Laura Albinson of Pasadena, Md., displays a message for members of the House as they leave the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday the House will take steps next week to sent articles of impeachment to the Senate for President Donald Trump's Senate trial. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Trump, Pelosi square off ahead of impeachment trial

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By LISA MASCARO

President Donald Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi faced off Sunday ahead of his impeachment trial, as she said senators will “pay a price” for blocking new witnesses and he quickly retorted that she and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff should both testify.

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 presidential impeachment trial in American history and could start this week.

Trump and Pelosi, the two most powerful party leaders in the nation, communicated as often happens in this presidency — with the president responding on Twitter to a television interview.

“It’s about a fair trial,” Pelosi told ABC's “This Week." “We’ve done our job. We have defended the Constitution of the United States. We would hope the Senate would do that as well.”

She warned, "Now the ball is in their court to either do that or pay a price.”

Trump tweeted right before and after Pelosi's appearance, in both instances using derisive nicknames. He said both she and Schiff should appear in the Senate for testimony.

“He must be a Witness, and so should she!” Trump tweeted.

The president rebutted Pelosi’s suggestion that no matter what the Senate does, he will always be impeached. Pelosi said the House vote last month means Trump will be “impeached forever” and “for life.”

“Why should I have the stigma of Impeachment attached to my name when I did NOTHING wrong?” Trump tweeted, calling the House action a “totally partisan Hoax.’”

Voters are divided over impeachment much the way they are split along partisan lines and as the Senate prepares for the landmark trial both parties are trying to set the terms of the debate over high crimes and misdemeanors.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is seeking a speedy trial to acquit the president and is reluctant to seek more witnesses. The GOP leader has proposed a process similar to the last presidential impeachment trial of Bill Clinton in 1999 that would start the proceedings and then vote later on hearing new testimony.

One leading Republican, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, has already predicted that the trial would end ”in a matter of days.''

In a Fox News Channel interview Saturday, Graham dismissed Pelosi's tactics, saying the delay would have no effect on calling new witnesses or the expected outcome — acquittal by the GOP-controlled Senate.

“The Senate should not reward this behavior by the House," said Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. "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.''

Trump was charged with abuse of power for 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.

Trump was delaying nearly $400 million in aide as Ukraine battles Russia on its border while he pushed the country's new president to investigate. Trump follows a conspiracy theory pushed by his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani about Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, who served on the board of a gas company there while his father was vice president. Neither is accused formally of any wrongdoing.

Some Republicans want to turn the impeachment trial away from the Democrats' case against Trump and toward Giuliani's theory about Biden.

GOP Sen. Rick Scott of Florida said Sunday he wants to hear from the Bidens ‘’and find out — get to the bottom of that."

McConnell is reluctant to pursue any more witnesses at all, wary of dragging out the Senate trial. He and joined some Republicans in backing a proposal for votes to dismiss the charges against Trump.

But at least one Republican up for reelection, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, said last week she was in talks with GOP colleagues on a process that would allow them to hear more testimony as Democrats want.

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

Once the Republican-led Senate receives the charges, the trial is expected to begin swiftly.

The date is not yet certain and Pelosi will meet behind closed doors with House Democrats to decide next steps on Tuesday morning ahead of the party's presidential primary debate that evening, the last before the Iowa caucus Feb. 3.

While some Democrats have grumbled about the delay, Pelosi and other party leaders defended the strategy, saying it produced new potential evidence and turned public attention on the upcoming trial.

"One of the things that holding on to the articles has succeeded doing is fleshing out McConnell and the president's desire to make this a cover up," Schiff said on CBS' “Face the Nation.”

“If McConnell succeeds in making this trial a trial without witnesses.... That's not a fair trial. That's a sham,” he said.

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

Trump is blocking White House officials from appearing and reiterated last week he does not want his former top security adviser to testify before the Senate.

Bolton is a brash figure and his outspoken comments could cut different ways in testimony. House Democrats, who did not issue a subpoena for Bolton last year, did not rule out doing so now.

