Nearly one month after the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday that she would no longer withhold the articles of impeachment from the Senate.
According to the U.S. Constitution, the House has the power to impeach the president by a majority vote, but the Senate must vote to indict or remove the president by a concurrence of two-thirds of its members voting in the affirmative.
Though the House officially impeached Trump on December 18, Pelosi did not schedule a subsequent vote assigning managers to take part in the Senate trial, thus passing the matter onto that legislative body. The Speaker didn’t want to do so until she was sure what kind of trial would take place — including whether additional witnesses would be allowed to take part, Axios reported.
That last bit has yet to be resolved, as some GOP senators are wavering on the subject and may vote along with Democrats to require Senate rules to allow witnesses to testify. But whether that happens or not is still unknown, and Pelosi will reportedly pass on the articles either way.
In her Tuesday announcement, Pelosi did not name the House managers that would be assigned to take part in the Senate’s proceedings.
Pelosi sets up floor vote Wednesday to name impeachment managers and send articles to the Senatehttps://t.co/qSdjRDlusO
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 14, 2020
In her statement on the official website for the Speaker of the House, Pelosi derided plans by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to push for a vote that would dismiss all charges without a trial — a measure Trump is hoping will come about. She also chided McConnell for refusing to allow more witnesses and pieces of evidence to be considered in the trial phase.
“The Senate GOP Leader has signed on to a dismissal resolution. A dismissal is a cover-up,” Pelosi wrote. “The American people will fully understand the Senate’s move to begin the trial without witnesses and documents as a pure political cover-up. Leader McConnell and the President are afraid of more facts coming to light.”
The vote on passing the articles forward and naming the House managers is slated to take place on Wednesday.