House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Friday she will transmit the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate, ending a weeks-long stalemate with Senate Republicans.
Pelosi said she would be sending the articles to the Senate next week, Politico reported.
“I have asked Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler to be prepared to bring to the Floor next week a resolution to appoint managers and transmit articles of impeachment to the Senate,” Pelosi said in a letter to House Democrats.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has refused to budge on Democrats’ attempts to shape the impeachment trial process.
“There will be no haggling with the House over Senate procedure. We will not cede our authority to try this impeachment,” McConnell said on the Senate floor a day after he announced he had enough Republican votes to start the trial without agreeing to Democrats’ demands for the introduction of new witness testimony and documentary evidence.
McConnell, who has pledged to coordinate the trial with the White House, accused Pelosi of wanting to keep Trump “in limbo” indefinitely.
Following the House’s vote to impeach Trump on Dec. 6, Pelosi revealed she would not be transmitting the articles to the Senate immediately.
In the aftermath, Democrat leadership tried to shape the impeachment trial process, proposing terms more favorable to their party.
Pelosi’s scheme, which one conservative news outlet mockingly referred to as a “genius idea,” had resulted in a nearly month-long standoff with Senate Republicans, who wield a majority in the chamber.
The Senate trial could begin as soon as McConnell receives the impeachment articles, since Republicans have already secured a majority of votes for their chosen trial framework.
(Reuters contributed to this report.)