GOP lawmakers were already fuming at Pelosi over her surprise decision to delay transmitting the articles to the Senate, but in the latest twist, the Democrat-led Judiciary panel alluded to the possibility of additional impeachment articles in briefs filed Monday in connection to their quest for testimony from former White House Counsel Don McGahn and secret grand jury material from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation. Murkowski's comments mark a rare instance of dissent for the Republican Party, which has been unified behind President Trump until now.
The US President blasted House Democrats by saying that they had no evidence, yet required a full impeachment trial.
In remarks to reporters after a video teleconference with members of the military on Christmas Eve from his Mar-a-Lago resort, Trump complained that he had been treated "very unfairly" by House Democrats who impeached him on two articles last week. He is accused of abusing the power of the presidency to benefit himself politically and then obstructing congressional efforts to investigate his actions.
FILE - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., readies to strike the gavel as she announces the passage of article II of impeachment against President Donald Trump, Dec. 18, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Tribe believes Trump has been impeached, said Dershowitz, and that Democrats will get a "win-win" by refusing to transfer the matter to the Senate. Pelosi, however, has not yet transmitted the articles of impeachment to the GOP-controlled Senate and has indicated that she does not intend to move to the next step in the process until Republicans provide details of their plans for disposal of witnesses and testimony. "She said it must be 'bipartisan & overwhelming, ' but this Scam Impeachment was neither", he wrote. McConnell needs 51 votes to set the rules for the hearing. "President Trump blocked his own witnesses and documents from the House, and from the American people, on phony complaints about the House process". Trump had also called for a probe into a debunked theory that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election. As the impeachment controversy mounted, Trump has subsequently claimed the "us" in his request to Zelenskiy referred not to him personally but to the United States.