Trump’s Senate impeachment trial to start next week

The House of Representatives will vote on Wednesday to name the managers of the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump and transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate, lawmakers said Tuesday.

The managers will likely be members of the Democratic caucus who played central roles in the House’s impeachment inquiry. Their role will be to make the Democrats’ case for Mr. Trump’s removal from office in the Senate trial, which could start as early as this week.


The president will also designate a team to defend him. White House counsel Pat Cipollone is expected to lead the team. Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer Jay Sekulow is also expected to join.

“The American people deserve the truth, and the Constitution demands a trial,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) said in a statement. “The House will now proceed with a vote on transmitting the articles of impeachment and naming impeachment managers on Wednesday, January 15.”


Democratic lawmakers said Tuesday they expect Mrs. Pelosi to name Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D., Calif.) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D., N.Y.) to be impeachment managers. Other lawmakers seen as possible managers include Val Demings (D., Fla.) and Jamie Raskin (D., Md.). It wasn’t known on Tuesday how many individuals Mrs. Pelosi would name.

For the 1999 impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton, Republicans named 13 managers, including current South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, current Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, and former Rep. James Rogan, the California Republican whom Mr. Schiff defeated in 2000.

Mr. Trump has maintained that the impeachment is a hoax, but has wavered over the terms of a trial. He has at times indicated he would support a quick trial but at other times indicating his preference for a longer trial that could vindicate him, not merely acquit him. He has also said he would support efforts to dismiss the case in the Senate without a trial.

Meanwhile, Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate debated the parameters of the trial. Democrats have demanded the ability to call witnesses and subpoena documents, while most Republicans favor a quick trial without hearing new evidence.

Mr. McConnell said House Democrats’ case can’t simultaneously be so strong that it was enough to impeach in the first place but also so weak that the Senate “needs to go fishing.”

If the case is strong, he said, there is no need for the Senate to reopen the investigation by seeking new testimony and witnesses. “If the existing case is weak, House Democrats should not have impeached in the first place,” Mr. McConnell said.

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