The day after President Trump was impeached by the House for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, questions continued to swirl about the timing and scope of an anticipated Senate trial regarding his conduct toward Ukraine.

House leaders suggested a possible delay until they can get a guarantee of a fair trial in the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), meanwhile, in a floor speech, sharply criticized the House process as rushed and unfair and suggested that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is “too afraid” to transmit “their shoddy work product.”

Meanwhile, Trump, who is just the third president in U.S. history to be impeached, praised Republican unity Thursday in opposing the move, claiming that is “what people are talking about.”

●Trump is impeached by the House, creating an indelible mark on his presidency.

●After being impeached, Trump embraces the warm bubble of a rally where he’s listened to and cheered, no matter what.

●However historic, impeachment is but a way station in the struggle over Trump’s presidency.

12:20 a.m.
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Trump calls for ‘immediate trial’

By Colby Itkowitz

Trump railed against House Democrats for their decision to not send the articles of impeachment to the Senate right away.

“So after the Democrats gave me no Due Process in the House, no lawyers, no witnesses, no nothing, they now want to tell the Senate how to run their trial,” Trump tweeted. “Actually, they have zero proof of anything, they will never even show up. They want out. I want an immediate trial!”

11:35 p.m.
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Influential evangelical magazine says Trump should be ‘removed’

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Christianity Today, the evangelical magazine founded by evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham, published a surprising editorial by its editor-in-chief on Thursday calling for President Trump’s removal. The magazine has been critical of Trump but not politically outspoken during his administration.

The piece, which appeared to draw so many readers that the magazine’s website crashed briefly, was written by Mark Galli, who called Trump “a near perfect example of a human being who is morally lost and confused.”

“The president of the United States attempted to use his political power to coerce a foreign leader to harass and discredit one of the president’s political opponents,” he wrote. “That is not only a violation of the Constitution; more importantly, it is profoundly immoral.”

Read more here.

11:15 p.m.
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McConnell and Schumer make no headway on Senate trial

By Seung Min Kim
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) spoke Dec. 19 about negotiations with Democrats on the future of impeachment proceedings. (U.S. Senate)

McConnell and Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) spoke privately midafternoon Thursday on setting the parameters for Trump’s impeachment trial.

But they failed to reach any agreement that would help the Senate move forward on establishing at least the structures for a Senate trial, as Schumer continued to pressure McConnell on summoning four Trump administration officials as witnesses and obtaining an array of documents.

“My friend, the Democratic leader, continues to demand a new and different set of rules for President Trump,” McConnell said from the Senate floor Thursday evening. “He wants to break from that unanimously bipartisan precedent and force an all-or-nothing approach.”

McConnell described the discussion with Schumer as “cordial” but said the two sides “remain at an impasse” on the trial structure. Republicans have said Schumer is departing from the bipartisan standard set unanimously by the Senate in 1999, when senators agreed to basic provisions of a trial such as the length of time for opening arguments and questioning by senators, but did not decide on witnesses until weeks into then-President Bill Clinton’s trial.

10:00 p.m.
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Pelosi thanks Democrats, quotes Shakespeare’s ‘Henry V’

By Felicia Sonmez

Pelosi sent a letter to House Democrats Thursday night thanking them “for the outstanding moral courage that has been demonstrated, not only yesterday but every day of this prayerful process.”

“We have defended democracy For The People: honoring the vision of our Founders for a Republic, the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform to defend it and the aspirations of our children to live freely within it,” she wrote.

She also quoted the St. Crispin’s Day Speech, a lengthy passage from Shakespeare’s ‘Henry V’ that popularized the phrase “band of brothers.”

9:20 p.m.
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No further House votes until Jan. 7, Hoyer announces

By Felicia Sonmez and Rachael Bade

House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) announced Thursday afternoon that there will be no further House votes until Jan. 7, 2020, prompting applause from Democrats in the chamber.

The announcement means that the House will not approve impeachment managers and send the articles of impeachment to the Senate until at least next month.

In a statement after meeting with McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said through a spokesman that Democrats continue to press for the inclusion of more witnesses and documents in a Senate trial.

“Sen. Schumer asked Sen. McConnell to consider Sen. Schumer’s proposal over the holidays because Sen. Schumer and his caucus believe the witnesses and documents are essential to a fair Senate trial,” Schumer spokesman Justin Goodman said.

And Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who had temporarily joined the House Intelligence Committee during the impeachment proceedings, submitted his resignation from the panel Thursday night.

8:35 p.m.
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Trump says he doesn’t feel impeached

By Colby Itkowitz

Asked how it feels to be impeached, Trump told reporters: “I don’t feel like I’m being impeached because it’s a hoax. It’s a setup. It’s a terrible thing they did.”