"Ït's certainly something that we are considering," Schiff said.

Pelosi also left open the door to filing more articles of impeachment against Trump.

“It’s Sunday morning — let's be optimistic about the future... a future that will not have Donald Trump in the White House, one way or another, 10 months from now we will have an election, if we don’t have him removed sooner,” she said.

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.”

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This impeachment was justified.  But the trial will be the sham.

6 ( +11 / -5 )

Why should I have the stigma of Impeachment attached to my name when I did NOTHING wrong?” 

Whiner in Chief dishing out more lies and his intellectually challenged supporters lapping it up.

“The Senate should not reward this behavior by the House," said Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

If there is crowdfunding for balls transplant on Lindsey, I will contribute.

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“It’s about a fair trial,” Pelosi told

It's probably too late for a fair trial. Trump, McConnell, Rubio, Cruz, Graham etal are doing what they can to make sure Trump's protected. What are Trump and the GOP hiding? I thought Trump said he was the most transparent president. Hmmm

6 ( +9 / -3 )

One leading Republican, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, has already predicted that the trial would end ”in a matter of days.''

So does that mean that Trump will now have time to get back to work for the US taxpayers, instead of playing the victim at: golf, Twitter, and weekly emotional Red-State support pep-rallies?

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“It’s about a fair trial,” Pelosi told ABC's “'This Week." “We’ve done our job.

Uh, no, they've been too busy with Impeachment Lite to do their job.

We have defended the Constitution of the United States.

Nah, they've made a mockery of the Constitution.

Pelosi's still mad because bad orange man took away her jet keys during the government shutdown.

-12 ( +1 / -13 )

bad orange man 

Secret societies have secret handshakes to identify membership. The global alt right keyboard warriors use terms like orange man bad hoax sham witch hunt Hillary they've read in #chan/RT/Breitbart to identify themselves to each other. LOL SMH

5 ( +7 / -2 )

What a delight to see shifty Schiff lie and squirm while he is interrogated.

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The president also rebutted Pelosi's suggestion that no matter what the Senate does, the House vote last month means Trump will be “impeached forever" and “for life.”

Pelosi really knows how to get under his skin. LOL

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Nah, they've made a mockery of the Constitution.

Think you need to do a bit better than that. Still haven't seen an even vaguely coherent defence of Trump's actions. It has so far been limited to whining and a lot of shouting about witch hunts.

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Yes our President is 100% correct Nansi and Shitff should be called and interrogated. Let the world know what are they. Democrats want Trump impeached and replaced him with Biden president and Hunter Biden vice president.. This is left and lunatics want. Make USA a slave of China.

-4 ( +4 / -8 )

Trump blocks Bolton being called.

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Pelosi really knows how to get under his skin. LOL

Lol! And Trump knows how to get under her skin.

-4 ( +5 / -9 )

This is left and lunatics want. Make USA a slave of China.

Uh-huh - who gets their clothing line made in Chinese sweatshop factories even when he calls China an unfair trader?

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-event-touted-made-america-goods-lot-his-merchandise-couldn-n893656

Hey, Master of the Deal (as in QPQ) - we'll give you Schiff, Joe, and Hunter if you give us Pompeo, Perry, Pence, Bolton, Mulvaney, and Duffy...oh, and Stormy - we want to hear about that payoff...

Come on John, regale us with tales about the "drug deal"....

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The behavior of those reprobate Republican senators blocking all witnesses with first-hand knowledge of Trump's numerous violations of his oath of office is an affront to the Constitution and an insult to the American people who pay out of their pocket to finance their representatives' privileged life-styles. A bunch of subpoenas should have been issued long ago and those witnesses refusing to testify housed tout de suite in a super-max to chill some. Otherwise, what on earth is the meaning of this American "democracy" with an "infallible" and "untouchable" POTUS?

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The president also rebutted Pelosi's suggestion that no matter what the Senate does, the House vote last month means Trump will be “impeached forever" and “for life.”

