House Speaker Nancy Pelosi continued to resist calls Thursday to transmit articles of impeachment to the Senate, even as a top Republican said GOP senators are expecting the California Democrat to send them by the end of the week.

At her weekly news conference, Pelosi reiterated her view that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) must lay out trial rules before she appoints impeachment managers. But she also pledged not to hold the articles “indefinitely” and said they would probably be transmitted “soon,” without giving further details.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), meanwhile, said that Republican senators are speculating that Pelosi will send the articles to the Senate “at the end of this week, like tomorrow.”

The crux of the Democrats’ case is the allegation that President 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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