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Trump, Pelosi spar over impeachment

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Photo shows US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi confronting President Donald Trump at a reportedly explosive White House meeting. In the image, leading Democrat Pelosi is standing up at a large table, surrounded by male Congressional leaders and top military officials, pointing her finger towards the President, who is seated opposite her and appears stunned.

The House’s top Democrat Pelosi has been holding onto the articles of impeachment, forcing a trial in the Senate to delay, in hopes that Republicans would agree to allowing certain witnesses to provide testimony…reports Asian Lite News

WASHINGTON, May 22, 2019 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor presenting ceremony at the White House in Washington D.C., the United States, on May 22, 2019. (Xinhua/Ting Shen/IANS) by .
U.S. President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump traded barbs with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over his impeachment for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress by the Democrat-led House of Representatives last month.

Trump, in a series of tweets on Sunday, denied any wrongdoings, touted the Republican unity in the impeachment votes, and lashed out at Pelosi and other Democrats, reports Xinhua news agency.

“This phony impeachment hoax should not even be allowed to proceed. Did nothing wrong. Just a partisan vote. Zero Republicans. Never happened before,” Trump wrote.

The House’s top Democrat Pelosi has been holding onto the articles of impeachment, forcing a trial in the Senate to delay, in hopes that Republicans would agree to allowing certain witnesses to provide testimony.

However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has said he wants to the trial begin first before dealing with potential witnesses, has garnered enough votes to move forward with it without a need to respond to Democrats’ proposals.

Pelosi, who has announced a plan releasing the articles of impeachment to the Senate, defended her tactic in an interview with ABC News on Sunday.

“We feel that it has produced a very positive result,” Pelosi said. “We wanted the public to see the need for witnesses.”

The California Democrat also warned the Senate, where Republicans have a narrow majority, against dismissing the impeachment case.

“The President is impeached for life, regardless of any gamesmanship on the part of Mitch McConnell,” she said.

“There is nothing the Senate can do to ever erase that.”

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2019 (Xinhua) -- U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., the United States, on Feb. 14, 2019. U.S. President Donald Trump is prepared to sign a bipartisan bill on spending and border security to avert another government shutdown, but also declare a national emergency to obtain funds for his long-promised border wall, the White House said Thursday. Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the House, said her party is "reviewing our options" in responding to the anticipated emergency declaration. (Xinhua/Ting Shen/IANS) by .
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

In an anonymous complaint last year, a whistleblower raised concerns about the White House’s interactions with Ukraine, triggering a Democrat-led impeachment inquiry against Trump.

The President was alleged to have pressed his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, into launching investigations that could politically benefit him. Furthermore, the White House allegedly tried to cover it up.

According to the nation’s Constitution, the House has the sole power of impeachment, while the Senate can try all impeachments.

Conviction can only happen in the Senate and requires at least two-thirds of its members, or 67 senators, to vote in favor after a trial. Currently, the Senate has 53 Republicans, 45 Democrats and two Independents.

The timeline for the Senate trial mostly depends on the House’s actions next week.

Senators could be sworn in as soon as Thursday for the impeachment trial, according to CNN, citing Senate aides.

But the trial, with arguments on the floor, probably won’t begin until days after that.

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