The speaker of the House of Representatives urged senators to allow the call of new witnesses.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that senators will “pay the price” if they do not allow new witnesses to testify in the case of the impeachment of President Donald Trump. She noted that Americans expect a fair trial.
Pelosi said that the House of Representatives in the coming week plans to put to a vote on the transfer of articles of impeachment to the Senate for a historic trial on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in connection with trump’s actions against Ukraine.
This will be the third impeachment trial in American history.
“We are talking about a fair trial. They take an oath that there will be a fair trial, and we believe that there should be witnesses and documents,” Pelosi said, speaking on ABC.
Right before Pelosi’s interview, trump posted a new tweet calling the speaker “Crazy Nancy.”
Commenting on the President’s tweet, Pelosi said: “Any attacks from him are an incentive.”
In the coming week, the democratic-controlled House of Representatives is set to vote to pass articles of impeachment to the Republican-controlled Senate. This will come after more than three weeks of delay initiated by Pelosi.
Senate Republican majority leader Mitch McConnell wants a quick trial.
He does not want to call new witnesses and has proposed a procedure similar to that used in the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton in 1999 when the process began and a vote was later held to hear new testimony.
Pelosi said senators should consider calling new witnesses, including former national security adviser John Bolton, who said he was ready to speak.
Democrats are trying to pressure senators, especially those preparing for re-election in 2020, to support calling new witnesses.
Pelosi believes that she was right to postpone the transfer of articles of impeachment to the Senate. According to her, this led to the emergence of new potential evidence and drew public attention to the upcoming process.