Impeachment news roundup: Jan. 14


Emerging from a caucus meeting this morning, House Democrats indicated a vote on transmitting articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump would be held Wednesday.

Rep. Karen Bass says Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not identify the impeachment managers but Rep. Henry Cuellar said Pelosi said the resolution would be done tomorrow and a vote would occur then.

“That’s what we would assume, everything would be done tomorrow,” the Texas Democrat said. Pelosi did not say how many managers there would be, Cuellar said.

Pelosi declined to tell reporters Monday evening when the House would vote on managers or whether she had made her selection.

“I’ll be discussing it with my colleagues tomorrow,” she said leaving a Democratic Steering and Policy Committee where she also did not offer any hints, according to several members present.

Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer told reporters Monday the House and Senate both have a day in mind for the vote and transmission of articles but he declined to say which day, other than it would be “by the end of the week.”

He did say the House would not be in Friday, seeming to limit the options down to Wednesday or Thursday.

Here is the latest on impeachment:

What else they talked about: “She talked about what’s not happening in the Senate,” Rep. Rosa DeLauro said of what Pelosi did say in the meeting. She repeated Democrats’ arguments that the rules the Senate is considering are not identical to the rules for Clinton’s trial. Not calling witnesses would be unprecedented, DeLauro said.

The speaker used much of the meeting to lay out procedural technicalities of the impeachment handoff and the House’s role, said Rep. Diana DeGette of Colorado.

Asked if Pelosi told the caucus who she would name as managers, New York Rep. Max Rose said she did not, but that the speaker did provide a breakfast that was “out of this world.”

Managerial decisions: Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters, Oversight Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, and Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal, who were among six committee chairs leading investigations into Trump this year, all said they will not be impeachment managers, nor did they want to be.

“I think it’s more of a lawyerly undertaking now,” Neal said. Waters also said she thinks the managers should be attorneys.

Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler declined to say whether he would be named a manager as he left the meeting. He declined to reveal any details on those picks, including whether he was involved in the deliberations or whether the list has been finalized.

Nadler did say he expects the resolution naming the managers to be released “soon.” When asked to clarify if that meant the text would be released Tuesday, he said, “possibly.”

Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a veteran member of the Judiciary Committee who worked in different capacities on the Clinton and Nixon impeachments, said “I can’t really discuss it,”  when asked whether she has been asked to serve as a manager.

“I did not apply for it,” she said, when asked if she wanted to be one.

“Whatever the speaker wants is what we’ll do,” Lofgren said.

Dismissal dismissed: Chances of the Senate dismissing the articles in short order appeared to diminish Monday with at least five Republican senators saying they would vote against such a move or that they would consider voting for hearing witnesses.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can only afford to lose four Republican senators to be able to dismiss the case against Trump. Sens. Lamar Alexander, Roy Blunt, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Mitt Romney have all indicated that McConnell shouldn’t count on their vote.

Trump suggested over the weekend that he would prefer that the Senate dismiss the case rather than give the “hoax” any credibility.

“No games”: Republican Rep. Jim Banks thinks Pelosi held the impeachment articles for several weeks in part to have the impeachment trial hang over Trump at his Feb. 4 State of the Union address.

Banks said in a series of tweets Trump should tell her “no games” and say he won’t deliver his SOTU until after the trial.

“Its not just America watching SOTU each year,” Banks tweeted. “Tehran is watching. Hong Kong is watching. Taipei is watching. Each have made clear they want their cities & nations to look more like USA. Trump must deliver message of peace, strength & unity to freedom-loving ppls around the globe!”

.@SpeakerPelosi, by delaying delivering articles of impeachment, is hoping ongoing Senate trial and impeachment cloud hangs over POTUS at SOTU. @realDonaldTrump should say “no games” and tell her he’ll deliver SOTU only after our country clears the divisive impeachment hurdle.

Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) January 14, 2020

Its not just America watching SOTU each year. Tehran is watching. Hong Kong is watching. Taipei is watching. Each have made clear they want their cities & nations to look more like USA. Trump must deliver message of peace, strength & unity to freedom-loving ppls around the globe!

Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) January 14, 2020

Pomp and circumstance: The transmission of the articles is more like a choreographed procession, with plenty of pomp and circumstance between the House and the Senate.

Democrats debate: The timing of the transmission of articles will allow the Democratic senators running for the nomination to challenge Trump in November to participate in tonight’s debate in Iowa.

Sens. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts are scheduled to be on the debate stage. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado didn’t qualify. And Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, who also didn’t qualify, dropped out of the race on Monday.

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