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Democrat Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she believed that the investigation hearings to isolate President Donald Trump had found “enough evidence to isolate him” in the Senate trial.
Pelosi will meet on Tuesday with Democratic lawmakers to prepare for a formal law-imposed vote to refer Trump’s impeachment to the Senate.
The trial is expected to be held quickly in the Senate, where Republicans have a majority to clear Trump of two charges of abuse of power and obstructing the work of Congress.
Since the House of Representatives decision to dismiss Trump on December 18, Pelosi has not handed over the two accusations to Trump by putting pressure on Ukraine to open an investigation against Joe Biden, the most likely Democrat candidate to confront him in the upcoming presidential election, and also obstructing the investigation in Congress.
Pelosi had hoped to press the Republican majority in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, to allow witnesses and present new evidence at the trial, but he did not bow.
On Sunday, the Speaker of the House of Representatives confirmed that the delay in referring the two indictments achieved important results, and she said, “We wanted the people to realize the necessity (appearance) of witnesses.”
“The ball is now in their court,” Pelosi said. “Either they do it (call the witnesses) or they pay the price for not doing it.”
Pelosi confirmed that new emails supporting the two accusations against Trump emerged in the period after the House of Representatives decision to dismiss Trump, and former US National Security Adviser John Bolton expressed his willingness to testify if summoned.
– “There will be no bargaining.”
And “did not rule out” that the House of Representatives call Bolton in the event that the Senate did not call him.
And Friday, Trump hinted in an interview with Fox News of the US that he would use his presidential powers to prevent Bolton’s appearance.
But McConnell recently declared clearly that the Republican Party has enough votes to not respond to Democrats’ demands on the subject of witnesses and the presentation of new evidence.
Trump, in turn, said he expected the Senate to clear him quickly and his trial to end as soon as possible.
“Why should the stigma of isolation be affixed to me while I did not do anything wrong,” he asked in Sunday’s tweet, adding that this was “unfair to tens of millions of voters.”
Trump again called for the head of the investigation committee, Adam Schiff, to be summoned as a witness, calling for Pelosi to be called to testify.
The trial comes at a critical time with the escalation of the presidential election fever this year.
The Democratic Party will hold its first preliminary vote in Iowa on February 3.
Candidate Senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Claubechar, Corey Booker and Mike Bennett were asked to be members of the jury at the trial, which could affect their campaigns.
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