Posted by 15 January 2020
The House voted on December 18 to impeach Donald Trump. Today it finally voted to send the impeachment articles to the Senate.
As explained in our VoteSpotter Deep Dive, impeachment is only one step in the process of removing the president. The Senate must hold a trial and two-thirds of its members must convict the president before that happens. But in order for the Senate to hold a trial, the House must provide the articles of impeachment to the Senate. It must also approve managers who will present the House’s case to the senators when they are assembled for the trial.
By a vote of 228-193, the House approved the following members as impeachment managers:
- Adam Schiff (D-CA)
- Jerry Nadler (D-NY)
- Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)
- Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)
- Val Demings (D-FL)
- Jason Crow (D-CO)
- Sylvia Garcia (D-TX)
This vote also approves sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated that the Senate trial will convene in January 21. Chief Justice John Roberts will preside, as the Constitution commands. Look for an upcoming Deep Dive to explain in more detail what the Senate will do during this trial.
For weeks, Speaker Pelosi had resisted calls to send the impeachment articles to the Senate. She said that she was concerned about the Senate’s procedures. She wanted senators to hear from witnesses and take other steps that she said would make the trial fairer. Majority Leader McConnell demurred in any commitments on Senate procedure.
Do you think that Speaker Pelosi should have waited so long to transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate?