Trump goes after Democrats over impeachment

Ms Pelosi has held on to the articles in a standoff with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Ms Pelosi has held on to the articles in a standoff with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

US President Donald Trump on Saturday slammed Democrats over his impeachment by the House of Representatives and a delayed trial in the Republican-controlled Senate.

Collins declined to say if the small group she's in talks with is as many as four senators, the number needed to compel testimony: "I am not going to answer that question".

"It's just to try and smear this president because they know they can't beat him at the ballot box", White House spokesman Hogan Gidley told Fox News.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell supported simply dismissing impeachment charges against President Trump. A decision on testimony, which created a partisan split, came later.

Earlier in the week, McConnell announced that Senate Republicans had sufficient votes to agree to "phase one" of a trial without having to accept Democrats' demands on the process. The Democrats' overall credibility on impeachment is also limited because members of the party has been calling for the impeachment of President Trump since the day he was elected; their strategy mirrors that of the boy who cried wolf.

The White House is also preparing its defense of the President, including pressure for the Senate to include the option to promptly dismiss charges against the President in the rules for the resolution to remove the Senate, a motion that would require 51 votes and would put end of trial. Susan Collins of ME, whose vote is among those most watched, announced Friday she was in discussions with other Republicans on a strategy that would allow the Senate to hear new testimony.

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"My position is that a vote should be taken on whether to call witnesses or not", said Collins. "And the Senate trial, I assume, will start next week", Cuellar said.

But at least one Republican up for reelection, Sen. "So, again, it is - it's about a fair trial".

"Yes, I am", Alexander said when asked if he's open to witnesses.

McConnell said Monday Pelosi's effort to carry on the investigation in the Senate, she is admitting their case is weak. They take an oath to have a fair trial. And vulnerable Republicans could still face such a vote if a Democrat calls for a dismissal at any time during the trial.

House Democrats, who did not issue a summons to Bolton previous year, do not rule this out. A Senate trial is expected to begin within the next few weeks. "Over 70 percent of the American people think that the president should have those witnesses testify", Pelosi claimed. "He's only said he will appear before a Senate subpoena". We have - we got a secure border, reduced the drug prices.

For example, Fiona Hill, a British-born former White House expert on Russian Federation policy, explained in stark detail how Bolton called efforts towards the Kyiv government by Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and others a "drug deal" in which he wanted no part.

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"It's not unusual to have a witness in a trial". "The House managers have only asked for three witnesses. But she will go down as, I think maybe the worst speaker in the history of our country".

The House managers will lay out their case against Mr Trump, and the president's legal team will respond.

Yet there are clear differences between the Clinton experience and the case ensnaring Trump. Among independents, more disapprove of the impeachment (48%) than approve (39%).

Trump's actions toward Ukraine, by contrast, have not been investigated outside the political process.

After a long delay, the House Democrats are finally sending the Articles of Impeachment against Donald Trump to the Senate next week, where the future of the president will be determined.

The House will vote to formally transmit the charges against Trump to the Senate, according to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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"We are in court on the witnesses".

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