Pelosi: Americans want 'fair trial' on Trump impeachment




  • In World
  • 2020-01-12 15:31:04Z
  • By Associated Press
Pelosi: Americans want \
Pelosi: Americans want \'fair trial\' on Trump impeachment  

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that senators will "pay a price" if they block new witnesses from testifying in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. She said Americans expect a fair trial.

Pelosi, D-Calif., said the House plans to vote this week to transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate for the historic trial on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress over Trump's actions toward Ukraine. It will be only the third impeachment trial in American history.

"It's about a fair trial," Pelosi told ABC's "'This Week." "They take an oath to have a fair trial and we think that should be with witnesses and documents."

She warned: "Do that or pay a price."

But a leading Republican had already dismissed Pelosi's tactics, saying the delay would have no effect on the expected outcome - acquittal by the GOP-controlled Senate.

"The Senate should not reward this behavior by the House. The Senate should end this trial as quickly as possible. That's what I intend to do. He will be acquitted. I hope and pray every Republican will reject what Nancy Pelosi did, and we'll pick up a few Democrats,'' said GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He predicted in a Fox News Channel interview on Saturday that the trial would end "in a matter of days.''

Right before Pelosi was set to appear for the Sunday interview, Trump tweeted against Pelosi, calling her a derisive nickname, "Crazy Nancy.''

Asked about Trump's tweet, Pelosi said, "Every knock from him is a boost."

The Democratic-run House is set to vote this week to send the articles of impeachment to the Republican-controlled Senate after Pelosi ended a more than three-week delay.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is seeking a speedy trial to acquit the president.

McConnell is reluctant to call more witnesses and has proposed a process similar to the last impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton in 1999 that would start the proceedings and then vote later on hearing new testimony.

Pelosi said senators need to consider new witnesses, including former national security adviser John Bolton, who has said he would be willing to testify.

Democrats are trying to put pressure on senators, particularly those up for reelection in 2020, to consider new testimony.

She defended her decision to delay sending the articles of impeachment against the president saying it produced new potential evidence and turned public attention on the upcoming trial.

The House voted more than three weeks ago to impeach Trump on charges that he abused his power by pressuring the president of Ukraine to investigate Democrats, specifically Trump political rival Joe Biden. Trump was also charged with obstruction of Congress for trying to block the House investigation.

COMMENTS

More Related News

Former Donald Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale hospitalized after threatening to harm himself, Florida police say
Former Donald Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale hospitalized after threatening to harm himself, Florida police say

Police arrived at Parscale's home in Fort Lauderdale after his wife called saying he was threatening suicide and had firearms, according to reports.

Former Trump campaign manager hospitalized after threatening self-harm: ABC News
Former Trump campaign manager hospitalized after threatening self-harm: ABC News
  • US
  • 2020-09-28 02:38:12Z

Bradley Parscale, the former campaign manager for President Donald Trump's re-election campaign, was hospitalized Sunday after his wife told police he was threatening to harm himself, ABC News reported. The Fort Lauderdale, Florida, police department confirmed in a statement that a man identified as Parscale was detained after they received a report from his wife. On the scene, police spoke with Parscale's wife, who advised them her husband "was armed, had access to multiple firearms inside the residence and was threatening to harm himself," the statement said.

5 takeaways from NY Times report on Trump
5 takeaways from NY Times report on Trump's tax returns

A New York Times report that President Donald Trump paid just $750 in federal income tax the year he entered the White House - and, thanks to colossal losses, no income tax at all in 11 of the 18 years that the Times reviewed - served to raise doubts about Trump's self-image as a shrewd and successful businessman. The Times' report deepens the uncertainty surrounding a tumultuous presidential campaign set against the backdrop of a viral pandemic, racial unrest in American cities and a ferocious battle over the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Since entering the White House, Trump has broken with tradition set by his predecessors by not only...

Trump frequently paid no federal income taxes in years leading up to presidency - New York Times
Trump frequently paid no federal income taxes in years leading up to presidency - New York Times

President Donald Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes in both 2016 and 2017, after years of reporting heavy losses from his business enterprises to offset hundreds of millions of dollars in income, the New York Times reported on Sunday, citing tax-return data. In a report that Trump dismissed as "fake news," the Times said the Republican president also paid no federal income taxes in 10 of the previous 15 years through 2017, despite receiving $427.4 million through 2018 from his reality television program and other endorsement and licensing deals. The disclosure of previously private tax information came little more than a month before the Nov. 3 election between Trump and...

NY Times: Trump paid $750 in US income taxes in 2016, 2017
NY Times: Trump paid $750 in US income taxes in 2016, 2017

President Donald Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes the year he ran for president and in his first year in the White House, according to a report Sunday in The New York Times. Trump, who has fiercely guarded his tax filings and is the only president in modern times not to make them public, paid no federal income taxes in 10 of the past 15 years. The details of the tax filings complicate Trump's description of himself as a shrewd and patriotic businessman, revealing instead a series of financial losses and income from abroad that could come into conflict with his responsibilities as president.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: World