After delaying for nearly a month, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced in a letter to her colleagues Friday that she will be transmitting the two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate next week.
“I have asked Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler to be prepared to bring to the Floor next week a resolution to appoint managers and transmit articles of impeachment to the Senate,” Pelosi wrote in the letter.
“I will be consulting with you at our Tuesday House Democratic Caucus meeting.”
The speaker’s announcement was a sudden turnaround from her previous decision to continue delaying the transmission of the articles until she was assured of a “fair trial” by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
In particular, Pelosi also wanted McConnell to commit to calling more witnesses, but he had said repeatedly that the chamber would follow the model used by the Senate during President Bill Clinton’s 1999 impeachment trial.
Then, the House managers were asked to present their case and the president’s legal team was invited to respond to the charges.
As tensions mounted this week, some Senate Democrats pressured Pelosi to transmit the articles and drop her effort to get McConnell to agree to concessions — an idea she reportedly got from watching CNN.
Pelosi’s announcement marked a sudden reversal of her decision to delay the trial and try to force Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to commit to calling additional witnesses and evidence in the trial.
Pelosi’s spokesman Drew Hamil confirmed on Twitter that the articles would be sent to the Senate next week.