House Delivers Articles Of Impeachment To Senate, 'Trial' To Start Tuesday

Update (1745ET): House Speaker Nancy Pelosi signed two articles of impeachment against Donald Trump on Wednesday shortly before they were delivered to the Senate, where the US president faces trial on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

"So sad, so tragic for our country, that the actions taken by the president to undermine our national security, to violate his oath of office and to jeopardize the security of our elections, has taken us to this place," Pelosi said shortly before using several ceremonial pens to sign the articles.

The articles were ceremonially walked through the US Capitol to the US Senate.

Trump’s impeachment trial will begin Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the chamber’s floor.

On Thursday, the House managers will present the impeachment articles to the full Senate at noon, and Chief Justice John Roberts will swear in the senators at 2 p.m., McConnell said.

Then the Senate will notify the White House of the pending trial and summon Trump to answer the impeachment articles and send his lawyers, he said.

“So the trial will commence in earnest on Tuesday,” McConnell said.

The next step in the process will be a formal reading of the impeachment charges against Trump on the Senate floor by the seven House prosecutors Thursday morning.

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Update: As expected, the House of Representatives officially voted Wednesday to send the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate and approved the House’s impeachment managers.

The vote to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate and approve the impeachment managers was 228-193.

Democratic Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson was the only Democrat to vote nay, breaking with the rest of his party. House Republicans all voted together.

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After waiting four weeks, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the House will finally transmit the two articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate, and that they have chosen seven impeachment managers to prosecute the case during the upcoming trial.

Of note, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) told reporters on Monday that there aren't enough GOP Senators to dismiss the articles of impeachment without a trial. "I think our members generally are not interested in a motion to dismiss. ... Certainly there aren't 51 votes for a motion to dismiss," said Blunt.

The full list of impeachment managers are; Reps. Schiff (CA), Nadler (NY), Demings (FL), Jeffries (NY), Lofgren (CA), Crow (CO) and Garcia (TX).

Schiff oversaw hours of testimony during the initial stages of the investigation as head of the House Intelligence Committee, while Nadler oversaw the constitutional debate which followed.

The announcement comes one day before the House votes on a resolution to send the impeachment articles to the Senate accusing Trump of abusing his office and obstruction of Congress.

When asked by reporters why she rushed to hold a vote, only to wait four weeks to transmit the articles, Pelosi said "we had a strong case for impeachment of the president and removal of the president," adding "Time has been our friend in all of this," noting that Democrats have "uncovered" new evidence during the delay - likely referring to a trove of communications given to the House by former Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas.