McConnell can start impeachment trial, delay on witnesses


WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appears to have secured enough Republican votes to start President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial but postpone a decision on witnesses or documents Democrats want.

The trial could start as soon as this week if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi releases the articles of impeachment. She is set to meet late Tuesday with her leadership team.  

The Senate Republican leader opened the Senate Tuesday morning outlining his proposal to start the trial first and postpone votes on witnesses until later. McConnell believes he has support for his plan, which is modeled after Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial 20 years ago, according to a congressional aide.

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