Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., meets with reporters following escalation of tensions this week between the U.S. and Iran, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Thursday that she will not rush to deliver two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, passed by the House in December of last year, to the Senate.
"I'll send them over when I'm ready," Pelosi told reporters Thursday, revealing no signs that she planned to end her weeks-long effort to negotiate with the Republican-controlled chamber over the rules of Trump's impeachment trial.
Pelosi faces mounting pressure not only from Republicans, but increasingly from her fellow Democrats, to deliver the articles, which would then permit the Senate to begin preparations for a trial.
The two articles of impeachment against the president stem from a monthslong campaign Trump orchestrated to pressure Ukraine into launching investigations into Trump's domestic political opponents. The pressure tactics allegedly included withholding U.S. military aid to Ukraine. Trump was impeached on charges that he abused the power of the presidency, and obstructed Congress by prohibiting top administration officials from testifying about the Ukraine scheme.
Following the articles' passage in December, Pelosi said she was in no rush to send them to the Senate until McConnell assured her he would conduct what Democrats called "a fair process."
Both Senate and House Democrats have insisted that any trial of the president include testimony from witnesses, something in which Republicans have so far shown no interest.
Pelosi's decision to delay sending the articles was part of a strategy aimed at forcing concessions out of McConnell, chief among them, the ability to call witnesses.
But the effort has so far failed to produce results, and the Senate leader said this week that he would move forward on Trump's impeachment trial without any Democratic support.
It's considered highly unlikely that two-thirds of the Senate will vote to convict and remove Trump from office. No Senate Republicans have said they support impeaching Trump.
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