Pelosi sets Wednesday vote on sending Trump impeachment charges to Senate

US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (C) departs a Democratic caucus meeting after announcing the House will vote on 15 January to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate in the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA, 14 January 2020. The Senate impeachment trial against US President Donald J. Trump, on the charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, awaits the House resolution to appoint impeachment managers and send over the two articles of impeachment across the Capitol. EPA-EFE/SAM CORUM

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The Democratic-led US House of Representatives will vote on Wednesday to send formal impeachment charges against President Donald Trump to the Senate, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said, likely setting the start of Trump’s trial for later this week.

Pelosi met privately Tuesday at the Capitol with House Democrats about next steps, ending her blockade a month after they voted to impeach Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

The Speaker said the House will vote to transmit the charges and name the House managers for the case. She warned the Republican-led Senate off any idea of simply dismissing the case against Trump.

Trump became only the third US president to be impeached when the House last month approved charges that he abused his power by pressuring Ukraine to announce an investigation into his Democratic rival Joe Biden and obstructed Congress.

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