Pelosi: Americans want 'fair trial' on Trump impeachment

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She suggested an end to the standoff Friday.

During the delay, Senate Republicans introduced a resolution allowing for dismissal of the impeachment case if Pelosi failed to send the articles within 25 days.

Democrats want former national security adviser John Bolton and other key Trump aides to appear as witnesses.

But as Jennifer Johnson reports, Bolton has said he will give testimony if subpoenaed.

Still, she insists it has been an effective strategy. That is not a fair trial. The Senate needs a 67-vote supermajority to convict and remove a president, which has never been done before. ABC News' George Stephanopoulos asked the House Speaker.

"The Senate should not reward this behavior by the House". Trump said he was keeping an eye on the historical implications of allowing Bolton to testify and that, for the sake of future presidents and their ability to have confidential discussions with advisers, he'd invoke privilege on Bolton.

Last month, McConnell told Fox News host Sean Hannity that he would be in "total coordination" with the White House over how the impeachment trial would play out, angering Democrats and raising questions over whether it will be a fair trial. "I hope and pray every Republican will reject what Nancy Pelosi did, and we'll pick up a few Democrats". There are only 47 Democrats, and no Republican has indicated he or she is ready to cross the aisle to support convicting the president. It set out a path for starting the trial and voting on witnesses later.

McConnell is reluctant to pursue any more witnesses at all, wary of dragging out the Senate trial. He voted for impeachment and his name has been floated as a possibility, with other Democrats reportedly lining up to take part.

"We wanted the public to see the need for witnesses, witnesses with firsthand knowledge of what happened, [and] documentation", she said. "We're going to listen to both sides, then we'll make a decision".

The speaker went on to suggest the House has the option to file new articles of impeachment, depending on how the Senate trial is conducted.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, is ending her weeks-long hold on the articles of impeachment, triggering the start of the Senate impeachment process.

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On Friday, Pelosi ended the stalemate by saying she had asked House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler to be prepared to bring to the floor next week a resolution to appoint managers and transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate.

At the same time, key centrist GOP Senator Susan Collins of ME, whose vote is among those most watched, announced on Friday that she was in discussions with other Republicans on a strategy that would allow the Senate to hear new testimony.

Schiff said, "It is certainly something we are considering".

But a trial to determine his guilt or innocence can not begin in the Republican-controlled Senate until the House transmits the charges. Yet questions remain in the Senate on the scope, format and duration.

For example, Fiona Hill, a British-born former White House expert on Russian Federation policy, explained in stark detail how Bolton called efforts towards the Kyiv government by Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and others a "drug deal" in which he wanted no part.

Until the Senate's trial begins, Murkowski said she's unsure how she'll vote.

The only cases being pursued by Democrats in court are related to grand jury material from Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election and a motion to force Don McGahn to testify about accusations of obstruction of justice related to that same investigation.

Chuck Cooper, an attorney for Bolton, declined to comment.

The articles of impeachment were approved before Christmas but Pelosi delayed in sending them to the Senate while Democrats sought to negotiate the rules for Trump's trial with Republicans who hold the upper chamber.

"Whether Trump will take revenge on the congressman, who has made hundreds of television appearances backing the president and is a frequent visitor at the White House, remains unclear", the Post continues.

House Democrats impeached Trump on December 18, 2019, alleging the president had engaged in "high crimes and misdemeanors" in his dealings with Ukraine.

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