Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced that the House will vote Wednesday on a resolution appointing House impeachment managers and transmitting the articles of impeachment to the Senate, allowing the trial of President Trump to begin this week.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) later told reporters that he expects to engage in the initial phase of the trial this week, including the swearing in of senators as jurors. The substantive trial action would begin on Tuesday, he said.

Meanwhile, three House committees sent additional phone records and other evidence to the House Judiciary Committee, which urged Trump to honor congressional requests for further documents. The panel will transmit the new evidence to the Senate on Wednesday.

Speaking to journalists on Jan. 14, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) insisted any impeachment trial of President Trump must have witnesses. (The Washington Post)

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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