Trump's fate rests with McConnell in impeachment trial

US House moving to send impeachment to Senate next week

Pelosi will not send impeachment articles to Senate today

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell later meets behind closed doors with GOP senators later Tuesday as they negotiate negotiating terms.

The Senate is considering whether to allow a motion to call additional witnesses.

Since the impeachment process begins in a few days, the senators are still debating the procedural rules.

"I'm happy to join the president's team if that's what the president and that's what Pat Cipollone in the White House counsel's team wants; and if that's what the Senate wants", Jordan told "Fox & Friends".

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi arriving at the Capitol in Washington on Friday.

Democrats want a new testimony, in particular from the former White House security adviser, John Bolton, who has indicated that he will defy Trump's orders and appear when summoned.

"I have concluded that, if the Senate issues a subpoena for my testimony, I am prepared to testify", Bolton said in a statement on January 6.

At the same time, a key centrist GOP Sen.

"I will not be supporting a motion to dismiss", said Republican Senator Mitt Romney.

Senators could be sworn in as soon as Thursday for the impeachment trial, according to CNN, citing Senate aides.

The Democrat-controlled House voted on 18 December to impeach President Trump on articles of abuse of power and obstruction of justice.

She said, "Now the ball is in their court to either do that or pay a price".

Asked about Trump's tweet, Pelosi said, "Every knock from him is a boost". She warned the Republican-led Senate off any idea of simply dismissing the case against Trump.

The 1999 impeachment trial of then-President Bill Clinton lasted five weeks. A fair trial involves witnesses and documents. McConnell has said he is against calling witnesses although he will allow fellow lawmakers to decide that after the initial case is laid out.

It takes just 51 votes during the impeachment trial to approve rules or call witnesses. The whole process will represent a test of Mitch McConnell's parliamentary and megalomaniac-wrangling skills, of Roberts's ability to appear impartial, of Trump's own limited self-control, and of party unity on both sides of the aisle.

"As I've said from the very beginning, I have always believed that the model we used with the Clinton trial 20 years ago worked very well", Collins said Monday. She did not announce a date for the House vote.

"If McConnell succeeds in making this trial a trial without witnesses...."

"She was clearly putting a positive spin on what a lot of Democrats have privately said was a failed strategy", Bade said.

Pelosi said the House will vote to transmit the charges and name the House managers for the case. Yet questions remain in the Senate on the scope, format and duration.

Mr Trump was impeached by the Democratic-led House last month.

If this reporting is accurate, it signals a direction that should make the White House nervous.

Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani has followed theories about the Bidens, but other Republicans are cool to do the job.

Chuck Cooper, an attorney for Bolton, declined to comment.

The impeachment charges stem from Trump's request that Ukraine investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a leading contender for the Democratic nomination to face Trump in the November 3 presidential election. A Ukrainian gas company had hired Hunter Biden when his father was vice president and the Obama administration's point man on Ukraine. No evidence of wrongdoing by the Bidens has emerged.

Some Democrats will be then appointed as impeachment managers in order to prosecute the US President in the Senate.

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