Transcript for Pelosi holds key meeting ahead of impeachment articles vote
We move to Washington and the next phase of the impeachment showdown is kicking off this morning. House speaker Nancy Pelosi holding a key meeting with house Democrats to peep for a vote to send the impeachment articles to the senate and start president trump's trial. Our senior congressional correspondent Mary Bruce tracking all the latest on capitol hill. Good morning, Mary. Reporter: Good morning, in just a short time the house speaker will be huddling behind closed doors with all house Democrats discussing which members could be prosecuting the case in the senate and finally deciding when to send over the articles of impeachment, which could happen as soon as today. That then sets off a series of proceed surely steps including agreeing on the guidelines in the senate and expect the formal trial to get under way early next week, George. One thing that appears to have been dismissed by the senate Republicans is this idea to dismiss the trial before actually holding arguments. Reporter: George, Republicans we have talked to here simply have no interest in a dismissal. They want a trial in the senate and it appears the Republicans don't have the votes to dismiss right now so it's all a bit of a nonstarter. Lots of focus on whether or not we're actually going to see witnesses at this trial. Reporter: George, a handful of key Republicans say they do want to hear from additional witnesses or at least want a promise now that they will consider those witnesses further down the line. Hearing from witnesses would dramatically change the dynamic of the trial in the senate and it can make it much longer but Mitch Mcconnell has made very clear he has no interest in hearing from them and looking for a quick acquittal of the president. Okay, Mary Bruce, thanks very much. George, as the impeachment trial gets under way there is a
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