Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke out about newly-released documents linking President Donald Trump directly to his attorney Rudy Giuliani's political digging in Ukraine, saying they highlighted the need for witness testimony at the impeachment trial.
Later Wednesday, the House managers were to walk the articles across the Capitol to the Senate in a dramatic procession.
"The President and the Senators will be held accountable", Pelosi said in a statement.
On Wednesday (January 15), the House sent two articles of impeachment to the US Senate.
Former prosecutor and current chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, was selected to lead the team of Democratic lawmakers that would fill the roles of prosecutors in the public trial. Jerry Nadler (NY) will act as Schiff's second in command. Pelosi is joined by, from right, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.
"If for some reason there were a move to have witnesses in the Senate, then other witnesses for our side are not at all off the table, because the objective of a trial usually and procedures in a trial is to protect the rights of the accused", the official said. The resolution does not call for a vote to immediately dismiss the articles of impeachment, which is an idea President Trump has previously expressed interest in.
"The House of Representatives have accused the president of trying to shake down a foreign leader for personal gain".
The following six Democrats were also named as impeachment managers: Rep.
The president is also charged with obstruction for holding back witnesses and documents from the House impeachment investigation in defiance of Congressional subpoenas.
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Democrats said the delay allowed new evidence to emerge through government records requests - and now, the material provided by Parnas.
McConnell is hesitant to call new witnesses who would prolong the trial and put vulnerable senators who are up for reelection in 2020 in a bind with tough choices.
"And we're happy now that we're going to have a chance to vindicate the president and get this process behind the country so that the American people can move on and stop having time wasted by House Democrats with their obsession to try and attack the president".
"There is little or no sentiment in the Republican conference for a motion to dismiss", McConnell said.
One of the most contentious issues that has yet to be resolved is whether to have witnesses in the Senate trial.
McConnell said Tuesday. "Our members feel we have an obligation to listen to the arguments".
His Republican Party holds a 53-47 majority in the chamber, and conviction requires a two-thirds majority, meaning if all Democrats voted to convict, then 20 Republicans would have to also vote that way for Trump to be convicted and removed from office.
Joe Biden, whose son served on the board of a Ukrainian gas company, is a leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination to face Trump in the 3 November election.
Perhaps most hard of all, senators will be separated from their cellphones while in the chamber, and have to check them in their cloakrooms.