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Pelosi Agrees to Release Impeachment Articles

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Friday she will send the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate next week, ending a heated standoff with Republicans over the terms of the impeachment trial.

“I have asked Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler to be prepared to bring to the Floor next week a resolution to appoint managers and transmit articles of impeachment to the Senate,” Pelosi said in a letter to House Democrats.

Pelosi added she will talk to the caucus at their weekly meeting Tuesday morning on “how to proceed further.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) — having already secured GOP votes for his preferred trial framework — could start the impeachment trial shortly after he receives the articles.

Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) had sought to pressure Republicans into accepting new witnesses and evidence in a bid to ensure a fair trial, but McConnell ultimately rebuffed them.

McConnell said Friday that he was “glad” the articles of impeachment were finally being sent to the Senate.

“We’ve been anxious to get started … how many weeks has it been now?” McConnell told reporters. “It’s been a long wait, I’m glad it’s over.”

McConnell, who replied “not really” when asked if he’d spoken with Pelosi, didn’t specify when he plans to introduce his resolution for the terms of the Senate impeachment trial.

“We have to get the articles first and hopefully then — looks like they’re now coming over at long last,” he said.

McConnell told Senate Republicans Thursday he was expecting Pelosi to send over the articles of impeachment as soon as Friday, teeing up a Senate trial to possibly start next week.

McConnell also signed onto a Senate GOP resolution to change the chamber’s rules and dismiss Trump’s impeachment if House Democrats didn’t transmit the articles within a certain timeframe, further underscoring he had no intentions of honoring Pelosi’s wishes.

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Friday she will send the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate next week, ending a heated standoff with Republicans over the terms of the impeachment trial.

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