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Democrats delay sending the ‘impeachment’ to the Senate because of doubts about the management of the political trial

December 19, 2019
Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi – Stefani Reynolds


The head of the House of Representatives of the United States, Nancy Pelosi, has been reluctant to formalize the sending to the Senate of the articles of the 'impeachment' against the president, Donald Trump, for understanding that “for now” there are no guarantees that there is going to be a fair trial.

“For now we have not seen anything that seems fair to us,” said Pelosi after the full House of Representatives endorsed Wednesday the start of a political trial against Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Although the Lower House has adopted both articles, it must pass a second resolution in which it will designate the legislators responsible for presenting the case before the Senate, the body where the trial will take place. This second vote is the one that implies that the ball passes definitively to the roof of the Upper House.

Pelosi has avoided establishing a precise calendar, although Democratic sources cited by the Politico news portal have considered it “very unlikely” that there will be any kind of progress until at least early January.

In this way, they would try to pressure the majority leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, to accept procedures that they consider less favorable to Trump, after the Republicans have openly acknowledged that there is coordination with the White House.

Trump himself has mentioned on Thursday on Twitter the apparent reluctance of Pelosi, defending that “it is the decision of the Senate” the way forward from now on. “If the Democrats decide, in their great wisdom, not to appear, they would lose by omission,” he warned.

Trump, who feels he is a victim of “the greatest witch hunt in history” in the United States, has stressed that the process is progressing without any division among the Republican Party congressmen. “Republicans are more united than ever,” he proclaimed.

McConnell plans to talk in the next few days with the leader of the Senate Democratic Party, Chuck Schumer, to negotiate the organization of the political trial. Among the issues still to be clarified is the possible citation of witnesses during the hearings.