WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she would send the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate “when I’m ready.”
- Pelosi told reporters at a news conference that she is “not holding them indefinitely” while the Senate still awaits for the articles so it can begin a trial on whether to remove the president from office.
- The speaker said she did not immediately send the articles because House Democrats were concerned that the Republican-led Senate would not be able to live up to their oath to serve as impartial jurors.
Speaking to reporters at a news conference on Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would send the articles of impeachment on President Donald Trump when she is ready. She added that House Democrats still need to know the Senate’s planned rules for the impeachment trial.
“I’m not holding them indefinitely,” Pelosi said. “I’ll send them over when I’m ready. And that will probably be soon.”
Last month, the Democrat-led House of Representatives charged Trump, a Republican, with abusing his power for personal gain by pressuring Ukraine to announce a corruption investigation of his rival — Joe Biden — and his son, Hunter Biden. The former Vice President leads the Democrats in seeking to challenge Trump in November’s presidential election.
The House also charged Trump with obstructing Congress by directing administration officials and agencies not to cooperate with lawmakers’ impeachment inquiry.
The House Speaker, however, did not immediately transmit the articles over to the Senate, where Trump’s fellow GOP members control the chamber and would lead the trial.
Democrats have been asking for guarantees that the Senate proceedings will allow witness testimony, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he plans to defer any decision on witnesses until after the trial starts.
“At some point we would hope that we would see from them what the terms of the engagement will be. We are ready,” she said. “We should move smartly and strategically.”
Pelosi added that House Democrats were concerned that senators would not be able to live up to their oath to serve as impartial jurors.