House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has signaled she will send the two articles of impeachment to the Senate soon as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) supports a measure to change his chamber’s rules to dismiss impeachment without articles.
In a press briefing at the Capitol on Thursday, Jan. 9, Pelosi said she is not holding the articles “indefinitely.”
“I’ll send them over when I’m ready, and that will probably be soon,” Pelosi said.
However, the speaker said that she still wants more details on the parameters of an impeachment trial from McConnell before transmitting the articles, which were passed by the House in Dec. 18, 2019, charging President Donald Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
“We need to see the arena in which we are sending our managers,” Pelosi said. “It doesn’t mean we have to agree to the rules, or we have to like the rules. We just want to know what they are.”
Pelosi signaled the next phase of impeachment after McConnell said earlier on Thursday, “The Senate will move forward next week with the business of our people” if Pelosi does not send over the articles soon and, We will operate on the assumption that House Democrats are too embarrassed to ever move forward.”
According to Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), McConnell has signed on as a co-sponsor to the resolution to change the Senate’s rules to allow lawmakers to dismiss the articles before the House sends them over.
The resolution, which Hawley introduced earlier this week, proposed that the House would have 25 days to send the articles over to the Senate. After that, a senator could offer a motion to dismiss with prejudice for failure by the House to prosecute such articles with a simple majority vote.
Changing the rules would either require a two-thirds vote or for Republicans to deploy the “nuclear” option.
Includes reporting from The Hill