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Pelosi says McConnell looks for 'cover-up' of Trump impeachment

Ros Krasny and Billy House, Bloomberg News on

Published in Political News

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said it was "unusual" for her counterpart in the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, to back a resolution aimed at dismissing the impeachment case against President Donald Trump.

"Dismissing is a cover-up," Pelosi said Sunday on ABC's "This Week."

McConnell on Friday was the 13th co-sponsor of a resolution by Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri to alter Senate rules and dismiss Trump's impeachment if Pelosi didn't send over the impeachment articles within a specified time.

Get ready

The California Democrat on Friday told House Democrats to prepare for sending the articles of impeachment against Trump to the Senate next week, ending a three-week standoff with McConnell over the terms of the trial. She told ABC she would be "consulting" with her members on Tuesday morning.

Pelosi won no concessions from McConnell, who said he was prepared to set out Senate rules for the trial using only Republican votes. He's insisted that the Senate would follow the template for President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial in 1999. That would defer a vote on calling witnesses -- one of the main demands of Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer -- until after the House managers and Trump's lawyers make their cases.

 

Asked if said she had second thoughts about holding onto the articles for three weeks, Pelosi on Sunday said, "No, no, no," adding that the delay "produced a positive result."

Strategy justified

While some Democrats have expressed frustration over Pelosi delaying the trial by withholding the articles of impeachment, the speaker and her closest allies said the emergence of emails among administration officials they consider crucial to the case and former Trump National Security Adviser John Bolton's offer to testify justified the strategy.

The looming prospect of the start of the Senate trial is triggering a new, more serious phase of the battle over witnesses. Shortly after Pelosi's announcement on Friday, Republican Senator Susan Collins said she's talking with her GOP colleagues about agreeing to hear testimony, and Trump vowed to invoke executive privilege to limit Bolton if he appears as a witness.

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