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The tug of war continues between Republicans and Democrats around the calendar and the terms in which the political trial will pass to the President of the United States, Donald Trump. The majority leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, said Republicans did not rule out hearing witnesses in the 'impeachment', one of the most conflicting points.
The climate of tension between the two banks intensifies after the House of Representatives, led by the Democrats, gave the green light – last week – to initiate a political trial in the Senate against the US president. McConnell alleged that the conservatives had not rejected new witnesses – as the progressives ask – but that they would leave the decision until after the trial began.RELATED
Allowing new testimonies, particularly from officials and former officials of the administration, could prolong the trial and bring new evidence that harms the Republican leader. "We have not ruled out witnesses," McConnell said in an interview with "Fox & Friends," adding that they will handle the case as they did with President Bill Clinton in 1999. "It is fair," he said.
In addition, the lack of agreement on the terms in which the 'impeachment' process will take place leaves the exact date suspended, but possibly will be held in January. McConnell lashed out at the progressives and accused them of maintaining an "absurd" stance, for which "we remain in a stalemate in this logistics," said the Senate leader, who also attacked his counterpart in the Lower House, Nancy Pelosi, for not having formally handed over to the Senate the charges against Trump to start the political trial.
Pelosi said he is not clear when he will formally hand over the allegations to Trump, claiming that Republicans have not offered guarantees of a fair political trial in the Senate for the opposition.
"The House (Baja) cannot elect our bosses of the 'impeachment' until we know what kind of trial the Senate will conduct. President Trump blocked his own witnesses and documents before the House and the American people, with false complaints about the process in the Chamber. What is the pretext now? "Pelosi asked on Twitter.
The House cannot choose our impeachment managers until we know what sort of trial the Senate will conduct.
President Trump blocked his own witnesses and documents from the House, and from the American people, on phony complaints about the House process. What is his excuse now?
– Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) December 23, 2019
"Apparently she thinks she can tell us how to carry out the political trial," McConnell said Monday in statements to the television show. Pelosi retained the documents in an attempt to pressure Senate Republicans to reach an agreement with Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer on the rules of the trial.
The leader of the Democratic minority in the Senate asks for a series of documents for the political trial
Schumer requested four witnesses for the trial, since the White House prevented the four, including the Acting Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney, and former National Security Advisor John Bolton, testifying during hearings in the Lower House in December . He also urged his Senate colleagues to request the relevant documents from the Trump Administration.
“It is difficult to imagine that a trial has no documents or witnesses. If you don't have them, it will seem, for most Americans, that it is a false trial, an exhibition trial, ”Schumer told a news conference in New York.
The leader of the Democratic minority sent a letter to his 99 fellow senators alleging that denying the Senate those documents "would turn a blind eye to the facts" by which the president is accused. Examples Schumer listed of potentially important documents were the records between Trump and the President of Ukraine related to the "programming, preparation and monitoring" of his telephone calls from April 21 and July 25.
And he also listed email communications related to "several occasions" in which National Security Council officials "reported concerns about the decision to delay" almost 400 million in US security assistance to Ukraine.
There is little chance that Trump will be convicted and removed from office through a Senate trial, since it is the Republicans who lead the House, Republicans have a majority of 53 seats, where 51 votes are needed to pass a set of rules . But the process of political trial could resonate at the polls next November.
Trump is accused of abuse of power – by pressing Ukraine to carry out an investigation against his political rival, former vice president Joe Biden and his son, for political purposes in the face of the 2020 elections – and to obstruct Congress's investigation .
Nancy Pelosi, who has already lost the House & Speakership once, & is about to lose it again, is doing everything she can to delay the zero Republican vote Articles of Impeachment. She is trying to take over the Senate, & Cryin ’Chuck is trying to take over the trial. No way!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2019
For his part, the president accused the Democrats of delaying tactics and urged a quick conclusion of the process opened against him. "What right does Nancy's madwoman have to delay this trial in the Senate? None! She has a bad case and would rather not have a negative decision. This witch hunt must end NOW with a Senate trial, or let her fail to comply. and lose". You should not waste more time on this accusation scam! ”Trump wrote on his Twitter account.
With Reuters and EFE