Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced her intent to transmit the Articles of Impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate next week, according to a press release released Friday.
In her Dear Colleague’s letter Pelosi explains that “Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has been engaged in tactics of delay in presenting transparency, disregard for the American people’s interest for a fair trial and dismissal of the facts.”
The Speaker goes on to say that while the House did obtain compelling evidence that President Trump committed Impeachable offenses regarding his pressuring Ukraine to announce a public investigation into political rival former Vice President Joe Biden, and that is enough for removal, there is now new evidence that has emerged.
She goes on to explain that she has asked the House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) to be “prepared to bring to the Floor next week a resolution to appoint managers and transmit articles of impeachment to the Senate. I will be consulting with you at our Tuesday House Democratic Caucus meeting on how we proceed further.”
She concludes her letter by writing:
In an impeachment trial, every Senator takes an oath to “do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws.” Every Senator now faces a choice: to be loyal to the President or the Constitution.Speaker.gov.
No one is above the law, not even the President.
Pelosi followed up her letter tweeting:
By joining a resolution to dismiss, Sen. McConnell showed his true colors. Americans have now seen what is at stake in a fair trial with witnesses & evidence, and new evidence has emerged. Every Senator will have to vote: is their loyalty is to the President or the Constitution?— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 10, 2020
CNN is reporting that with Pelosi’s letter “the Senate impeachment trial could begin as soon as next week. The House needs to pass a resolution naming impeachment managers before the articles are formally sent to the Senate, and the Senate will also have to take procedural steps before the trial gets underway.”