The president, sitting in the Oval Office with Democrat-turned-Republican Rep. Jeff Van Drew (N.J.), also accused Democrats of “playing games” over whether to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate.

Trump then cryptically mentioned: “You’ll see some very interesting things happen in the coming days and weeks.” He did not elaborate further.

As for a strategy for a Senate trial, Trump said that the Senate is “very capable” and he will let them decide how to handle the situation. McConnell has said he’s working in concert with the White House on strategy.

Trump also confirmed that White House Counsel Pat Cipollone will be his lead lawyer for the trial.

“I think so, it looks like that,” Trump told reporters when asked.

8:05 p.m.
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Anti-impeachment Democratic congressman switches parties and joins GOP

By Robert Costa

Van Drew, who was elected in 2018, met with Trump in the Oval Office to formally announce his switch to the Republican Party.

The congressman’s decision to oppose both articles of impeachment — and his willingness to proclaim his views on Fox News — alienated Democratic voters in his district and sparked a primary challenge that threatened his prospects for reelection.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Vice President Pence and counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway were among those in attendance for the announcement.

Van Drew told Trump, with reporters looking on, that he has his undying support, and Trump said the congressman, in turn, has his endorsement.

“This is just a better fit for me,” Van Drew said.

Van Drew this year has voted with Democrats on all of their major legislative priorities.

Read more here.

7:45 p.m.
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Trump wants a Senate trial as House Democrats mull what to do with impeachment articles

By Josh Dawsey

Trump is continuing to push Senate Republicans to hold an impeachment trial so that he can be acquitted of the charges leveled against him by the House, even as Democrats weigh when to formally send over the articles approved Wednesday night, according to White House officials and informal presidential advisers.

Pelosi said Thursday that she wanted to see what the Senate process would be before submitting the impeachment articles, saying she wants to ensure the trial will be “fair.”

Some Democrats say it doesn’t make sense to send the articles to the Senate because it is almost guaranteed that Trump will be found not guilty by the GOP-controlled chamber, allowing him to crow about the acquittal on the campaign trail.

Trump wants the Senate to vindicate him after he did not participate in the House impeachment process because he said Democrats were not being fair to him. He remains inclined to want a range of witnesses to appear because he believes their testimony would be damaging for Democrats, according to the officials and advisers who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the private discussions.

But White House lawyers are unsure what they would do if the House doesn’t send the articles of impeachment over to the Senate.

McConnell has argued to White House advisers and Trump that every witness request would need to be approved by a majority vote, which could put some Senate Republicans in a difficult political spot, and that Democrats could also unearth information with their questioning, people familiar with the talks said.

But Trump is increasingly convinced that the impeachment process is helping his reelection odds in swing states, according to aides.

White House officials said they still expect there will be a trial.

Senate Democrats continue to push for a full trial and have seized on McConnell’s recent comments that he is coordinating with the White House to argue that Republicans do not plan to conduct a fair process.

Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) said in an interview that he wanted McConnell to allow witnesses, such as acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and former national security adviser John Bolton, to testify.

“The whole process is preempted by Mitch McConnell colluding with the defendant,” Manchin said.

6:30 p.m.
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Gidley says White House working with McConnell on ‘best way to move forward’

By John Wagner

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said Thursday that the White House is continuing to work with McConnell “to figure out the best way to move forward” with an anticipated Senate impeachment trial.

“We’re ready for anything,” Gidley said during an appearance on Fox News. “How that actually looks in the Senate, you know, we’ll wait and see. We’re working, obviously, with Mitch McConnell to figure out the best way to move forward. But let’s be clear, after that sham for months [in the House] … do we really want to move forward with more of this in the Senate. I’d say not.”

Gidley said the talk of withholding the articles marked the effective end of impeachment.

“I think this has come to an end, by this latest ploy, by this latest gimmick by Nancy Pelosi. The people see right through this sham,” he said.

6:20 p.m.
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Trump campaign says Democrats who voted to impeach are ‘TRAITORS’

By Felicia Sonmez

Trump’s 2020 White House campaign sent an email to supporters Thursday seeking to raise money off the president’s impeachment and describing House Democrats as “TRAITORS.”

In the email, sent under the subject line “Make them pay,” Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale writes that Democrats “have declared open war on American democracy,” echoing the language Trump used in his letter to Pelosi this week.

“229 Democratic TRAITORS voted to impeach President Trump for NO REASON other than the fact that they don’t like him,” Parscale writes in the letter. “The American people elected President Trump, but Democrats and the FAKE NEWS still can’t accept it.”

