But McConnell made clear recently he had sufficient Republican votes to ignore the Democrats' demands on witnesses and evidence.
Pelosi, a California Democrat, has been holding up the articles passed by the House on December 18 to pressure McConnell to announce the framework of how a trial would proceed in the Senate. Thereafter, Trump's legal team will respond to the charges. Susan Collins of ME, whose vote is among those most watched, announced Friday she was in discussions with other Republicans on a strategy that would allow the Senate to hear new testimony. It would require a rare rules change similar to the approach McConnell used for Supreme Court confirmations. A fair trial involves witnesses and documents. They take an oath to take - have a fair trial. It is expected to last between three to five weeks, with the Senate taking only Sundays off.
Trump does not want his brash former assistant to testify. If the Senate conducts its trial along those lines, as Republican McConnell has suggested, that would mean lawmakers would still be considering charges against the president while the first nominating contests of the 2020 presidential election were underway in Iowa and New Hampshire.
His political trial by the Senate will be only the third ever of a U.S. president. President Trump mocked the Democrats on Twitter, saying that the reason they were holding them up is that the articles were "a fraud".
Thursday, Speaker Pelosi addressed the "Clinton impeachment rules" at her weekly press conference "It's exactly not like Clinton in that he won't do a bipartisan agreement on how to proceed". While such as a resolution would mandate that opening statements and Senate questions come before a vote on whether to allow witnesses, the text of the resolution has not been released, in part, because McConnell has been surveying his members on the possibility of a motion to dismiss.
Collins is trying among some Republicans, including Romney and Lisa Murkowski from Alaska, to ensure that the ground rules include plans to consider voting for witnesses. Are leading the attempt to reject the allegations against Trump.
Trump was delaying almost $400 million in aide as Ukraine battles Russian Federation on its border while he pushed the country's new president to investigate.
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But ending one confrontation only starts another in the entire Capitol as the parties try to establish the conditions for debate on high crimes and crimes. Jim Jordan of Ohio, John Ratcliffe of Texas and Doug Collins of Georgia, who led the President's defense during the House's impeachment inquiry.
Timing: The House is in session this afternoon, but won't take up the articles until Tuesday after Pelosi meets with her caucus. Republicans could seek to call witnesses of their own as well.
Schiff said he thinks Bolton would fight a subpoena from the House.
Pelosi also left open the door to filing more articles of impeachment against Trump.
Some of the names White House officials threw out included Sens.
"The Senate will not be sucked into this precedent-breaking path", McConnell said.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., arrives to meet with reporters following escalation of tensions this week between the USA and Iran, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington.