Speaker Pelosi may not send impeachment articles to Senate for trial

Minutes after the House impeached President Donald Trump Wednesday night, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi threw the process into confusion by refusing to say when or whether she would send the articles of impeachment to the Senate for a trial.

At a news conference held immediately after the vote, Pelosi said “we’ll see what happens” when asked if she would send the articles to the Senate. She said that House Democrats could not name impeachment managers — House prosecutors who make the case in a Senate trial — until they know more about how the Senate will conduct a trial.

Pelosi made the comments after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rejected a proposal earlier this week from Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer to call several witnesses. The GOP-led Senate is expected to acquit Trump.

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Asked if she could guarantee she would send the articles, she said “that would have been our intention” but that they will see what the Senate decides.

She said: “We are not having that discussion, we have done what we set out to do.”

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