The latest on President Trump's impeachment

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7:28 p.m. ET, December 19, 2019

Trump tweets: "I want an immediate trial!"

From CNN's Allie Malloy 

President Trump just slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to hold off on transmitting the two articles of impeachment to the Senate and is now demanding an “immediate trial.” 

“So after the Democrats gave me no Due Process in the House, no lawyers, no witnesses, no nothing, they now want to tell the Senate how to run their trial," Trump tweeted.

Trump's tweet comes after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer failed to reach an agreement today on the structure for the Senate trial, according to two senators and an aide, leaving the path for a bipartisan agreement in limbo as Congress breaks for the holidays.

The pair met privately for 20 minutes, but the initial talks stalled over a dispute over when the articles of impeachment should be transmitted to the Senate from the House.

The two leaders differ on how they see any initial agreement coming together and that gap hasn’t yet narrowed. 

Read Trump's tweet:

5:21 p.m. ET, December 19, 2019

McConnell and Schumer fail to reach agreement as talks on Senate trial remain at an impasse

From CNN's Phil Mattingly and Lauren Fox

Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images
Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The top two Senate leaders failed to reach an agreement on the structure for the Senate trial, according to two senators and an aide, leaving the path for a bipartisan agreement in limbo as Congress breaks for the holidays.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer met privately off the Senate floor for 20 minutes, but the initial talks stalled over a dispute over when the articles of impeachment should be transmitted to the Senate from the House.

The two leaders differ on how they see any initial agreement coming together and that gap hasn’t yet narrowed. 

What happens now: The two sides are expected to continue to work toward an agreement over the holidays, the people said. The whole process remains in limbo as the House hasn’t voted to appoint managers and transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate.

McConnell has left open the possibility of voting to move forward with the trial without a bipartisan agreement when the Senate returns in January.

McConnell said earlier today he would have more to say “later” about the next steps for the Senate.

Schumer's spokesperson made clear the New York Democrat is still pushing for an agreement aligns with his proposal to hear from witnesses and obtain documents.

“Sen. Schumer asked Sen. McConnell to consider Sen. Schumer’s proposal over the holidays because Sen. Schumer and his caucus believe the witnesses and documents are essential to a fair Senate trial,” Justin Goodman, Schumer’s spokesman, said in a statement.

5:13 p.m. ET, December 19, 2019

Schumer asks McConnell to consider his proposal over the holidays

From CNN's Phil Mattingly and Ted Barrett 

Following a closed meeting between Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Schumer's spokesperson issued a statement asking the Kentucky Republican to consider a proposal on the upcoming impeachment trial over the holidays.

“Senator Schumer made clear to Sen. McConnell that the witnesses and documents are necessary to ensure a fair trial in the Senate. Sen. Schumer asked Sen. McConnell to consider Sen. Schumer’s proposal over the holidays because Sen. Schumer and his caucus believe the witnesses and documents are essential to a fair Senate trial," Schumer's spokesperson Justin Goodman said.

McConnell would not comment on Schumer's proposal as he left the Senate floor a few minutes ago, but said he would have more to say on the floor later. His aides don’t know when. 

4:36 p.m. ET, December 19, 2019

The articles of impeachment have been approved but not sent to the Senate. Here's why that matters.

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It's the day after the House voted to impeach President Trump. While the next step in the impeachment process involves a trial in the Senate, the House has yet to send articles over to the Senate — and the two chambers seem to be in a standoff.

Here's where things stand now:

  • The impeachment: The House voted last night to approve two articles of impeachment against the President — obstruction of Congress and abuse of power. See how each member voted here.
  • The House hasn't sent the case to the Senate yet: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would not commit today to sending the articles of impeachment against Trump to the Republican-held Senate. The Senate will eventually hold a trial to determine if Trump should be removed from office, but can't take up the issue until the House formally transmits the articles.
  • What we're waiting for: Pelosi told reporters today that she was waiting for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to cut a deal first on the rules that would govern the Senate trial before she sends over the articles.
  • Trump's thinking: The President is hoping to move quickly to a vigorous defense in the Senate and is distressed the trial he hopes will vindicate him might be delayed as the House pauses on transmitting the articles.
  • The possible timeline: We're not sure when McConnell and Schumer will decide on trial rules and when the House will send over the articles of impeachment. However, even before Trump was impeached, McConnell had said the Senate would hold the trial in the new year.
4:27 p.m. ET, December 19, 2019

Last House floor vote of the year underway 

From CNN's Haley Byrd 

The House is now taking its last vote of the year on passage of Trump’s revised NAFTA plan, or the US Mexico Canada Agreement.

The House will then adjourn until January, without a vote to formally advance and send the impeachment articles to the Senate. 

3:55 p.m. ET, December 19, 2019

Trump: "I don’t feel like I’m being impeached because it’s a hoax"

From CNN's Allie Malloy  

Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images
Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump told reporters in the Oval Office today that he doesn’t “feel” like he’s being impeached,” adding that it’s a hoax. 

“I don’t feel like I’m being impeached because it’s a hoax, it’s a setup. It’s a horrible thing they did,” Trump told reporters when asked how it feels to be the third president impeached by the House.

Trump criticized the Democratic party saying “they happen to have a small majority and they took that small majority and they forced people,” adding, “they put the arm on everybody.”

Trump also claimed that many Democrats “didn’t want to vote that way.”

The President then discussed his Michigan rally last night saying he had a “great time” adding the “room was packed.”

“It’s a phony deal and they cheapen the word impeachment… that should never again happen to another president," Trump said.

3:55 p.m. ET, December 19, 2019

Trump says it "looks like" White House counsel will be main lawyer in Senate trial 

From CNN's Allie Malloy 

Asked about his strategy for a Senate trial, President Trump told reporters that the Senate is “very, very capable,” adding that it “looks like” White House counsel Pat Cipollone will be his main lawyer in the trial.

Trump told reporters in the Oval Office: “We think that what they did is wrong. We think that what they did was unconstitutional and the Senate is very, very capable. We have great senators — Republican senators.”

When asked if Cipollone would be his main lawyer in the Senate trial, Trump said: “It looks like that yeah. Pat Cipollone. We have a couple of others that we’re gonna put in but Pat’s been fantastic as White House counsel.”  

He added: “He’s done a great job."

3:36 p.m. ET, December 19, 2019

House likely to close shop for the year today without approving key impeachment resolution

From CNN's Manu Raju

Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images
Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images

The House of Representatives is likely to close up shop today to begin its holiday recess — and it is not expected to vote on a resolution naming impeachment managers before lawmakers head home, according to senior Democratic sources.

That means transmitting the articles to the Senate could wait until the week of Jan. 6 when the House reconvenes after the new year.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said that the resolution to name impeachment managers needs to be approved first before the articles could be transmitted. And she's said that she needs to understand what the Senate trial will look like before naming the House managers who will prosecute the case before the senators.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are now meeting to discuss the process going forward. It remains to be seen whether the trial could start the week of Jan. 6, as initially expected, but it is still possible that it could start then.

It won't take much time for the House to approve the resolution naming the managers. The next day with House roll call votes is Jan. 7.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is expected to lay out the path ahead for the chamber on the floor after the next vote series.

3:38 p.m. ET, December 19, 2019

President Trump was impeached yesterday. Here's what happens next.

President Trump became the third president in US history to be impeached after a deeply-divided House passed two articles of impeachment — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Yesterday's House vote shifts the impeachment proceedings to the Senate, where a trial will decide whether to convict Trump and remove him from office.

CNN’s Lauren Fox explains what happens next and what a Senate trial could look like: