McConnell says he expects Trump impeachment trial to start next Tuesday

Impeachment Wrap
Mitch McConnell, John Thune, Joni Ernst

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined by Majority Whip John Thune, R-S.D., left, and Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, tells reporters he has secured enough Republican votes to start President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial and postpone a decision on witnesses and documents Democrats want, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 7, 2020. The trial could start as soon as this week if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi releases the articles of impeachment. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON D.C. — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he expects President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial to begin in one week, hours after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House will vote Wednesday to send the two articles of impeachment against Trump to the Senate.

McConnell, R-Ky., added that the Senate will take preliminary steps toward the trial this week.

Earlier Tuesday, Pelosi, D-Calif., said: “The House will now proceed with a vote on transmitting the articles of impeachment and naming impeachment managers on Wednesday.”

“The president and the senators will be held accountable,” she added in a statement.

Jan. 20 UPDATE:

President Donald Trump did “absolutely nothing wrong,” is the victim of a partisan plot to take him down and should be swiftly acquitted in a Senate trial, his legal team argued in a brief Monday.

The 110-page trial memo, prepared for submission to the Senate a day before the president’s impeachment trial is set to begin in earnest, counters House Democrats’ argument that Trump abused the power of his office for personal gain by working to pressure Ukraine to announce politically advantageous investigations and then, once he was caught, sought to obstruct Congress’ investigation.

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