TRUMP IMPEACHMENT TRIAL TO START WEDNESDAY

President Trump greets visitors before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on Monday. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)
President Trump greets visitors before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on Monday. 

By Washington Post staffers

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has 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.

In anticipation of the historic event, senators in the chamber controlled by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have been manoeuvring behind the scenes about whether the trial should include witnesses and who might be summoned to testify.

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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