The unified support among Democrats for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's impeachment strategy has cracked, with leading Senate Democrats publicly urging Pelosi to advance the articles of impeachment and signs that her own caucus is losing patience as well.
She said she would consult with House Democrats on how to proceed on Tuesday.
The Senate has been in waiting mode as it can't formally begin its trial until the impeachment articles are transmitted.
But: Once the trial gets started, it will take four Senate Republicans to join all Democrats to allow witnesses such as Bolton to testify.
In a letter to her Democratic colleagues, Pelosi said Friday she was proud of their "courage and patriotism" and warned that senators now have a choice as they consider the charges of abuse and obstruction against the president.
Democrats, fearing the Senate could quickly dismiss charges against Trump, want a guarantee that the trial will include testimony from new witnesses, including former Trump national security adviser John Bolton.
Ms Pelosi's delay in sending the articles of impeachment over for a Senate trial has led to a standoff with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., over what would be the third impeachment trial in the nation's history.
'I'm not withholding them indefinitely.
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"I'll send them over when I'm ready", Pelosi said.
On the other side of the aisle, Pelosi's decision to hold on to the impeachment resolution deeply frustrated Senate Republicans, even those most inclined to hear the Democrats' case.
"We don't have to like the rules". "If we're going to do it, she should send them over", said fellow Californian Dianne Feinstein, whose message was echoed by Sens. "So we'll see where it all goes".
The Democratic-controlled House impeached Mr Trump in December on charges that he abused his power for personal gain by pressuring Ukraine to launch a corruption investigation of Joe Biden, a leading contender for the Democratic nomination to face Trump in November's presidential election. At that precise moment, Pelosi's "Dear Colleague" letter saying she would send the impeachment articles this coming week landed in hundreds of congressional inboxes.
The result was mounting pressure on moderate or vulnerable Republicans to agree to allow new witnesses and other evidence introduced into the Senate trial. "No one is above the law, not even the President".
Leading senators such as Majority Leader McConnell and Lindsey Graham have shared that sentiment.
Bolton shook the capital earlier this week when he said he is prepared to testify at Trump's impeachment trial, should he be subpoenaed to do so.
The impeachment process makes personal contact hard for five senators running for Democratic President nomination, which is vital for candidates before February 3 in Iowa. "I think so", the president said.
"There will be no haggling with the House over Senate procedure", he said on Wednesday. "Let's see where the Senate can take it". This week, Pelosi also pushed through a concurrent resolution to limit the president's ability to call for military action against Iran.