Trump’s campaign also seized on comments Clyburn made earlier Thursday on CNN. The South Carolina Democrat had criticized McConnell’s recent remark that a Senate trial would be inherently political, likening the Kentucky Republican’s position to that of someone saying, “Let’s give him a trial and hang him.”

But in its tweet, the Trump campaign falsely claimed that Clyburn had said “Hang him!” in reference to Trump. “This hatred and anger is out of control!” the tweet read.

5:45 p.m.
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‘Fine with us’ if Pelosi doesn’t transmit articles, McConnell says

By John Wagner and Rachael Bade

McConnell told reporters that it’s “fine with us” if Pelosi decides not to transmit articles of impeachment, averting a Senate trial of Trump.

“If the speaker wants to hold on to them, that’s fine with us,” the Republican Senate leader said.

Earlier, McConnell scoffed at the notion that Democrats could gain leverage by delaying the transmittal of the articles and told reporters that he is “not anxious” to hold a Senate trial.

“It’s beyond me how the Speaker and Democratic Leader in the Senate think withholding the articles of impeachment and not sending them over gives them leverage,” McConnell told reporters in a hallway of the Capitol. “Frankly, I’m not anxious to have the trial. … If [Pelosi] thinks her case is so weak she doesn’t want to send it over, throw me into that brier patch.”

5:15 p.m.
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Schumer says he and Pelosi are ‘on the same page’

By Mike DeBonis

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he and Pelosi are “on the same page” following a meeting Thursday.

“We want a fair trial,” Schumer said, adding that he supports comments made by Pelosi at a morning news conference.

At the news conference, Pelosi said she is waiting to name House impeachment managers until the Senate outlines the process it plans to follow for a potential trial.

Schumer would not answer when asked whether he thinks an extended withholding of the articles of impeachment by the House is a real possibility.

5:10 p.m.
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McCarthy claims Pelosi is ‘admitting defeat’ by not sending articles of impeachment to Senate

By Felicia Sonmez

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Thursday said Pelosi is “admitting defeat” by not sending the articles of impeachment approved by the House over to the Senate.

At his weekly news conference, McCarthy suggested that Pelosi will not send the articles to the other chamber because “she knows this outcome is not good” and that “the facts are not there.”

“Now we have the own speaker of the House, who is so embarrassed that she admits the failure of this impeachment that she will not even send it to the Senate — so embarrassed that I watched in her press conference that she wouldn’t even take your questions,” McCarthy said. “That is not a good legacy to have. She’s admitting defeat by not sending it.”

4:20 p.m.
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Pelosi says she won’t name impeachment managers until Senate sketches out trial

By Felicia Sonmez, Mike DeBonis and Rachael Bade

At a news conference the morning after the House voted to impeach Trump, Pelosi said she is waiting to name impeachment managers until the Senate outlines the process it plans to follow for a potential impeachment trial.

“The next thing for us will be when we see the process that is set forth in the Senate,” Pelosi told reporters. Pelosi emphasized that there needs to be a “fair process,” although she declined to go into detail.

Under the rules the House adopted Wednesday for consideration of the impeachment articles, a resolution naming the impeachment managers — and authorizing the transmittal of the articles to the Senate — can be called up at any time by Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) or a designee.

There is no time limit on that authority; the House is expected to recess for the winter holidays as soon as Thursday and not return until Jan. 7.

At the news conference, Pelosi said she is not ready “to put the managers in that bill yet because frankly we don’t know the arena that we’re in.”

Earlier, Rep. Denny Heck (D-Wash.) summed up the thinking behind the strategy, likening Pelosi’s selection of managers to a coach picking which players to put on the court.

“It’s like a sports team: The people that you have on the court or on the field depend on the circumstance, right? Who is the opposition?” he asked. “If you’re in basketball, are you playing a tall lineup or a short, fast lineup? We don’t know what the ground rules are yet so how can we select our personnel?”

Some lawmakers expressed skepticism that a delay would improve the House Democrats’ position with the Senate.

“I think it’d be better if we just move things along a little bit,” said Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) “There’s been all this speculation about trying to leverage some opportunities over there. I don’t see that being likely with Mitch McConnell.”

At her news conference, Pelosi also praised lawmakers who voted for impeaching Trump on Wednesday night, telling reporters that she has a “spring in my step because of the moral courage of our caucus.”

“No one is above the law, and the president has been held accountable,” Pelosi said.

Shortly after Pelosi’s news conference got underway, Trump tweeted an attack on her, accusing the speaker of being afraid to move the impeachment process to the Senate.

“Pelosi feels her phony impeachment HOAX is so pathetic she is afraid to present it to the Senate, which can set a date and put this whole SCAM into default if they refuse to show up! The Do Nothings are so bad for our Country!” Trump tweeted.