A poll released on Friday, Jan. 3, showed that a majority of Americans believe House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) should send the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate.

A Harvard CAPS/Harris survey indicated that 58 percent of Americans said that Pelosi should transmit the articles for a Senate trial, compared to 42 percent that said she should hold up the articles in the House, according to the Hill.

The Democrat-controlled House voted last month to impeach President Trump on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress pertaining to his dealings with Ukraine. Pelosi has held onto them in an effort to extract favorable terms for a trial in the Senate. 

Mark Penn, the Harvard CAPS/Harris polling director, said Democrats’ tactics of delaying the impeachment trial could impact voters in the general election. 

“It’s clear from the polling that impeachment gridlock won’t sit well with the voters,” Penn told the Hill. “Win or lose they want it to move forward and overwhelmingly think [former President] Clinton rules should apply.”

President Donald Trump honors Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) during the federal judicial confirmation milestones event, on Nov. 6, 2019, in the East Room of the White House. (Shealah Craighead/White House Photo)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Friday rejected Pelosi’s efforts to influence a pending impeachment trial as “fantasy,” reported Fox News. 

“Their turn is over. They’ve done enough damage. It’s the Senate’s turn now to render sober judgment,” McConnell said on the Senate floor.

Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) defended his party’s efforts to seek testimony from top Trump administration officials and documents.

“Never, never in the history of our country has there been an impeachment trial in which the Senate was denied the ability to hear from witnesses, yet the Republican leader seems intent on violating that precedent and denying critical evidence to this body and to the American people,” Schumer said.

In a series of tweets, McConnell restated his statement, stressing that the chamber cannot hold a trial unless and until the House send the two articles of impeachment.

McConnell has argued that the impeachment trial in Senate should mirror that of former President Bill Clinton’s in 1999, noting that he wanted two resolutions—the first would lay out the rules for the proceeding while the second would determine which, if any, witnesses are called to testify.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) said that he plans to introduce a measure next week to dismiss the Democrats'”bogus impeachment.”

“This will expose Dems’ circus for what it is: a fake impeachment, abuse of the Constitution, based on no evidence. If Dems won’t proceed with trial, bogus articles should be dismissed and @realDonaldTrump fully cleared,” he tweeted Thursday.