A growing number of Senate Democrats on Wednesday called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to send articles of impeachment to the Senate, while Republicans seized on their remarks to ramp up pressure on the California Democrat.

The developments came as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) accused Pelosi of “shameless game-playing” for vowing not to send over the articles until she has seen the proposed rules for a trial of President Trump. Pelosi remained firm Wednesday evening on her refusal to transmit the articles.

The president addressed the nation earlier Wednesday on hostilities with Iran, a crisis overshadowing the impeachment drama.

The crux of the Democrats’ case is the allegation that Trump tried to leverage a White House meeting and military aid, sought by Ukraine to combat Russian military aggression, to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to launch an investigation of former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, as well as a probe of an unfounded theory that Kyiv conspired with Democrats to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

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