Senate Democrats are growing eager to start President Trump's impeachment trial, a sign that patience is growing thin amid the standoff between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
The delay is upsetting efforts for senators to plan — both their work and personal schedules as well as their legislative efforts — amid the uncertainty over the standoff, according to multiple senators.
While most Democrats said it was the speaker's decision on when to send the articles, they made clear that the trial should start soon, hoping as early as next week.
Here's what they said:
- Sen. Angus King, a Maine independent who caucuses with Democrats, said "it's probably time" to begin the trial, but added he would leave the decision on sending the articles to Pelosi. "I think Mitch McConnell made clear what he's moving forward in terms of rules," he said.
- Sen. Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, said: "My hope is that we'll be able get the trial started next week." Murphy added: "I think if we're trying to create leverage on the Republicans, that leverage really exists when we put them on the record on motions to call witnesses."
- Sen. Richard Blumenthal, the senior Connecticut Democrat, added: "I'm ready to begin the trial tomorrow. As a former prosecutor, I'm ready to go to court."