That statement alone shows Nancy's (and the dems) hate and malice that is the motive behind the bogus impeachment. She wants Trump to suffer for the rest of his life. She doesn't in the least seem burdened by duty or concerned with the constitution. No one should feel glee about the President getting impeached. The whole country should feel sober about it. But she knows this and that's why she got caught on camera when she was slamming the gavel motioning to the dems to stop their cheering. But the the impeachment has nothing to do with the defense of the constitution and everything to do with the dem's corruption. The irony is, her reputation will be marred long after she's gone as the house leader who led a bogus impeachment against a president for purely political reasons and to revenge the 2016 outcome.

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What are Trump and the GOP hiding? I thought Trump said he was the most transparent president. Hmmm

You must admit that was funny trolling from Trump. He tweeted he’s running the most transparent administration in history while hiding his tax returns.

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The irony is, her reputation will be marred long after she's gone as the house leader who led a bogus impeachment against a president for purely political reasons and to revenge the 2016 outcome.

Yea, sure....let's see; He's already labeled a Russia-lover, a white supremacist, a serial pervert, and as we've seen this week, a war-hawk and a NEOCON... Now he'll be remembered as an impeached President - the stain will remain forever.

And once he's tossed out, he'll be indicted by the NYSD Attorney for the illegal payoff in the Stormy case - remember that check signed in black Sharpie?

He'll then be known as the first President to join 7 of his other compatriots at Club Fed....with several others (Perry, Crazy Rudy) just waiting their turn in the dock...

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And once he's tossed out,

Impossible.

he'll be indicted by the NYSD Attorney for the illegal payoff in the Stormy case - remember that check signed in black Sharpie?

The chances of that happening is as likely as Madonna becoming the next POTUS.

Did notice you completely ignored the Esper story...

It’s the Huffington Post, come on! ROFL!

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

The house interviewed everyone they wanted. If they wanted more could have waited for judicial to rule on subpoenas. So how can it be a “cover up “ in the Senate?

The Senate is simply reviewing what the House presents, no requirement to add to it.

-4 ( +4 / -8 )

When will the Repubs learn - when it comes to wars in the Middle East, the answer is never...

Oh the CNN inspired hysteria. Let's just say for argument's sake, if the US did just have a war with Iran after Trump took out Iran's #2, then it was a great war. Zero US casualties and the duration of a day. Shortest and sweetest war in history.

-4 ( +3 / -7 )

Steve Bannon

Rump turned the trashometer up to 11 and called him ‘sloppy Steve’.

He’s been discredited.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Trump didn't do anything wrong, house democrats are liars and Trump wont be impeached. Bring on the downvotes

-8 ( +2 / -10 )

Next will be the McConnell cover-up.

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Trump Tied Soleimani Hit To Support From GOP Hawks Ahead Of Impeachment Trial: Reports

https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-soleimani-gop-hawks-impeachment-trial-mar-a-lago-015057863.html

President Donald Trump openly discussed how the U.S. airstrike assassination of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani would shore up support from Republican Senate hawks in time for his impeachment trial, according to reports in both The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Killing people and causing the deaths of many others for his own selfishness!

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Trump Tied Soleimani Hit To Support From GOP Hawks Ahead Of Impeachment Trial: Reports

Yahoo? Ahh, the incredible reliable source. Lol

And even if that were true hypothetically, honestly it really wouldn’t matter because the world is still a better place with that man gone.

Killing people and causing the deaths of many others for his own selfishness!

no, the Iranian government is responsible for taking the plane down, their territory their land and they shot and killed their own people, no one told them to leave the missile defense system on, that is more than just incompetence, they knew they were commercial flights in the air and if they didn’t then that’s just dumb on their part.

-7 ( +2 / -9 )

No Republican Senator (except Romney) had any plan at all to vote for impeachment. That Yahoo article is speculative nonsense.

-7 ( +2 / -9 )

Talk about propaganda! the JT picture says it all!

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