Here’s everything we know about the Senate impeachment trial


Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday announced the seven House Democrats who will act as the "managers" in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

But Pelosi put off submitting the articles of impeachment as House Democrats tried to get Senate leaders to agree to allow testimony from new witnesses during the trial.

"The President and the Senators will be held accountable", Pelosi said in a statement.

We have officially invited the House managers to come to the Senate tomorrow at noon to exhibit their articles of impeachment. They include Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler. The five others are Representatives Hakeem Jeffries of New York, Sylvia Garcia of Texas, Val Demings of Florida, Jason Crow of Colorado and Zoe Lofgren of California.

The trial began in the Senate at noon on Thursday.

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin tells WDTV 5 News he isn't opposed to calling Hunter Biden as a witness in President Trump's impeachment trial. Manchin, however, said if Republicans can show he has direct information related to the impeachment charges brought by the House, he would support hearing his testimony.

The impeachment managers will first make their case and the defense will follow.

Democratic lawmakers accused Trump of obstructing their efforts to look into the alleged offense after the White House withheld documents and blocked witnesses from appearing in Congress.

Democrats will push to hear from witnesses during the trial. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was then due to transfer the items to the Senate, according to ABC News.

However, if the trial doesn't take its predicted quick course and the Democrats succeed in forcing the appearance of witnesses, then the White House "is going to have a right" to call its own witnesses, the official said.

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But the White House is steeling itself for a trial that could present damaging evidence against the United States leader on national television. They were joined by two Republicans, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Kevin Cramer.

McConnell has said that, once the charges are formally submitted to the Senate, he will back a resolution that would set initial rules for the trial but postpone a decision on whether to hear from witnesses.

McConnell, who is negotiating rules for the trial proceedings, said all 53 GOP senators are on board with his plan to start the session and consider the issue of witnesses later.

White House officials on Wednesday played down the idea that the coming Senate impeachment trial could last longer than two weeks - an estimate that's at odds with what even top Senate Republicans believe about how long the trial will last.

However, "fifty-one senators will decide who to call", McConnell acknowledged Tuesday.

"The Senate is on trial as well as the president", Nadler said after being named one of the House impeachment managers.

Pelosi had previously said she would not send articles of impeachment over to the Senate until she was assured that a fair trial would be conducted. The Senate will respond that it is ready to receive them, and a formal procession and reception will take place.

McConnell said Tuesday. "Our members feel we have an obligation to listen to the arguments".

A pivotal event leading to Trump's impeachment was a July 25 call in which he asked Ukraine's president to investigate Biden and his son Hunter Biden for corruption and to probe a discredited theory that Ukraine, not Russian Federation, interfered in the 2016 USA election.