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Impeachment Articles Expected to Move to Senate This Week; All Eyes on These 4 GOP Senators

01-13-2020
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WASHINGTON, DC - The impeachment delay could be over soon as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi prepares to finally send the two articles to the Senate. It is still not clear what day this week that will happen, but Pelosi will meet with her caucus Tuesday morning to discuss moving forward and is preparing the House for a vote early this week. 

The Senate will begin their trial almost immediately after receiving the articles. 

"There will be no haggling with the House over Senate procedure," Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said last week.

McConnell stood strong throughout the standoff with Pelosi, refusing her demands to promise witnesses in a Senate trial.

"The senators who are thinking now about voting for witnesses or not, they will have to be accountable for not having a fair trial," Pelosi told ABC's 'This Week'. 

While McConnell and other top Senate Republicans hope to end the trial quickly, they will take a vote on witnesses after the trial begins.

"Obviously, that is the most contentious part of one of these proceedings, and that'll be addressed at that time and not before the trial begins," McConnell told reporters.

According to a new Politico/Morning Consult poll, 57% of all voters would prefer witnesses called forward.   

"Whoever heard of a trial without witnesses and documents? it's unprecedented," asked Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

All eyes will be on GOP senators seen as vulnerable for reelection this year like Susan Collins, Martha McSally, Cory Gardner, and Thom Tillis. Schumer believes they might have a hard time voting with McConnell. 

"Many of his colleagues are very, very worried about going home and saying they are not for witnesses and documents," Schumer claims.

Speaker Pelosi says if the Senate doesn't have witnesses, the House could still call forth Ambassador John Bolton, who says he will testify in the Senate if subpoenaed. 

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