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Some democrats ask Pelosi to let trial begin: impeachment update

‘My expectation is that we’ll be able to start this trial next week,’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will hold her weekly news conference Thursday amid the standoff over sending the impeachment charges against President Donald Trump to the Senate.

Here are the latest developments:

Some Democrats Ask Pelosi to Let Trial Begin (6 a.m.)

Several Democratic senators are pressuring Pelosi to transmit the impeachment articles and let the Senate trial begin, and one said the trial could start next week.

“If we’re going to do it, she should send them over. I don’t see what good delay does,” said Senator Dianne Feinstein, Pelosi’s fellow San Franciscan.

Pelosi said she is holding back the articles of impeachment adopted by the House last month until Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sets out his rules for the trial. But Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut suggested the House has little leverage in the matter.

“My expectation is that we’ll be able to start this trial next week,” Murphy said. “The leverage over Republicans exists in the votes we take inside the trial.”

Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia also said it’s time to send the articles to the Senate.

“Now that we have John Bolton saying he wants to testify, she’s accomplished something” by withholding the documents until now, Manchin said. Bolton, Trump’s former national security adviser, said Monday he would testify if subpoenaed by the Senate.

McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, dismissed Pelosi’s attempt to negotiate the terms of trial. “We will not cede our authority to try this impeachment,” he said.

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