McConnell: GOP will start impeachment trial, delay witnesses

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LISA MASCARO, MARY CLARE JALONICK and ALAN FRAM Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he has the votes to start President Donald Trump's impeachment trial as soon as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi releases the documents, winning support from GOP senators to postpone a decision on calling witnesses. The announcement is significant, enabling McConnell to bypass for now Democratic demands for new testimony as he launches the third impeachment trial in the nation's history on his preferred terms. It could begin this week if Pelosi sends the articles of impeachment to the Senate. She is set to meet late Tuesday with her leadership team. "We have the votes," McConnell told reporters. He said the question of new witnesses and documents will be a
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