Pelosi says Trump impeach trial will happen, won’t have ‘get out of jail card’

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday said she expects former President Trump’s Senate trial to begin “soon” so that Trump won’t receive a “get out of jail card” because he’s left office.

The House impeached Trump last week for allegedly inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol riot that interrupted certification of President Biden’s victory, but some Democrats want to delay the trial to avoid distracting from Biden’s early legislative agenda.

“It will be soon. I don’t think it will be long. But we must do it,” Pelosi (D-Calif.) said at a press conference.

“I’ll be talking with the managers as to when the Senate will be ready for the trial of the then-president of the United States for his role in instigating an insurrection on the Capitol of the United States, on our democracy, to undermine the will of the people.”

Pelosi has not yet transmitted the single article of impeachment to the Senate, meaning a trial can’t start. She said at the press conference that she was waiting for the Senate to return to session, and that now she’s considering “other questions.”

“We had to wait for the Senate to be in session. They’ve now informed us they’re ready to receive, the question is other questions about how a trial will proceed. But we are — we are ready,” Pelosi said.

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