Blumenauer wants Senate impeachment trial delayed
Oregon U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer is among three dozen House Democrats pushing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to delay sending articles of impeachment against President Trump to the U.S. Senate.
After a contentious six-hour debate Wednesday, Dec. 18, Blumeanuer voted to impeach Trump. He then released a statement, which said in part, "I voted proudly for these two articles and I hope the House retains control of them until Speaker Pelosi and Leader Schumer can negotiate an agreement with McConnell on process and witnesses, so that the next stage will be open and fair, and that Donald Trump will ultimately be held accountable for his actions." The statement refers to ongoing negotiations with Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell about the rules for the Senate trial by Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
The Washington Post reported that Blumenauer said he had discussed the delay with the other Democrats on Wednesday as a way of ''rounding out the record and spending the time to do this right.''
''At a minimum, there ought to be an agreement about access to witnesses, rules of the game, timing,'' the newspaper quoted Blumenauer as saying. The story also said Blumenauer had already raised the issue with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland and other top Democrats, as well as Pelosi.
Blumenauer also tweeted on Wednesday, "By all means impeach him today, but we shouold retain control of the articles, allow investigations to continue, & do the job right."
In a one-minute floor speech, Blumenauer said leaders of both chambers should make sure the next step was "open and fair." "I vote proudly for these two articles impeachment," Blumenauer said. "And then I hope the House retains control of the articles until the Speaker (Pelosi) and (Minority) Leader (Chuck) Schumer can negotiate agreement on process and witnesses from (Senate Majority Leader Mitch) McConnell so that the next stage will be open and fair, so that Donald Trump will ultimately be held accountable."
According to the Post's story: "The notion of impeaching Trump but holding the articles in the House has gained traction among some of the political left as a way to potentially force Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, to conduct a trial on more favorable terms for Democrats. And if no agreement is reached, some have argued, the trial could be delayed indefinitely, denying Trump an expected acquittal."
Blumenauer represents the Third Congressional District, which includes most of Portland and Multnomah County.
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