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'Let's Get On With It!': McConnell Ready to Proceed with Senate Trial, so Why are Democrats Stalling? 

01-08-2020
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) tells reporters he has secured enough Republican votes to start President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Let's get on with it! That's the attitude from President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who say they're ready for the impeachment trial. So, what are the Democrats waiting for?

McConnell announced Tuesday night he's ready to begin the trial without an agreement with Democrats over witnesses.

Democrats have been pushing for additional witnesses, but McConnell says he wants to defer that decision until later in the trial. That's similar to the process in President Clinton's impeachment trial in 1999.  

Now, McConnell has the votes to carry out that plan. The trial can't begin, though, until House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sends the impeachment articles to the Senate.

McConnell said, "Nearly three weeks after the rushed vote they claimed was so urgent, they are still debating whether or not they want to see the trial proceed." He blasted Democrats for playing "one cynical political game right on top of another."

Pelosi reportedly told fellow Democrats Tuesday night that she's not ready to send the articles until she sees specific rules for trial procedures.

Sen. John Thune (R-SD) said Democrats aren't cooperating with Republicans to move the process forward. 

"Right now they seem to be intent on playing political games with this but if the House will send it over.  And Senator Schumer will agree to sit down with Senator McConnell, we can work out a path forward and we'll see where that leads," Thune said. 

President Trump and even members of Pelosi's own party say it's time she acts to allow the trial to begin.

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