Pressure on Pelosi to send Trump impeachment to Senate as Schumer, McConnell, trade barbs over next steps

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hasn't indicated when she will send the latest article of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate even as House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, her chief deputy, publicly advocates that the article be sent "as soon as possible."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hasn't indicated when she will send the latest article of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate even as House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, her chief deputy, publicly advocates that the article be sent "as soon as possible."

Pelosi, when asked Wednesday whether she would send the impeachment article to the Senate on that same day, responded that "I will not be making that announcement right now."

That was a break from Hoyer, D-Md., who asked if he knew when Pelosi would send the article said: "The speaker's talking to Mr. Schumer and will determine that, but I'm personally urging them to send it over as soon as possible."

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Pelosi, in a ceremony with impeachment managers where she signed the article of impeachment that accuses the president of inciting an insurrection, did not say anything about the timing of when she would send the article to the Senate.

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., are publicly quibbling about whether or not the Senate should be immediately brought back to start an impeachment trial before President-elect Biden takes office on Jan. 20.

McConnell's office said Wednesday that he would not invoke a 2004 resolution that had been pushed by Democrats as giving him and Schumer joint power to reconvene the Senate, without unanimous consent, for what would essentially be an emergency session. Schumer was exploring the possibility that he could get McConnell to invoke the resolution with him earlier this week.

Instead, McConnell said in a statement: "I believe it will best serve our nation if Congress and the executive branch spend the next seven days completely focused on facilitating a safe inauguration and an orderly transfer of power to the incoming Biden administration."

The result of the indecision among some of the most powerful leaders in Congress is an unclear path…
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