House to Vote on Sending Trump Impeachment Charges; Trial Now Imminent

Last updated 1/14/2019 at 10:45 a.m. ET.

The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives will vote on Wednesday to send formal impeachment charges against President Donald Trump to the Senate, lawmakers said on Tuesday, setting the start of Trump’s trial for as early as this week.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told a party meeting that she would also name the Democrats’ team of “managers” who will lead the prosecution of Trump at the trial, Democratic congressman Henry Cuellar said.

The House impeached Trump last month on charges of abusing power by pressuring Ukraine to announce an investigation into his Democratic rival Joe Biden and of obstructing Congress.

But Pelosi has delayed sending the charges to the Senate in an unsuccessful effort to get that chamber’s Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to agree to include new witness testimony that could be damaging to the Republican president.

The Senate is expected to acquit Trump, as no Republicans have voiced support for ousting him, a step that would require a two-thirds majority.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing and has dismissed his impeachment as a partisan bid to undo his 2016 election win as he tries to win re-election in November.

A Wednesday vote would allow the Senate to start the trial on Thursday afternoon, although the first few days will be consumed with housekeeping duties such as swearing in members and formally reading the two impeachment charges. Lawmakers likely would not hear opening arguments until next week at the earliest.

“We’ll have I think about a 10-minute debate and we’ll vote on it and then send everything over. And the Senate trial, I assume, will start next week,” Cuellar said.

The 1999 impeachment trial of then-President Bill Clinton lasted five weeks. If the Senate conducts its trial along those lines, as Republican McConnell has suggested, that would mean lawmakers would still be considering charges against the president while the first nominating contests of the 2020 presidential election were underway in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Democrats want current and former White House officials such as former national security adviser John Bolton to testify, but McConnell has yet to say definitively how the Republican-controlled Senate will conduct the trial.

He has not committed to allowing any witnesses or new documents in the proceedings and instead could steer the process toward a quick acquittal. He has left open the possibility of deciding on witness testimony later in the trial.

House Democrats have said Pelosi could name up to 10 lawmakers as managers to argue the case against Trump, including House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who spearheaded the impeachment probe, and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler.

(Reporting by David Morgan and Richard Cowan; writing by Alistair Bell; editing by Jonathan Oatis)


  1. bottomline: the impeachment must be sent to the Senate to have any meaning, which it lacks.

    Let’s ignore the blatant Constitutional abuses and one-sided construction of the entire fiasco. Once the Senate has its way the uselessness and partisanship of the Dim House will be fully displayed. How’s that for transparency?

    ….and WE the taxpayers paid for it, the Mueller BS, and other stupid, money-wasting shit the Dims contrived.

    I wish there were a way to deduct from their benefits and pay.

  2. “The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives will vote on Wednesday to send formal impeachment charges against President Donald Trump to the Senate”

    This vote is a sham, as has been the entire impeachment. They already voted to send the articles to the Senate.
    Pelosi just illegally and unconstitutionally held them. Paragraph 1 of the Articles of Impeachment, which the House passed in mid December EXPLICITLY calls for the articles to be sent to the Senate. The Constitution also calls for the articles and naming of House Managers to occur and gives NO AUTHORITY TO ANYONE to delay doing so upon the passage of articles of impeachment.

    This is just a pathetic attempt to give Pelosi cover for her unconstitutional and illegal acts.

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