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Pelosi to refer Trump removal items to Senate “next week”

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Friday that she intends to send President Donald Trump’s impeachment materials to the Senate next week, ending a crisis with Republicans over the president’s trial procedures.

“I asked the head of the Judicial Committee, Jerry Nadler, to be ready to send to the House next week a decision to appoint directors and to refer the two dismissals to the Senate,” she said in a letter to a Democratic Party bloc meeting.

“I will consult with you at the meeting of our party bloc in the House of Representatives on Tuesday on ways to move forward,” she added.

Pelosi has refrained from sending the two dismissals since the House of Representatives voted to isolate Trump on December 18, accusing him of using influence by exerting pressure on Ukraine to investigate his potential rival in the 2020 Joe Biden election, and obstructing a subsequent investigation in this matter in Congress.

The Democratic leader in Congress had hoped that the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, would provide assurances about what she described as a “fair” trial in which Democrats could call witnesses and obtain the necessary official documents.

But McConnell, the skilled strategist as Pelosi, refused to respond and announced Tuesday that he had the Republican votes needed to conduct a trial without the need to comply with the demands of the Democrats.

For weeks Pelosi has left Democrats and Republicans wondering how and when her next step will be.

The Democrats said that the delay in referring the indictment allowed for the emergence of new information before the trial, including the announcement of former National Security Adviser John Bolton on Monday that he was ready to appear before the Senate if called.

But as Democrats were considering any new benefit, if any, to delay the trial, Pelosi faced mounting pressure to refer the indictment to the Senate.

“It is clear that (Republican Majority) leader McConnell does not want to provide witnesses and documents to Senators and the American people so that they can make an independent judgment about the president’s behavior,” she said in her message.

“Every senator now has a choice: to be loyal to the president or to the constitution,” she added.

Some Republicans saw Pelosi’s announcement as an indication of its retreat in the tumultuous confrontation with McConnell.

“After a week of strong pressure … Pelosi is bowing,” Republican Senator Josh Holly tweeted.

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