Senate Democrat: Pelosi ‘doing exactly the right thing’ withholding articles of impeachment

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Sen. Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenSunday shows preview: 2020 race heats up as impeachment moves to Senate Senate Republicans on delaying impeachment articles: ‘One of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard’ Otto Warmbier’s mom urges Trump not to accept ‘bad deal’ as North Korea threatens ‘Christmas gift’ MORE (D-Md.) defended Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump blasts ‘unfair’ impeachment, ‘extreme leftists’ in speech to young conservatives Sunday shows preview: 2020 race heats up as impeachment moves to Senate Global health is the last bastion of bipartisan foreign policy MORE‘s (D-Calif.) decision to not send the House-passed articles of impeachment to the Senate until parameters of a trial in the upper chamber are agreed upon.

“Speaker Pelosi is doing exactly the right thing,” Van Hollen said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “She is focusing a spotlight on the need to have a fair trial in the United States Senate.”

“And it’s especially necessary when you have Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellClyburn to White House: ‘I am not going to be intimidated’ Trump blasts ‘unfair’ impeachment, ‘extreme leftists’ in speech to young conservatives Sunday shows preview: 2020 race heats up as impeachment moves to Senate MORE, Sen. McConnell, who you quoted earlier, saying publicly that he is not going to be an impartial juror, even though that’s what the oath will require, that he’s going to work in lockstep with the president, who is the defendant in this case, and that he’s already said no to calling fact witnesses that have direct knowledge of what’s at stake in this impeachment,” he added, referring to the Senate Republican leader.

Democrats have been pushing for witnesses to be called during the Senate impeachment trial, but Republicans have pushed back.

“What’s a trial without each side being able to call their witnesses?” Van Hollen asked.

“If it was such a ‘perfect’ phone call, then send on Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyUncertainty hangs over Trump impeachment trial House chairwoman backs interest rate cap on payday loans The Hill’s Morning Report — Impeachment face-off; Dems go after Buttigieg in debate MORE down to talk about that phone call. Send John BoltonJohn BoltonWhy Senate Democrats are the real challenge to full impeachment trial Uncertainty hangs over Trump impeachment trial The Hill’s Morning Report — Impeachment face-off; Dems go after Buttigieg in debate MORE, what are they afraid of?” he added, referring to the acting White House chief of staff and former national security adviser.

The House voted last week largely along party lines in favor of two articles of impeachment — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — over President TrumpDonald John TrumpClyburn to White House: ‘I am not going to be intimidated’ Trump to headline event for evangelicals in the new year Brazil’s Bolsonaro says Trump won’t pursue steel, aluminum tariffs MORE‘s request during a phone call with Ukraine’s leader for investigations that could help him politically.

Pelosi has yet to confirm when she will send the articles to the upper chamber, as McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSunday shows preview: 2020 race heats up as impeachment moves to Senate Why Senate Democrats are the real challenge to full impeachment trial Klobuchar on impeachment: ‘This is a global Watergate’ MORE (D-N.Y.) look to reach a deal on the parameters of the process.

Democrats have railed against McConnell for saying that he will work in “total coordination” with the White House during the trial.

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