House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will not concede the apparent fact that Democrats do not have to votes to remove President Trump from office.
She contested a reporter’s question today, which was premised on the predicted acquittal, perhaps as soon as this weekend.
.@pkcapitol asks if Pres. Trump will be chastened or "emboldened because the Senate will have acquitted him?"@SpeakerPelosi: "He will not be acquitted. You cannot be acquitted if you don't have a trial. And you don't have a trial if you don't have witnesses and documentation." pic.twitter.com/HncgBj1PQE
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 30, 2020
Paul Kane asked the speaker if Trump would be on notice that the Congress is watching him, or “emboldened because the Senate will have acquitted him?”
“He will not be acquitted,” Pelosi responded.” You cannot be acquitted if you don’t have a trial. And you don’t have a trial if you don’t have witnesses and documentation.”
ABC News reports the whole thing could be over in a matter of hours:
Multiple Republicans tell ABC News they hope to move quickly to acquit the president within the next two days, ahead of his State of the Union address on Tuesday.
ABC News’ Trish Turner caught up with [Mitch] McConnell as he arrived at the Capitol Thursday morning. Asked if he has the votes he needs to win the day Friday on witnesses, he responded, “We’ll see what tomorrow brings.”
Then, when asked if he felt confident about the vote, he turned his head and with a sly grin and said, “I always do.”