the House oversees impeachment while the Senate oversees any subsequent trial. Lawmakers say the showdown is expected to be resolved this week.
Sen. Cory Booker says an impeachment trial and other pressing issues in Washington could deal a “big, big blow” to his Democratic presidential campaign by keeping him away from Iowa before the Feb. 3 caucuses.
Booker is among five senators seeking the Democratic nomination who face spending the lead-up to the first-in-the-nation caucus as jurors in Trump’s trial.
The challenge for Booker is particularly acute, given that he has struggled to break into the top tier and needs a strong showing in Iowa to keep his campaign going.
The New Jersey senator spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday for its “Ground Game” podcast.
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