WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that he will launch President Donald Trump's impeachment trial on his terms, without any agreement on whether to call witnesses, when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sends the abuse and obstruction articles to the Senate.
“There will be no haggling with the House over Senate procedure," said McConnell, R-Ky. "We will not cede our authority to try this impeachment. The House Democrats' turn is over."
The trial on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress charges passed by the House last month could begin as soon as this week if Pelosi, D-Calif., sends the articles of impeachment to the Senate.
But even as McConnell spoke from the Senate floor, Pelosi was giving no sense of her plans. In a closed-door meeting with the House Democratic caucus, she stuck to talking about Iran's ballistic missile attacks on bases in Iraq in retaliation for the Trump administration's killing of Iran's top general, according to several Democrats in the room.
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Back on the Senate floor, Democratic leader Charles Schumer pressed on with his contention that any trial would be unfair unless senators could consider witnesses and documents connected to Trump's pressure campaign on Ukraine to investigate the family of Democratic rival Joe Biden.
“The evidence should inform arguments in a trial,” said Schumer, D-N.Y. “Evidence should not be an afterthought."
McConnell announced Tuesday that he has support from the majority of senators to start a trial structured like the last one, against President Bill Clinton in 1999. Those proceedings also began without an agreement on witnesses.
"We have the votes,” McConnell told reporters.
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