The long holdout by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is over as she has named House managers, and will send the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate. This is setting the stage for a trial next week; plus, more of today’s top headlines in conservative politics.
House sends articles of impeachment to the Senate
Four weeks after the House of Representatives approved two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, the month-long withholding of the articles by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has come to an end, as the articles of impeachment will be physically delivered, walked over to the Senate by House Managers.
Speaker Pelosi held a news conference at 10 AM ET in which she announced the list of House Democrats who will serve as impeachment managers.
Pelosi named Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Jason Crow (D-CO), Val Demings (D-FL), and Sylvia Garcia (D-TX) as managers.
Later in the day on Wednesday, the House will vote on the resolution naming the managers to formalize their appointment and on sending the articles to the Senate, all of which are expected to pass.
Senate impeachment trial: What happens next?
Chief Justice John Roberts will be sworn in to preside over the Senate trial and senator sworn in as jurors. The swearing-in oaths could occur as soon as tomorrow.
The trial is expected to begin on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.
McConnell says impeachment trial could begin next Tuesday, warns Democrats about witnesses
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced that the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump in the Senate could begin next Tuesday.
“We will be able to go through some preliminary steps this week,” McConnell told reporters, “which would give us the ability to start the actual trial next Tuesday.”
McConnell also shot down the idea that the articles of impeachment would be dismissed without a trial.
“There is little or no sentiment for a motion to dismiss,” McConnell told reporters.
McConnell set the question of witnesses will be dealt with “at the appropriate time” and warned Democrats that “both sides will call witnesses they want to hear from.”
US and China will sign trade deal easing tensions
The United States and China have agreed to sign a trade agreement, which will suspend any new tariffs by the US in exchange for China purchasing $200 billion worth of American goods and services over the next two years.
Trump administration to release over $8 billion in disaster relief to Puerto Rico
The Trump administration has ended a month-long hold of over $8 billion in disaster relief that had been appropriated for Puerto Rico by Congress, a senior Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) official has confirmed.
HUD had been authorized to administer nearly $20 billion in hurricane relief efforts to Puerto Rico through its Community Development Block Grant, But so far, the island has only received $1.5 billion toward relief from the 2017 hurricanes.
“Now that a full financial monitoring team is assembled and active, we can move forward with confidence that these disaster recovery funds will reach those who need them the most,” a HUD official told Politico.