In the midst of the international political crisis that goes through the government of US President Donald Trump, the leader of the Democrats in Congress, Nancy Pelosi, gave the green light to send to the Senate the accusation against the president, an essential step for the opening of the political trial, when requesting a vote "next week".
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"I have asked the president of the Judiciary Committee (of the Lower House), Jerry Nadler, to be prepared to bring to the chamber next week a resolution to designate the chiefs (of the political trial) and transmit the political charges to the Senate," he said
Pelosi in a letter addressed to the Democrats, published this day by the media.
Pelosi waited more than three weeks before beginning the accusation in the Senate, key for the trial to begin. The expectation is to be held at the end of this month.
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On December 18, the Lower House, dominated by the progressives, approved the political charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress against Trump for having pressured Ukraine to investigate his political rival and former vice president Joe Biden, current pre-candidate of the Democrats to the presidential elections of November this year.
The political trial, whose date has not yet been set, has to be held in the Senate, a Republican majority, but cannot begin until the Lower House names the so-called managers of impeachment in English, which are the members of this chamber that they will act as prosecutors in the dismissal process.
The next procedure after the designation of the "heads of the political trial" is that
Pelosi formally submit the charges to the Senate. Until now, the president of the lower house has delayed the delivery of political accusations against Trump, on the grounds that she needed to know the rules that will govern the political trial, which the Senate should establish.
The Democrats want the senators, who will act as jurors in the impeachment process, to hear the testimony of new witnesses in the case so that the political trial is fair.
The leader (Mitch) McConnell does not want to present witnesses or documents to the senators and the American people so that they can make an independent judgment on the actions of the president
"The American people have clearly expressed their vision that we should have a fair (political) trial with witnesses and documents, with more than 70% of the public declaring that the president should let his main assistants testify," Pelosi said in the letter , in reference to the veto of the White House to which Administration officials testify, as happened during the political trial investigation.
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In that regard, he said: "The leader (Mitch) McConnell does not want to present witnesses or documents to the senators and the American people so that they can make an independent judgment on the actions of the president."
On Tuesday, McConnell, leader of the Republicans in the Upper House, said his party had the necessary votes to pass a resolution to set the rules that will govern the political trial, which could be similar to those during the process against the former president. Bill Clinton (1993-2001).
The case against Trump, which has the prospect of ending a favorable outcome for him in the Senate by the Republican majority in this House, was triggered by a complaint from an intelligence informant in the country, following a phone call in July from the President with his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodímir Zelenski, in which he pressured him to investigate Biden and his son Hunter.