Clerk of the House Cheryl Johnson, left, and House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving pass through Statuary Hall at the Capitol to deliver the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
UPDATED 3:47 PM PT — Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Following House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s signing of the articles of impeachment on Wednesday, the Senate is expected to begin their impeachment trial.
White House officials are bracing for a “quick” trial in the Senate and said they don’t expect new witness testimonies. Top administration officials believe President Trump is overwhelmingly winning in the impeachment case. They also expect the trial to last no more than two weeks.
White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley said the president is not worried about the trial and believes Democrats’ case for impeachment is blatantly political.
“The whole process has been proven, to this point, to be a sham and illegitimate. The president has done nothing wrong. The articles of impeachment don’t even allege a crime. The president is focused on doing his job, focused on making the lives of all Americans better. Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats are focused on their own selfish political desires.”
– Hogan Gidley, White House Deputy Press Secretary
President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
Senators will reportedly vote on having witnesses in the impeachment trial, but not on promptly dismissing the House’s articles of impeachment. Wednesday reports, which cited GOP senators, said an organizing resolution for the trial will mandate senators debate and vote on a motion to subpoena additional witnesses.
GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander said the measure guarantees a vote on witnesses after arguments from both sides. The resolution does not call for a vote to immediately dismiss the articles of impeachment, which is an idea President Trump has previously expressed interest in.