The House of Representatives of the United States sent to the Senate on Wednesday the two charges against President Donald Trump and chose who the prosecutors will be on that part in the third political trial in the country's history.
With this step the process passes from the lower house, of a democratic majority, to the Senate, dominated by the Republicans, where Trump expects to be acquitted.
The vote was from 228 to 193, at the beginning of an election year and one month after the deputies approved the charges. Trump is accused of abuse of power for pressuring Ukraine, withholding military aid approved by Congress, to investigate his Democratic rival Joe Biden. He is also accused of obstructing parliamentary investigation.RELATED
Here we go again, another Con Job by the Do Nothing Democrats. All of this work was supposed to be done by the House, not the Senate!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 15, 2020
"We are here to cross a very important threshold in American history," said chamber president Democrat Nancy Pelosi before voting. “This is the essence of political judgment. The president violated his oath, undermined our national security and jeopardized the integrity of our elections, ”he said.
Trump was outraged at the opposition offensive. "One more scam of useless Democrats," he tweeted.
The seven-member prosecutors team will be headed by two lawmakers who led the investigation that led to the political trial: the Democrats Adam Schiff, president of the Intelligence Commission, and Jerry Nadler, president of the Legal Affairs Committee.
Before Wednesday’s session, Schiff unveiled new documents from Lev Parnas, Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, on the strategy in Ukraine, including an exchange of messages with a third man who was apparently watching the ambassador Maria Yovanovitch, then dismissed.
Schiff said the new evidence will mean more pressure for the majority leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, who is reluctant to allow witness statements. "If McConnell makes this trial the first in history without witnesses, it will be bare what it is: an attempt to cover up the president," Schiff said.
The start of the trial is scheduled for Thursday. McConnell has already advanced his position. “This is not really about the measures with Ukraine or the military funds. This has been partisanship since the beginning, ”he said.
Trump's political trial is against the background of a nation deeply divided into a key election year.
Washington. AP, AFP and EFE
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